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DBT announces Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) under Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge


Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge (IC#4) by Mission Innovation India Unit, set up by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, GOI (15 June, 2018- 31 August, 2018) Opened on 15 June, 2018.

By Team ABLE

Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 23 countries and the European Union to accelerate the global clean energy innovation. As a part of this initiative, the participating countries have committed to double their government’s clean energy research and development (R&D) investments over five years while encouraging greater level of private sector investments in clean energy technologies.

Mission Innovation was announced on November 30, 2015, as world leaders came together in Paris to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change. MI countries have agreed to double their R&D investments from base year of 2015 in five years i.e. by 2020. Government of India has given the responsibility to Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology to coordinate the Indian MI activities.

India is a member of all seven Mission Innovation (MI) challenges for clean energy development and is a co-lead in three challenges. India has taken a lead in MI activities by arranging country workshops in all seven areas and has also arranged successful international conferences. MI India Unit set up by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt of India, has identified priority areas in seven challenges where international cooperation and mutually beneficial engagements can be established.

The Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge (SBIC) under MI is co-led by India, Brazil, Canada and China. The other participating countries include Australia, the European Commission, Finland, France, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, UK and US. The usage of fossil fuels for transportation contributes significantly to global greenhouse gases (GHG) emission.

The sustainable biofuels have ability to reduce the GHG emission load and this consideration led to establishment of Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge (SBIC) under Mission Innovation (MI). The Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge is a key opportunity for Government, researchers Department of Biotechnology Ministry of Science & Technology Government of India 2 and industry to work together on rapidly accelerating research and development, with the goal of achieving performance breakthroughs and cost reductions for large scale production of Advanced Biofuels.

The objective of this Call is to undertake Joint Research &Development with member MI countries in the field of advanced sustainable Biofuels, which can be produced from non-food biological materials. Production of low cost high performance Enzymes and yeasts are essential for reducing the production costs of Biofuels. Exchange of best practices in feedstocks including, collection, handling, transport and pre-treatment practices and integrated bio refinery projects need extensive R&D. DBT states that the technology developed must be scalable and cost effective in long run.

DBT in its call has said that the purpose of developing a Sustainable Biofuels Joint call is to develop ways to produce, at scale, widely affordable, advanced biofuels for transportation and industrial applications. Also, the purpose is to conduct research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to foster technology innovations that are technically feasible, robust and cost-effective. It is expected to evolve technologies and develop methodologies and business models tunable to local as well as at global needs.

This funding opportunity announced by DBT will financially support activities, of Indian researchers, towards design, research & development and demonstration that can address the issue of development of widely 3 affordable, Advanced Biofuels. Both Bilateral and Multilateral collaborations between Indian scientists and scientists from MI member countries of IC#4 Innovation Challenge are within the scope of this call.

For details contact:  Dr. Sangita Kasture, Scientist ‘E’, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India at sangita.kasture@nic.in with cc to IC4@mission-innovation-india.net.