Mashelkar Foundation

Criteria and Process


Formerly known as “Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award”


Anjani Mashelkar Prize (formerly known as the Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award) is an initiative by the Anjani Mashelkar Foundation, instituted by Padma Vibhushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar in 2011. The Prize is being offered for the past 12 years to the best innovators of the country with a motive to recognize and reward such innovators who develop high technology solutions for the excluded members of society.

The prize is named after Dr. Mashelkar’s late mother, who raised him facing many hardships as a poor, uneducated widow. In spite of her own circumstances, she always wished to do something to improve the quality of life of resource-poor and excluded people.

The award gets bigger this year as the top finalists get to become a part of the exclusive acceleration cohort with opportunities like funding, market access, R&D support and multiple scale-up avenues.

This is an annual award of INR 1 Lakh, given to an individual or an organization for a prototyped innovation or a commercialized product or service. This award presents an opportunity to spur and fuel innovation for the benefit of the excluded sections of society in order to ‘include’ them in the mainstream. Most importantly, it will value solutions that represent ‘affordable excellence‘, breaking the myth that ‘affordability’ and ‘excellence’ cannot go together.

The selection process for Anjani Mashelkar Prize is transparent and involves an eminent Jury comprising of stalwarts across all walks of life – bringing together a rich amalgamation of experiences and outlooks towards innovation.


Anjani Mashelkar Prize recognizes & rewards the spirit to solve the problems of India by creating access equality despite income and other inequalities. If you are an innovator keen to solve problems of India through ultra-affordable but excellent solutions, applying to the Anjani Mashelkar Prize will not only offer you the chance of winning a cash reward of INR 1 Lakh but also open a horizon of infinite possibilities for the acceleration of your company through funding, partnerships, outreach, technology development and business model innovation.

  • All innovations (devices, software, technology, and so on)  which cater to people at scale
  • Only Indian organizations or persons of Indian origin with no age bar
  • Innovations at the prototype or proof of concept stage that have the potential to be successful innovations are eligible; raw ideas will not be considered
  • The products, services or business models should be original and novel
You are invited to apply for the nomination as an organization or as an individual innovator and can even extend nomination to other companies, organizations and individuals who are working in the inclusive innovation space.
  • Post receiving applications for the prize, the team of experts will review and shortlist applications
  • The team will reach out to shortlisted applicants for further due diligence
  • The best innovation will be selected from the shortlist by our esteemed Jury
  • The award will be given at the hands of an eminent personality on 17th November 2023 in Pune

The award will be given at the hands of an eminent personality on 17th November 2023 in Pune

Eminent Chief Guests who graced Anjani Mashelkar Prize Ceremony over the years
Mrs. Sangita Jindal
Chairperson, JSW Foundation
Dr. Vijay Kelkar
Chairman of the Forum of Federations, Ottawa & India Dev. Found., New Delhi
Late Mr. Girish Bapat
Member of Parliament
Mr. Hamid Ansari
Former Vice President of India
Dr. Vikas Amte
Innovative Scientist
Prof. Anil Gupta
Retired professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
D.R. Mehta
Former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India
Dr. Abhay Bang
Founder Director, SEARCH (Soc. for Edu., Action & Research in Comm. Health)
Ms. Anu Aga
Former Chairperson of Thermax Ltd.
Dr. Narayana Murthy
Former CEO of Infosys


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