This is the Ministry’s fourth round of proposals, this time aimed at research and development projects that harness the potential of for the energy and the climate, whilst also improving the competitive position of the German industrial sector. A total of €180 million from the stimulus package has been earmarked to support projects that deliver this.
Said : “We want to future-proof the automotive sector. This means that we need to successfully transform and electrify it. We’re calling for proposals for projects that will help us make progress towards our whilst strengthening our .”
Companies, federal, regional or local authorities, the public-sector administration, universities and non-university research institutions can send in their project outlines at . The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2020. The call for proposals is in line with the joint funding guideline for research and development in the field of electric mobility (8 December 2017, Official Section of the Federal Gazette, 15 December 2017 B4), which was issued jointly by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
The focus of this round is on projects fostering the integration of electric mobility into the energy system, and especially on:
- interoperability of charging infrastructure and vehicles between different manufacturers and countries;
- fast and super-fast charging systems, e.g. for commercial vehicles and heavy-duty vehicles;
- automatic or inductive charging systems for automated driving and the demonstration of viable business models for operating charging infrastructure and of integration into the electricity market;
- charging infrastructure 4.0: smart, safe and secure charging that serves the electricity market and the grid and delivers the energy transition via smart meter gateways;
- innovations for considerable cost-reduction, significant increases in functionality, and cross-vehicle or cross-fleet optimisation.
The Ministry would welcome the involvement of SMEs, the supply industry, suppliers of innovative digital solutions and manufacturers of vehicle or energy technology, and institutions working at the intersection between the transport and energy sectors. For more information about eligible projects and the application procedure please read the (in German) and the funding guideline (published in the Official Section of the Federal Gazette, ).