DOE Funds U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center
May 18, 2011
DOE announced on May 16 that it has committed $25 million over the next five years to support the U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center. This first-of-a-kind effort is a key component of the U.S. and India's commitment to improve energy access and promote low-carbon growth by facilitating joint research and development of clean energy technologies. Teams of scientists and engineers from the United States and India will initially focus on research in three priority areas: building energy efficiency, second-generation biofuels, and solar energy. President Obama and India's Prime Minister Singh signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 24, 2009, for their nations to work together to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technology.
DOE will provide awards under each of the center's three initial priority areas. Funding will be matched by U.S. grantees, and the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology will provide another $50 million in public and private funds for research in India. Universities, national laboratories, private companies, and others are eligible to apply. Applications are due by August 16, 2011, with selections expected later this fall. See the DOE press release, the funding opportunity announcement, and coverage of the MOU in the EERE Network News.