India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme 2021 by DST [Grant Amount Upto Rs. 1.5 Cr]: Apply by May 6

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Applications are invited for the India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme 2021 by DST.

About DST

Department of Science & Technology (DST) was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organizing, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country.

About the Programme

This Sweden-India program aims to foster and support the development of collaborative R&D projects that bring together companies, research organizations, academics and other collaborators from both countries for the joint development of innovative products or processes in the following technology sectors:

    • Smart and sustainable cities and transport systems
    • Clean technologies, IoT and digitalization

This may include, but is not limited to:

    • Transport & mobility; Electrical vehicles, Autonomous vehicles, Traffic safety, Mobility as a service, Reduction in traffic congestion, Digital solutions, etc.
    • Environmental technologies (Eco–system services, Clean water and air, Waste management, Renewable energy, etc.)
    • Circular and bio-based economy (Bio-based materials, Bio-fuels, Resource efficiency in consumption and production, Waste-to-wealth, etc.)
    • Energy (Reduced energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources, Renewable energy, Energy storage, Resource-efficient infrastructure planning, etc.)
    • City planning (ICT for urban technical supply, Geodata, tools for dialogue with citizens, etc.)
Eligible Technology Sectors

The Current RFP invites collaborative Applications in the following areas:

  • Smart Cities and Clean Technologies
  • Transport & mobility (Electrical vehicles, Autonomous vehicles, Traffic safety, Mobility as a service, Reduction in traffic congestion, Digital solutions, etc.)
  • Environmental technologies (Eco–system services, Clean water and air, Waste management, Renewable energy, etc.)
  • Circular and bio-based economy (Bio-based materials, Bio-fuels, Resource efficiency in consumption and production, Waste-to-wealth, etc.)
  • Energy (Reduced energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources, Renewable energy, Energy storage, Resource-efficient infrastructure planning, etc.)
  • City planning (ICT for urban technical supply, Geodata, tools for dialogue with citizens, etc.)
  • Digitalisation and Internet of Things (IoT)
Project Funding Support

DST will support the successful projects with grants under applicable State Aid regulations, as follows:

  • DST will support up to Maximum limit of INR 1.5 crore per project of the total Indian Project Cost, as a Grant in Aid, for a maximum project period of 24 months.
  • Indian industry may receive up to 50% of their part of the eligible costs on a “Reimbursement Basis”, for costs already incurred on a proportionate basis.
  • Indian R&D organisation/academic institution may receive up to 100% of their costs (within applicable range specified above and as per proposal) on a reimbursement basis.
  • Funding from other public sector sources will be taken 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

  • Vinnova will provide funding to Swedish side participants up to 2,500,000 (two million five hundred thousand) Swedish Krona as Grant under applicable State Aid regulation
  • Grants are only given to organizations with operations in Sweden. The maximum aid intensity (funding levels) which apply in this RFP are:
  • Up to 50% of eligible costs for commercial entities/companies,
  • Up to 100% of eligible costs for research performing organisations
  • Up to 80 % of eligible costs for other non-for-profit participants

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)

Who can Apply?

An Indian company having the requisite understanding and capability to undertake R&D activities.

  • The Indian Project Lead (IPL) (i.e. lead company) must be a commercial (for profit) company under the Indian Companies Act 1956/2013, which operates in and is headquartered in India.
  • At least 51% stake of the IPL Company must be owned by Indian citizens.
  • The IPL 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 receive funding from DST/ GITA under this programme.
  • IPL should lead the project from Indian side and if required bring in other Industry Partners or Academic/R&D Institutions as Consortium Partner.
Selection Criteria
  • Projects must be innovative and market-driven, leading to the proposed development of a new product or process or new/improved services, leading to commercialisation.
  • Proposals must demonstrate the joint India-Sweden project teams’ capacity to manage the proposed project in their respective countries, and jointly with the counterpart project team.
How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the programme through this link.

Important Dates
Opening of the Request for Proposals/Competition  05 March 2021
Closing of the Request for Proposals/Competition06 May 2021
Anticipated release date of Request For Proposal/Competition resultsAugust 2021
Contact
  • Ms. Deepanwita Mukherjee
    Phone : +91 9810119551
    Email: deepanwita.mukherjee@gita.org.in
  • Mr. Rahul Kulshreshtha
    Phone : +91 9929222179
    Email: rahul.kulshreshtha@gita.org.in

For more details, click the link below.

India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme 2021

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