Government Invites Bids to Advance Hydrogen Value Chain Technologies

The selected projects will receive a maximum funding of ₹50 million


The Department of Science & Technology (DST) has invited proposals to upgrade lab-scale technologies, which are at technology readiness levels (TRL) 3-4, to reach prototypes (TRL 5) and pilot plants (TRL 6) for establishing a complete hydrogen value chain in India.

The projects funded under this initiative are expected to be completed within two to two-three years, with a maximum funding limit of ₹50 million (~$599,776).

The call for proposals focuses on the indigenous development of hydrogen-related technologies, emphasizing prototypes demonstrating commercial potential. Proposals must include a clear commercialization plan with milestones, timelines, justified budget, and engagement with potential technology transfer partners.

The last date for the submission of bids is December 29, 2023.

Startups with appropriate technologies at the pre-commercialization stage can also apply.

Individuals with expertise in science, engineering, and technology who are employed in universities, academic institutions, research and development institutions, and laboratories equipped with the necessary infrastructure and facilities for research and development activities are eligible to submit applications.

The financial support is allocated for temporary staff, equipment, consumables, domestic travel, and miscellaneous items. No funding will be available for infrastructure, buildings, or international travel.

Investigators must have relevant expertise, and proposals with industry partnerships are preferred.

The institution executing the project is responsible for financial and administrative aspects, with no financial assistance extended to the industry. In the case of multi-institutional projects, the principal investigators must secure formal agreements from collaborating institutions and scientists.

Monitoring mechanisms will be implemented, involving regular assessments through progress reports, financial statements, and committee reviews. Onsite visits by committees approved by the DST will also be done to ensure effective oversight.

Principal investigators and organizations must submit progress reports every six months, providing comprehensive updates on project advancements and expenditures.

The grant may be terminated by DST at any stage if it is determined that the funds have not been appropriately utilized.

Any know-how generated from the projects will be the exclusive property of the Government of India, and proceeds from its sale or utilization, including royalties, belong to the government.

All assets, including equipment and prototypes, are deemed the property of the Government of India, and their disposal or alternative use requires prior approval from DST.

Recently, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has begun planning to install transmission infrastructure to cater to the power demands of upcoming green hydrogen and green ammonia plants across seven coastal states and three inland states in consultation with the Central Transmission Utility (CTU).

In April this year, the DST invited bids to establish Hydrogen Valley Innovation Clusters in the country. A hydrogen valley is a specific geographical region where hydrogen is utilized for multiple applications across different sectors, such as industry, energy, and mobility.