Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

EU-India launches EUR 18 Million Joint Call on Research and Innovation to develop integrated local energy systems

01/11/2019 - 09:49
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New Delhi, 31 October, 2019: In March 2016, EU leaders and India’s Prime Minister Modi adopted the EU – India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership and agreed to enhance their cooperation in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart grids. At the Summit in 2017, the EU and India committed that they will engage together on research and innovation to build a low-carbon and climate resilient future. In follow-up, the European Commission and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, are launching today a joint call on smart and integrated local energy systems.

Proposals should develop and demonstrate novel solutions, integrating all energy vectors (electricity, heating, cooling, water, wastes, etc.), including possibilities offered by batteries and electric vehicles, interconnect them and optimize joint operation with increased share of renewables and a higher energy efficiency. Cooperation should take the form of a proposal demonstrating a local energy system (or several) in Europe and/or India. The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) will range between 5 and 8.

The call text and call deadlines (opening on 3 September 2019 and closing on 29 January 2020), are the same for applicants from Europe and India. This call targets minimum three participants from India as well as from Europe.

A total budget of €18 million is foreseen. The Indian selected participants will be funded by DST and the European partners by the EU Research and Innovation programme 'Horizon 2020'.

This call is of mutual interest as it will facilitate the deployment of innovative technological approaches on integrated energy systems in India and in turn increase the energy storage capacity and efficiency in India. In engaging together on research and innovation on energy, EU and India are also combatting the global challenge of Climate Change.

This call is also fully in line with the commitment both the EU and India took under Mission Innovation (MI), agreed in 2015 during the COP21 in Paris. MI aims at increasing and concentrating efforts on energy research for clean, efficient and affordable energy.

At the occasion of the awareness raising and networking  event  at IIT Delhi, H.E. Mr Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India said "the launch of this call on smart integrated energy island systems is another demonstration of the robust EU-India partnership, of the delivery on commitments in the frame of the EU – India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership and the cooperation on research and innovation which underpins that. In joining forces on research and innovation for clean and efficient energy, EU and India are also showing how committed they are to tackle together the global challenge to combat climate change. This call is a direct deliverable of the India-EU Summits in Brussels in March 2016 and in Delhi in October 2017. The EU stands ready to further establish this fruitful engagement with India on clean energy and increase cooperation on research and innovation with India under the next EU Research and Innovation programme 'Horizon Europe'.

Awareness and Information sessions are also scheduled in Kolkata on 8 November 2019 and in Bengaluru on 19 November 2019.


More Information on the joint call on Smart Integrated energy island systems:

See DST Guidelines for Indian participants:

EU Delegation Website:

What is 'Horizon 2020'?

'Horizon 2020' is the EU's funding programme for research and innovation for the period 2014-2020 with a budget of almost €80 billion for the entire period. It funds research and innovation in all areas of science and innovation through three pillars:

  • Excellent Science;
  • Competitive Industries, and
  • Tackling Global Societal Challenges.

Horizon 2020 has been designed to deliver results that make a difference to peoples' lives. It will fund many type of activities, from frontier science to close-to-market innovations. It is implemented through multi-annual work programmes publishing call for proposals on a regular basis.

On 2 July 2019, the final Horizon 2020 Work Programmes 2019-2020 were published. The joint call on smart and integrated energy islands targeting India is part of that programme.

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has also agreed to co-fund the successful Indian participants in Horizon 2020 projects on health, bio economy and biotechnology. See:

The last work programmes include also calls on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (€2.8 billion) and on grants from the European Research Council (ERC).

Read more on  Horizon 2020: see website

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

The EU is preparing the next Research and Innovation programme to be called 'Horizon Europe' for the period 2021-2027.

Horizon Europe will build on the achievements and success of the current programme Horizon 2020. It will strengthen EU science and technology, boost the EU’s innovation performance, and improve the daily lives of people in Europe and beyond.

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