India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial R&D Programme: DST & SEA

Research Associate At IISER Mohali -Department of Physical Sciences- Apply by 27 Oct. 2020

Designation/Position- India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial R&D Programme

DST, Govt. of India & Swedish Energy Agency, Sweden invites proposals for India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial R&D Programme from eligible and interested candidates

India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial R&D Programme- Request for Proposal (RFP) 2020: Between Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and Swedish Energy Agency, Sweden.

Research/Job Area- Smart Grid

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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 the SPC.
• 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.
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 technology sectors: The collaborative projects should be innovative and focussed on creating possibilities for future new technologies, services or processes that will eventually lead to commercialization.

(1) This RFP 2020 is open to the applied R&D projects in the area of: Smart Grid

Job/Position Description- 

Name of the Programme: India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme- Request for Proposal (RFP) 2020

[Between Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and Swedish Energy
Agency, Sweden]

Project funding support: Funds will be provided in accordance with the national laws, rules, regulations and procedures established by each organization, and/or each jurisdiction/country.

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 organizations (such as voluntary organizations etc) as grants.
➢ Funding support up to 50% of eligible costs for private sector Industries/ R & D organizations as grants.
• Indian industry and other non-economical organizations (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 organizations, 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)

Finding a Partner:

• SEA/DST can support Swedish/Indian organizations regarding facilitating contacts and information about Indian/Swedish stakeholders. Please contact SEA/DST for further information. Both Parties will organize activities for potential applicants to meet physically or virtually, understand each others demand and expertise and match together for project formulation

Types of projects to be supported: The following types of projects will be considered for programme funding:

  1. R&D Projects, focused on co-development of new technologies, services or processes.
    Note: The project partners should agree in advance on the IP rights and on the commercialization strategy of possible future products or processes.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Projects must be innovative and market-driven, leading to the proposed development of a new technology, or process or new/improved services, leading to future possible commercialization.
  2. 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

Project Duration:

The maximum duration for project support will be 2 years within the co-operation period between DST and SEA. Projects can start earliest January 1, 2022 and must end at latest December 31, 2023

Project Evaluation stages and process:

Projects will be evaluated according to the standard evaluation processes of Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) and DST in Sweden and in India, respectively. The final selection of the proposals will be through joint process mutually agreed by DST and SEA.

How to Apply- 


  1. The application must reflect collaborative, synergised and a balanced effort from both the IPC and SPC, be written in English, and submitted using the prescribed process.
  2. Registration and submission of application
    • The Indian Project Coordinator (IPC) need to visit the DST “DST e-PMS Portal” website
    • Log on to access the home page of the “DST e-PMS Portal” and register. After registration, log in and submit the joint project proposal in prescribed Format.
    • Before filling up the form, Indian applicants are advised to carefully go through the Relevant Advertisement published at the DST Website ( and also available under Proposal Formats in the e-PMS Portal after logging in the portal site.
    • To save time and avoid data loss, please download the appropriate proposal format and fill all the information required as per the format as a Word and PDF file and then keep it ready for upload during submission of mandatory documents.
    • Click on “Submit proposals” link which would take to a page seeking multiple information starting with – General information, Principal investigator etc.:
    • After filling all above particulars, there is provision for preview your details before final submission of application form on clicking on “Preview” button. Preview page will display all facts/particulars that have mentioned on entry time. If the applicant is sure with filled details then click on “Submit” button to finally push data into server.
    Applicants are advised to carefully fill in and verify the details required for the online application themselves, as no change will be possible/ entertained after clicking the FINAL SUBMIT BUTTON.
  3. Indian Partners also requested to go through the Guidelines for Indian participants attached with this document for additional requirement for online submission at DST e-PMS.
  4. Mandatory attachments:
    • Joint Application Form (PDF), filled in according the instructions here and in the form and identical to the one submitted by the Sweden side to SEA. The application form must reflect collaborative, synergized and a balanced effort from both the SPC and IPC and be written in English.
    • CV – Appendix: Shall include relevant information for project leader and key personnel on the Indian side of the consortium, including those in consultant roles.

• Last three-year annual (technical & financial) report, from the company acting as Project Coordinator and other private sector non-academic participants on the Indian side.

  1. Formal requirements
    DST will only assess proposals that meet the following formal requirements:
    − The participants seeking grants from DST must be legal entities registered in India.
    − The Indian Project Coordinator must be regular employee of IPC.
    − The proposal follows the requirement for this RFP and contains all the mandatory attachments requested.
    − The application must have been submitted online within the specified deadline of this call. After deadline of the submission process, no modifications to the proposal can be made. It is the responsibility of IPC to submit the proposal well in advance of stated deadline. Request to accept the proposals due to inability to submit the proposal in time due to last minute server issues will not be entertained. Please note that the proposal may be assessed by both DST and international evaluators. Therefore, the proposals should be written in English.
  2. Who can read the application? The proposal can be read by DST staff and by DST external evaluators appointed for the
    RFP. They all work under the obligation of professional secrecy.
  3. Follow-up and reporting: The reporting to DST shall be made in accordance with DST instructions. Participants shall also after the end of the project provide information in accordance with DST instructions.
  4. Only online mode of submission of application will be considered. No physical applications will be entertained.

There are separate guidelines for applications in Sweden. Please see the Position Details link given below.

Contact information:
Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India

Dr. Sanjai Kumar,
Tel: +91-11-26590270

Dr. Sanjay Bajpai
Tel: +91-11-2650283, +91-11-26565337
Email :

Mr. Ludvig Lindström

Country Manager India
Department of Renewable Energy & Climate Initiatives
Swedish Energy Agency
Tel. +46 (0)16 544 23 40

Mr. Fredrik Brändström
Research Programme Manager, Sustainable Power
Department of Research, Innovation and Business development
Swedish Energy Agency
Tel. +46 (0)16 544 23 66

Last Date for Apply– 20 May 2020

Important Dates:

Announcement Date of Request for Proposal (RFP): November 27, 2020
Closing date of RFP : May 20, 2021
For Swedish Energy Agency, before 24:00:00 CET
For DST, before 24:00.00 IST
Announcement of Results: During November 2021

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