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National Research Foundation – Clean Energy Programme Office: Clean Energy Research Programme

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The Clean Energy Research Programme (CERP) seeks both basic and applied research projects which pursue innovative and novel ideas in Clean Energy through a competitive funding approach to help promote the growth of the Clean Energy industry in Singapore.

 
In the quest for continuous cost reduction in photovoltaic (PV) systems, the Clean Energy Programme Office (CEPO) invites White Papers for research and development projects to be submitted under the following domains under the 5th grant call for consideration towards funding:

 

Domain A: Innovative manufacturing processes and technologies for silicon wafer-based solar cells and modules.

 

The emphasis will be on new manufacturing processes and technologies for silicon wafer-based solar wafers, cells and modules. These processes and technologies should exhibit improvements in overall cost as well as cell or module efficiencies.

 

Domain B: Thin-film solar cells based on the chalcopyrite materials system.

 

The emphasis will be on solar cells such as CIGS and CZTS which are based on the chalcopyrite materials system. An area of focus will be on projects targeting the problems in manufacturability (e.g. refining the deposition step), and other ancillary improvements to the technology (e.g. developing a cadmium-free buffer layer).

 

 

Funding Support

 

Funding awarded cannot be used to support overseas R&D activities. All funding awarded must be used to carry out the research activities in Singapore. IHLs, public sector agencies and not-for-profit organisations will qualify for up to 100% funding support of approved direct qualifying costs of a project. Private sector companies will qualify for up to 70% of the approved direct qualifying costs of a project. Only IHLs and not-for-profit entities would be allowed support for indirect costs. These include up to 20% of qualifying costs for overhead costs.

 

 

Funding Information

 

Capped Amount Maximum Duration
NA NA

 

 

Eligibility

 

This call is open to all Singapore-based local and foreign R&D organisations, including institutes of higher learning (IHLs), Research Institutes (RIs), private sector companies and not-for-profit research laboratories. CERP seeks both basic and applied research projects which pursue innovative and novel ideas in the Clean Energy space. Proposals from research consortia involving partners from international organisations are also welcome.

 

 

Assessment Criteria

 

Proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:

 

  1. High-technical-merit research and innovation that is novel, internationally competitive and can lead to breakthrough results;
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  3. Excellent execution by an experienced research team with a good track record and whose members have the relevant and complementary expertise;
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  5. Economic benefits to Singapore in terms of capabilities and manpower development as well as commercialisation spin-offs.

 

 

Terms and Conditions

 

Please click here for more details. More details about the grant call could also be found at https://rita.nrf.gov.sg/ewi/CERP_05/default.aspx.

 

 

Schedule of Annual Call 


There is one call a year - usually in July.

 

 

Date of Next Call

 

To be confirmed.

 

 

Application Procedure

 

  1. A) Online Submission to NRF - Closing Date: 22 July 2011 Friday
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    Please submit your white papers to NRF through the RITA system at https://rita.nrf.gov.sg for online endorsement by DRA. Please note that the guidelines on proposals submissions must be strictly adhered. Staff would need to register for an user ID (if you do not already have an ID). Please click here for the RITA User Guide.

     

    The following items should be completed and uploaded onto the RITA system:

     

    • Maximum 5-page White Paper write-up;
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    • 2-page CVs of Lead PI and all collaborators (to follow format of CV prescribed in Annex B of the Guidelines document);
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    • Maximum 2-page references; and
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    • Other supporting documents, if applicable.
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  3. B) Hardcopy Submission - Closing Date: 22 July 2011 Friday
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    The following is to be submitted to NUHS Research Office, NUHS Tower Block, Level 11:

     

    SoM PIs NUH PIs

 

 

Contact Person(s) for More Information

 

Ms Clarin Ng

Tel : 6772 3723

Email : mednsy@nus.edu.sg