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SEAI encourages Irish researchers to avail of new fund for energy research projects

Funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced an EUR 500 000 fund to support cutting-edge Irish energy research, development and demonstration projects. The aim of the call is to support regions and local communities move towards a decarbonized energy system by 2030.

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Companies, research organisations and public sector organisations in the Republic of Ireland can apply for up to EUR 200 000 per project. Additional financial support is available from the European Commission (EC). This ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems research fund is available for proposals to develop technologies, systems and solutions to enable a resilient European energy system through interconnected renewable energy supplies. Irish researchers will be collaborating with researchers across Europe to advance renewable energy systems.

Ireland faces significant challenges in meeting our binding renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. I secured this funding to build Ireland’s capacity to lead research and innovation activities in support of our low carbon transition. Today’s funding announcement will build expertise through collaboration between energy researchers in Ireland and their European counterparts. It will develop solutions to shape local and regional energy systems of the future that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable, said Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

The ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems Joint Call for projects was officially launched at an event during Nordic Clean Energy Week in Malmö, Sweden. Proposals must be submitted jointly by applicants from Ireland and at least one other European partner country. A project partner search and matchmaking platform have been developed to help applicants in Ireland find potential research partners. There are 30 national and regional funding partners across 23 countries in Europe with EUR 33 million in funding available.

As SEAI continues to improve Ireland’s energy research landscape, a partnership with other organisations and countries is central to the change. This research call, with a focus on regions and local communities, also aligns well with our own sustainable energy community network and funding programmes. Through this fund, we hope to bring people together to create new ideas, form new partnerships and find solutions to the real world challenges we face as we move to a cleaner energy future, said Jim Gannon, CEO of SEAI.

The closing date for preliminary project outlines is September 11, 2018, 14:00 Central European Summer Time. The deadline for submission of completed proposals is November 2, 2018, 14:00 Central European Time. Projects must be between two and three years in duration.

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