About: 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 will 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 are the same for applicants from Europe and India. This call targets minimum three participants from India as well as from Europe.

Participation and funding of the Indian participants is as per Indian law and regulations set by DST. The guidelines in this notice explain the conditions for participation and funding and the formalities to comply with in order to submit a valid joint proposal (see Sections 3 and 4 hereunder). All proposals should be submitted to the Horizon 2020 Funding & Tenders Portal,including the budget requested from DST, as well as to the DST online portal (e-PMS). In the absence of this, DST will disqualify the Indian participants from funding (see Section 5 hereunder). At the end of the notice, information is also provided on how to access and go about Horizon 2020 formalities, which Indian applicants have also to comply with (Annex 3) and on How to find partners (Annex 4). For the complete call text, see Annex 1 or click Horizon 2020 Funding & Tenders Portal including the general conditions and modalities. Please check always the call text itself which is the only legally binding text. 

Eligible Applicant(s):

Minimum THREE applicants from India.

Minimum THREE independent entities from Europe (from three different Member States/Associated Countries)

Eligibility for European applicants will be as per Horizon 2020 rules of participation; For Indian applicants, as per Indian law specified in guidelines hereunder.


Develop and demonstrate novel solutions which analyse and combine, in a well delimited system, all the energy vectors that are present and interconnect them, where appropriate, to optimise their joint operation that is demonstrated by an increased share of renewables in and higher energy efficiency of the local energy system.

Proposals should present a preliminary analysis of the local case as part of the content of the proposal and propose to develop solutions and tools for the optimisation of the local energy network, that also have a high replication

potential across Europe and India.

It should bring together all vital stakeholders: local consumers, small to medium industrial production facilities and/or commercial buildings should be involved in the projects from the start, preferably by creating energy renewable energy communities.

Proposals should propose to develop solutions and tools for the optimisation of the local energy network, that also have a high replication potential across Europe and India.

See complete text of call in Annexure 1 and also on websites Horizon 2020 Funding & Tenders Portal

Award Amounts:

It is considered that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2.5 to 3.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately, to be matched by contribution from India/DST for Indian participants as per project requirement in Indian Rupees (). Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

How to apply: Complete text of proposals must be submitted to both funding agencies:

1) Horizon 2020 - Horizon 2020 Funding & Tenders Portal

2) Project Proposal via the DST online portal e-PMS (see Section 5 point 2) (https://onlinedst.gov.in/Login.aspx)

 Last date for Submission of Application: 01-09-2020

Link for official notification: Click here