German Research Ministry Funds International Green H2 Labs

March 2021

Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research has started a major new green hydrogen R&D initiative called “International Future Labs.” Successful projects will be eligible for up to EUR 5 million in grants for up to 36 months.

The initiative is part of Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy and is very much transnational. As a rule, two-thirds of the research members should come from at least two countries abroad and one-third from Germany. Future Labs research must be carried out in Germany.

Proposals  may  be  submitted  by  universities,  non-university  research  institutions  and commercial companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  The deadline for initial applications is April 27, and the first projects could commence in December. No limit has been set on the number of projects to be funded.

“Hydrogen will be international, as production and consumption will take place in different regions worldwide, so early setup of international networks like this certainly makes sense,” Marc-Simon Löffler of the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Baden-Württemberg told the online platform sciencebusiness.net.

Read more about the funding initiative and how to apply here

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