[ Joint Call 2020 on Digital Transformation for Green Energy Transition (“MICall20”) | SFOE ]


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Date and time 17.02.2021  
Category Call for proposal

The Joint Programming Platform Smart Energy Systems (JPP SES) in collaboration with the global initiative Mission Innovation is pleased to announce the Joint Call 2020 ("MICall20") on digital transformation for green energy transition. The aim is to support transnational research and innovation activities unleashing the potential of digital transformation for a sustainable energy society.

By accelerating the implementation, adaption and knowledge creation of digital solutions in energy systems and networks, this call supports the following objectives:

  • Advance the green energy transition in all sectors of the energy system while ensuring security of supply
  • Shaping new transnational business and investment opportunities by sector coupling and development of new value chains in innovative and cost-effective energy solutions, thereby creating new employment opportunities and contributing to the development of an environmentally sustainable financial growth
  • Ensuring social sustainability and coherence with digitalisation in other sectors in the progression of the green energy transition
The Funding Agency for Switzerland participating in this call is the Swiss Federal Office of Energy – SFOE.

Who can apply:
  • Universities (including ETH-domain), universities of applied science, further research organizations and the private sector in Switzerland. The participation of young scientists in the research teams is encouraged.
  • Consortia must include at least two independent legal entities applying for funding from two different countries (whereof at least two partners from the EC and/or EEA region) of the funding agencies participating in the Joint Call 2020.
  • Applicants must submit a national full proposal by the same date. National full proposals must fulfil the national minimum eligibility criteria. If they do not, or if the applicants did not submit a national full proposal in time, the project will not be fundable
  • Direct communication with the national contact person at SFOE is strictly required prior to the submission of the full proposal ([email protected]).

Funding & Duration:
  • EUR 25 million for 36 months.
  • Maximum funding for Swiss-based applicants: CHF 2.5 million for 36 months
  • R&D: Researchers in the public and private sector can apply for personnel costs and expenses according to the SFOE rates. Wherever possible and reasonable, the participation of commercial and industrial partners – in particular utilities (DSO, TSO, ESP) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) – is strongly recommended to ensure the relevance of the research to technological development and to the needs of society. An adequate share of own and third-party contributions (in-kind and/or cash) is expected.
  • P&D: Funding of Swiss participants is limited to 40% (in exceptional cases 60%) of the eligible project costs. Eligible projects costs cover only the additional project costs that cannot be amortized over the expected lifetime of the developed installation or solution. Additional projects costs are defined as the additional project costs when compared to the costs of implementing an equivalent, conventional technology or solution.

If interested, please contact [email protected] to verify your eligibility for the call.
SFOE contact person: Dr Michael Moser, +41 58 465 36 23, [email protected]

Compulsory registration of interest deadline: 17 February 2021 at 14:00 CET.
Full proposal submission deadline: 6 May 2021 at 14:00 CET
Decision: November 2021

For further information, please have a look at the call webpage, call guidelines, and SFOE application forms.

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