Indian Nanoelectronics Users Program -- Idea to Innovation(INUP - i2i )


To facilitate and support the generation of expertise and knowledge in nanoelectronics through participation and utilization of the facilities established at these six centres by researchers across the country.

The specific goals are:

Assist academic researchers with their research work in Nanoelectronics by enabling fabrication and characterization at the Nanocenters.

Encourage collaboration among researchers using the facilities of the Nanocenters and benefit from complementary expertise.

Encourage the development of prototypes and technological upscaling with hackathons, to create societal impact. Enable Startups by providing access to state-of-the-art equipment and technical know-how in the area of Nanoelectronics.


Enhancing R&D ecosystem in the area of nano electronics by leveraging the Nano centres established by MeitY.

To conduct training/workshops in the field of Nanoelectronics for wider dissemination of knowledge.

To support the exploratory and innovative research for development of technologies in Nanoelectronics.

Broadening of Nano electronics research base in the country by mentoring of tier 2/3 educational institutions through collaboration.

Mentoring startups for commercialization of nano-based technologies.

Conduct Hackathons/Grand Challenge targeting societal applications to develop Nano engineered solutions.

Types of Training

INUP-i2i organizes various training programs across all the six Centre for Excellence in Nanoelectronics for all potential users across the country in the area of nanofabrication/ characterization/ simulation techniques. Researchers comprising of faculty, students (M.Tech./ Ph.D.), scientists and engineers from academic and research institutions are trained at three different levels.

Level 1 - Familiarization workshops provide different aspects of Nanoelectronics and provide exposure to the research infrastructure available at the Nano Centers. This workshop is being organized both for familiarization and for interaction of the participants with faculty members and research students of the host Institute. The Familiarization workshop would be conducted either in virtual mode or on-site workshops. The lecture series would be available on NPTEL as well as any IT-enabled platform. Apart from modules, there would be a series of lectures and application notes on equipment available at the Nano Centers. These would provide in-depth information about the equipment and their capabilities.

Level 2 – Hands-on training workshops will be conducted at the Nano Centers for selected researchers. We envision providing the researchers upto 10 days of training on equipment and the processes that are likely to be used for their project execution.

Hands on training workshop would be organized on the following different themes:

Level 3 – INUP-i2i invites project proposals from academic researchers throughout the year. The selected projects from researchers trained at Levels 1 and 2, would be executed at the Nanocenters in Level 3. Professional experts at the Nanocenters employed under this project (in addition to faculty) will provide the required support and guidance.

In the INUP-i2i, two classes of Level-3 projects will be supported. The first is 'Research and Innovation Projects', and the second is 'Startup Support'. Traditionally, the 'Research Projects' supported by INUP were aimed at academic researchers for executing thesis and research. In INUP-i2i, this project shall also support a substantial number of 'Innovation Projects' with start-up potential. The selection criteria for "Research Projects" will continue to be scientific novelty and rigor. Selection criteria for 'Innovation Projects' will be translation potential and societal/industrial/strategic relevance. INUP-i2i will connect the Innovation Project investigators to external facilities for possible translation, namely SCL, SITAR, CEERI, CDAC and CMET.

Salient Features

Manpower Training

Training for the academic researchers are provided at three levels;

Level 1 - Familiarization workshops

On site


Level 2 - Hands-on Training Workshops

On site

Digital modules

Level 3 - Project execution for the selected research projects from academia

Individual proposals from academia

Proposals from Hackathons

Proposals from Collaborating Institutes



Facility Usage

Networking (incubators, prototype facilities)

Collaborating Institutes

Project Training

Patenting, incubation etc.,


Prototype (Proof- of -concept devices)


Publications (Journal and Conferences)

Industry Training

Training will be provided on payment basis


INUP - i2i

IIT Bombay (Chief Investigators)

  Chief Investigator Chief Investigator Chief Investigator Chief Investigator Chief Investigator
Name Prof. Ashwin Tulapurkar Prof. Saurabh Lodha Prof. Udayan Ganguly Prof. Swaroop Ganguly Prof. Soumyo Mukherji
Designation Professor Professor Professor Professor Professor
Department Biosciences and Bioengineering Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering
Address IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076

IIT Bombay (Co-Chief Investigators)

  Co-Chief Investigator Co-Chief Investigator Co-Chief Investigator
Name Prof. Dipankar Saha Prof. Apurba Laha Prof. Kasturi Saha
Designation Professor Professor Associate Professor
Department Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering
Address IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076

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