21/12/2020

Request for Proposals for the India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme 2020 on Smart Grid

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For each project there should be at least one Indian applicant (representing the team) and one Swedish applicant (representing the team). These are referred as IPC and SPC.

 

Eligible Indian Applicants:

  • The Indian Project Coordinator (IPC) must be a commercial (for profit) company under the Indian Companies Act 1956/2013, which operates in and is headquartered in India. The Indian Project leader must be employed at the IPC.
  • At least 51% stake of the IPC Company must be owned by Indian citizens.
  • The IPC should have the required expertise and team capacity to manage the proposed project.
  • Sole proprietors and partnership firms are not eligible for support under this programme.
  • Companies headquartered and owned outside India and their subsidiaries in India, or vice versa, are not eligible to apply as Indian applicant and/ or receive funding from DST under this programme.
  • IPC should lead the project from Indian side and if required bring in other Industry Partners and/or Academic/R&D Institutions (including not-for-profit research institutes recognised by DSIR/ registered at DARPAN portal) as Consortium Partner.

 

Eligible Swedish Applicants:

  • The Swedish Project Coordinator (SPC), must be a company. SPC is responsible for the application submission in Sweden and towards the Swedish Energy Agency.
  • The Project Leader must be employed at theSPC.
  • SPC shall be a company that operates in Sweden and registered in the country.
  • Swedish research performing institutions (universities, colleges and research institutes) as well as test beds, public organisations, and other companies with operations in Sweden are encouraged to actively participate in the consortium.

 

Funding for R&D Project Participants in India:

Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, will fund the successful projects, as follows:

Department of Science & Technology will finance this call with a total amount of maximum Rs 18.0 Crore for the support of Indian partners.

 

Case-I: Support for Consortium led by Private Sector Industries

DST will support up to 75% of project cost for joint consortium led by private Sector Industry. This will be subject to the following ceilings

  • Funding support up to 50% of eligible costs for private sector Industries and Private R & D organisations as grants.
  • Indian Public Sector R&D organisation/academic institution may receive up to 100% of their costs as grants.
  • Funding support up to 75% for other non-economical organisations (such as voluntary organizations etc) as grants.
  • Funding support up to 75% of eligible costs for public sector Industries as grants.

 

Case-II: Support for Consortium led by Public Sector Industries

In the case of joint consortium led by public industries, up to 90% of support, will be admissible under applicable State Aid regulations as grants. This will be subject to the following ceiling:

  • Funding support up to 80% of eligible costs for public sector Industries as grants.
  • Indian Public Sector R&D organisation/academic institution may receive up to 100% of their costs as grants.
  • Funding support up to 75% for other non-economical organisations (such as voluntary organizations etc) as grants.
  • Funding support up to 50% of eligible costs for private sector Industries/ R & D organisations as grants.

 

  • Indian industry and other non-economical organisations (such as voluntary organizations/NGOs etc) may receive their part of the eligible costs on a “Reimbursement Basis”, for costs already incurred on a proportionate basis.
  • The maximum funding support for Industry will not exceed investment in plant & machinery for manufacturing sector and investment in equipment for Service Sector (MSMED Act 2006 or any embedment from time to time).
  • Funding from other sources will be considered into account when awarding grant, and applicants will be asked to declare funding from other sources in the application.

 

Funding for R&D Project Participants in Sweden:

  • Swedish Energy Agency will finance this call with a total amount of maximum 25 million Swedish Krona for the support of Swedish partners.
  • Swedish Energy Agency will provide funding to Swedish participants as Grant under applicable State Aid regulation
  • Grants are only given to organizations with operations in Sweden. The maximum aid intensity (funding levels, depends on type of research and size of company) which apply in this RFP are:
  • Up to 45% of eligible costs for commercial entities/companies,
  • Up to 100% of eligible costs for research organisations, public sector, other non-economical organisations

 

The project activities approved shall be covered by Industrial Research and/or Experimental Development definitions in State Aid Rules (EU General Block Exception Rules, GBER)

 

Deadline for application: 20th May 2021

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