GREAT Scheme for textile sector in India


The GREAT Scheme is an initiative by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. It aims to boost innovation and entrepreneurship in the technical textiles sector.


  • Promote research and development: GREAT encourages scientists, technologists, and startups to translate their ideas into commercially viable products and technologies for technical textiles.
  • Support Startups and Individual Entrepreneurs: The scheme provides financial assistance to individuals and startups for developing functional prototypes and commercializing technical textile solutions.
  • Enhance Market Penetration: GREAT aims to increase the use of technical textiles in India by fostering innovation and product development.
  • Niche Segment Focus: The scheme has a specific focus on supporting innovation in niche areas like bio-degradable and sustainable textiles, high-performance and speciality fibres, and smart textiles.


  • The scheme offers grant-in-aid of up to Rs. 50 lakh for a period of up to 18 months.
  • This funding can be utilized for activities like research, development, prototype creation, and commercialization.
  • The Ministry of Textiles provides an additional 10% of the total grant amount to incubators supporting these startups.
  • ·  The selected startups are required to contribute a minimum of 10% of the sanctioned grant amount in two equal installments.

Implementation Timeline:

  • The GREAT Scheme was launched with a four-year implementation period, starting from FY 2020-21 and concluding in FY 2023-24. (It’s important to note that UPSC might ask about recently launched schemes, so you can mention this as a point, but be aware the current implementation period might be over).


  • The GREAT Scheme plays a crucial role in propelling India’s technical textiles sector towards self-reliance and global leadership.
  • By fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, the scheme can contribute to job creation, import substitution, and technological advancement in the textile industry.

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