Within the framework of the funding guideline, BMBF, together with the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), would like to promote international cooperation in the field of green hydrogen and the derivatives produced from it, as well as storage, transport and integrated application technologies. Partners are to be countries outside the European Union and EFTA states.
The goal is to effectively support the urgently needed market ramp-up of green hydrogen and its derivatives, to accelerate the establishment of an international market for these products, and thus contribute to achieving climate protection goals and strengthening the economy. The establishment of trade relations with potential exporters of green hydrogen and its derivatives will be favored by the support program.
The four main objectives are:
Funding is provided in two modules:
In Module 1 – funded by BMWi – sustainable production possibilities for green hydrogen and its derivatives in particular are to be systematically developed in cooperation with partner countries outside the European Union and EFTA states. At the same time, projects for storage, transport and integrated application of green hydrogen and its derivatives are to be funded abroad.
In Module 2 – funded by BMBF – accompanying research projects as well as preparatory or accompanying scientific analyses and studies will also be supported. Aspects that serve the training of young scientists and professionals can also be part of projects.
Who is eligible for funding?
Funding is available for international accompanying projects in fundamental research and industrial research, scientific studies and training measures under Article 25 (2) of the GBER as well as innovations by SMEs under Article 28 of the GBER.
What is funded?
Accompanying projects along the entire hydrogen value chain from production, storage and transport to use, including overarching, systemic issues, are funded. These include:
How is funding provided?
The calculation of the grants available for higher education institutions, research and science institutions and similar establishments will be based on the eligible project-related expenditure (in the case of the Helmholtz centres and Fraunhofer, the eligible project-related costs), which may be funded by as much as 100 percent in individual cases. This is only valid for the case that these activities are not allocated in the category of economic activities in the respective institution.
The calculation of grants available for commercial undertakings and for projects implemented by research institutions that fall into the category of economic activities will be based on the eligible project-related costs.
Taking legislation on state aid into account, a proportional share of these costs can be financed. In line with BMBF policy, applicants are expected to provide an appropriate financial contribution towards the eligible costs incurred.
Eligible expenditure/costs are governed by the BMBF’s regulations governing applications for expenditure-based grants (AZA) and/or cost-based grants
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