Call for Ignition Grants Technology-based Energy Solutions: Innovations for Net Zero”


The U.S.-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund and Social Alpha jointly launched an ignition grant to combat climate crisis. The initiative is looking for breakthrough technologies that will solve critical challenges for largescale societal impact in areas of — Next Generation Clean and Renewable Energy, Energy Storage, and Carbon Sequestration.

The U.S.-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund, in partnership with Social Alpha, announces a Call for Ignition Grants titled Technology-based Energy Solutions: Innovations for Net Zero”. The program aligns with the goals of the U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership, and will be administered by the binational Indo‑U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF).

The Call for Ignition Grants encourages out-of-the-box, innovative ideas from the community to address the goal of getting to net zero. Proposals should be based on sound science and engineering research and have tangible potential for commercial viability. The intent of the call would be to select and support technology showstoppers” — promising joint U.S.-India S&T based entrepreneurial initiatives that address the development and implementation of new technologies, tools, and systems to address climate and clean energy challenges in the following focus areas:

  • Next generation Clean and Renewable Energy
  • Energy Storage
  • Carbon Sequestration

To Apply

  • Proposals must have at least one Indian and one U. S. partner for the complete duration of the proposed project. Primary partners from both sides must have significant and synergistic roles in the development and commercialization of technologies for the specific application described in the proposal.
  • At least one of the partners must be an entrepreneurial entity (preferably a small or medium-scale enterprise) and the team may include any combination of the following:
  1. Incorporated companies including start-ups; or
  2. Non-incorporated entities; or
  3. Academic, governmental and non-governmental research institutions or their consortia
  • The relationship between the U.S. and Indian partners must be clearly defined, including ownership of intellectual property rights for the technology proposed to be developed and commercialized. A formal, signed partnership agreement must be submitted as part of the application docket.
  • Subsidiaries/spin-offs of one partner in the other country are not eligible to apply.
  • If one of the partners is an academic institution/​government entity/​research institution, an NOC (no-objection certificate) approving the participation of the Principal Investigator in the project must be submitted at the time of the application.
  • The partners would need to agree to and sign the USISTEF Terms & Conditions and submit it as part of the application docket. Principal Investigators need to ensure that the T&C is signed by the competent authority (For example, Office of Sponsored Research/​Dean R&D/or an equivalent office) from the participating Institution(s).

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