[Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) | SWEET (SWiss Energy research for the Energy Transition)]


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Date and time 16.06.2021  
Category Call for proposal
SWEET (SWiss Energy research for the Energy Transition) is a funding programme of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). The purpose is to fund transdisciplinary research and innovation activities with a focus on Switzerland’s energy strategy 2050 and the country’s climate policy goals. The programme targets research and innovation in the domains of energy efficiency, renewable energy, storage, networks, and security and safety of critical energy infrastructures. SWEET spans the innovation cycle from application-oriented basic research to preparations for deployment.

The guiding theme for the 1st call 2021 is “Living & Working”. The aim of this call is to investigate and demonstrate how the overall energy consumption (of buildings, public spaces and mobility) can be minimized and how energy supply and distribution can be ensured efficiently and cost-effectively in geographically clearly defined (sub)urban areas such as neighborhoods and districts.

SWEET targets cooperative consortia of institutions working together over 8 years to pursue portfolios of interrelated, transdisciplinary projects. A consortium comprises at least 5 applicants from different legal entities and is led by a host institution which is a Swiss institution of higher education and the legal entity applying on behalf of a consortium.

A consortium must collaborate with at least one established living lab. The living lab must be represented in the consortium either as applicant/member or cooperation partner. Furthermore, people participation is highly desirable, ideally in an institutionalised public-private-people-partnership (4P).

Who can apply
Research institutes, tertiary education sector, private sector, as well as public sector such as cantons and communes. Foreign institutions may participate and receive funding, provided their skills and competencies are essential and cannot be fulfilled by Swiss applicants.

Consortia are composed of Applicants (receiving SWEET funds) and Cooperation partners (not receiving SWEET funds). Both may participate in more than one consortium. However, the same kind of contribution may not be offered to more than one consortium.

The host institution is a Swiss institution of higher education and the legal entity applying on behalf of a consortium.

Overall budget for this call is 20 MCHF: Two consortia will be funded eventually and the budget is foreseen to be shared equally.
Applicants in a consortium are expected to contribute financially and/or in kind according to their abilities.

Eligible costs
Internal costs for staff. Costs for equipment, services, expenses and others. Costs in connection with coordination, management and monitoring of the consortium, as well as for communication, dissemination and exploitation of results (knowledge and technology transfer).

Submission and deadline
SWEET Call 1-2021 is organized as a two-step process:
  1. All interested consortia can submit a pre-proposal no later than 16 June 2021 (12 noon CEST).
  2. A short-list of the highest-ranking consortia will be invited to submit a full proposal. Deadline in November 2021

Use the official pre-proposal template available on the SWEET webpage. Application documents must be submitted electronically to [email protected].

Letters of Interest of Applicants or Cooperation Partners, as well as a Letter of Commitment of the Host Institution are requested by SFOE: please contact the EPFL research office at [email protected] by 16 May 2021

An Open access and data management plan is requested: for help, please contact the EPFL library at [email protected].

For further information: please visit the SWEET webpage, and read carefully the SWEET Guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

You can send your questions to [email protected] no later than May 2nd 2021. Q&A will be posted on the SWEET webpage by May 7th 2021.¨

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free



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