Biotechnology as an emerging area has an immense potential to improve the lives of socially and economically weaker sections of the society. There are many dedicated individuals/organizations, who are working at the grass-root level for societal development through application of biotechnological interventions in agriculture and allied areas, healthcare and hygiene empowering people in livelihood generation, skill development and entrepreneurship for self employment etc. To recognize such, individuals/social organizations (NGOs, trusts etc.) Department of Biotechnology has been conferred ‘Biotechnology Social Development Awards’ from 2015. Three awards are given annually in two categories (i) Individual category (02 awards), (ii) Organization (01 award). Each award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5.00 Lakhs alongwith a citation and a trophy. The applicant must be a citizen of India and can be an individual/ extension scientist/ teacher/ NGO/ social organization having done outstanding work towards societal development through biotechnological interventions. Scientists/ teachers engaged in DBT funded projects are also eligible to apply for the award.