Joint Call for project proposals 2022 Indo-Danish research and innovation cooperation in the area of “Green fuels including green hydrogen”

Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD), and Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, announces this joint call for submission of project proposal in “Green fuels including green hydrogen”. This is in pursuance to the agreement of May 22, 2018, between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of Denmark on cooperation in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Green Strategic Partnership between India and Denmark and the detailed 5-year Action Plan (2021-2026).

1. PRIORITISED RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AREAS

The target of this India – Denmark call is to enhance value creation through research and innovation for the development of new technologies, solutions, services and business models related to the following topics: Green fuels including green hydrogen Green fuels for transport and industry (Power-to-X, etc.). Solutions to convert electricity from renewable energy into products that can be used to reduce emissions from parts of the transport and industrial sectors where there are no cost-effective alternatives to fossil energy. Projects can contribute to e.g.: –

1. Renewables based green hydrogen production, storage and utilization
2. Electrolysers and fuel cells
3. Innovations on improving efficiency, boosting production capacity and finding robust, cheaper alternatives to the rare materials used in current electrolysers/fuel cells
4. Support for the establishment of Gigawatt- scale electrolyser test centre.
5. Manufacturing of electrolyser /fuel cell components such as membranes, stack integrators, suppliers of supporting technology and system integrators
6. Standardising and automating production processes
7. Distribution network for H2 transport using polymers/converting current gas distribution
8. Underground H2 storage facility
9. Decarbonisation of hard-to-abate industries like refineries, steel, Ammonia etc.,
10. Photoelectrochemical systems for hydrogen production
11. The integration of Power-to-X-systems to the energy system (e.g. sector coupling)”

Note: Please note that the call is not exclusive to these topics and is open to any other research addressing problems related to green fuels including green hydrogen.

2. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
The Danish and Indian applicants will develop one joint Project plan and the plan will be sent to both IFD (Denmark) and DST (India) using the forms of each organization, respectively. It should be ensured that application with identical title has been submitted from both counterparts. Project proposal must include the name of one Principal Investigator (PI) each in India and Denmark. On the Indian side it is advised to include one Co-PI in the proposal. The applications must include a statement on how the proposed collaboration brings added valued for both countries.

3. KIND OF SUPPORT AVAILABLE
The successful projects will be jointly funded by India and Denmark. For Danish counterpart, funding will be disbursed by IFD and similarly for Indian counterpart by DST. The Danish side (Innovation Fund Denmark – IFD) will allocate a total of 20 million DKK and the Indian side (DST) will allocate a total of 200 million INR to support 3-5 joint research and innovation projects. The duration of the projects is expected to be up to 3 years for both sides. Significant co-financing as well as the participation of relevant public partners and/or private enterprises other than the main applicants is encouraged. The project budget must clearly delineate justified Indian and Danish costs. The costs of the Indian partner must be eligible as per the guidelines of the DST. Accordingly, the costs of the Danish partner must be eligible as per the guidelines of the IFD. As the joint projects are funded in bilateral mode the mobility between the two countries should be balanced. Applicants are reminded to include sufficient budget for travel between India and Denmark to ensure successful collaboration. The sending side will provide round-trip economy-class airfare to the relevant entry city of the host country as well as medical insurance. The receiving side will provide accommodation and living expenses, i.e., transportation for pick-up service to and from the airport, food or per diem etc.
Kind of support available on the Indian side:
Financial support will be provided only for temporary staff salaries, equipment, consumables, international travel and other miscellaneous items. The support will NOT be provided towards basic infrastructure, buildings. The investigators/ R&D Group should have adequate experience and expertise in the relevant area of proposal. It is envisaged that the end product of development shall be transferred to industries for commercial production. Hence, it is desirable that industry/industries may be associated with the project right from the beginning with defined participation in technical terms. As far as possible the proposed prototype/device/process should have sufficient users in the country and there should be adequate demand for the product.

4. PROCEDURE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROJECT PROPOSAL
The Danish and Indian applicants will develop one joint Project plan and the plan will be sent to both IFD Denmark and India (DST) using the forms of each organization, respectively. It should be ensured that applications with identical titles have been submitted from both counterparts. The project proposal must include the name of one Principal Investigator (PI) each in India and Denmark. On the Indian side it is advised to include one Co-PI in the proposal.

Call closing date: 22nd June 2022: 17:30 h (IST), 12:00 h (Danish time).

Deadline for submission of concept note/expression of interest to R&D Department –Jun 15, 2022, EoD.

The project proposal in prescribed format or the concept note as the case may be, should be sent to Dean R&D (dean.research@ddn.upes.ac.in), with CC to Associate Dean (R&D) (smtauseef@ddn.upes.ac.in) well in time.

For more information, please see the attachment and visit the website: https://dst.gov.in/callforproposals/joint-call-project-proposals-2022-indo-danish-research-and-innovation-cooperation

Joint Call for project proposals 2022 Indo-Danish research and innovation cooperation in the area of “Green fuels including green hydrogen”

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