DST to fund trans-national research in digitalization for green energy transition


The Department of Science and Technology, under India’s Ministry of Science and Technology, has issued a call for research, development and demonstration proposals in digital transformation for green energy transition. 

The call, launched in collaboration with joint programming platform ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems and Mission Innovation, invites global trans-national projects that accelerate the implementation, adaption, and knowledge creation of digital solutions in energy systems and networks. The solutions must identify and address critical challenges in the digitalization process towards a green energy society.

DST has allocated a total funding amount of one million euros for the Indian partners.

 “Projects are strongly encouraged to involve “need-owners” and relevant stakeholders in all project phases to maximize market acceptance and uptake within the development of technologies and solutions. These shall also consider adoption by addressing market and regulation topics and are highly encouraged to identify and involve need-owners in development”—reads the RfP document.

Funded projects will benefit from being part of a global innovation network and a network of associated partners providing the ‘need-owner’ perspective and supporting projects from the proposal phase until market uptake. Further, a transnational knowledge community will enable exchange with other energy experts and bring project results to a broad audience. 

The ERA-Net SES Knowledge Management Team will provide administrative, communication and content-related support through information material, events, and feedback along the project lifetime. 

ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems is a trans-national joint programming platform of 30 national and regional funding partners co-creating energy system innovation for implementing smart energy systems. Mission Innovation is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission on behalf of the European Union working to accelerate clean energy innovation. 

The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is February 17, 2021. The projects are scheduled to start before June 15, 2022.


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