EPFL Call for Solutions4Sustainability

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EPFL launches a new initiative to fund Solutions4Sustainability

The entire EPFL community is invited to propose sustainable solutions for reducing our energy dependence and carbon footprint as well as leveraging EPFL’s capabilities in research and innovation around Green Energy, Storage and Sustainability (GESS) and Carbon capture, Usage and Storage to create an excellence area with demonstrators on our Campus and solutions ready for scale-up.

Deadline: 15 January 2023 at 23:59 CET.

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Mission

The initiative aims at developing sustainable solutions for reducing our energy dependence and carbon footprint as well as leveraging EPFL’s capabilities in research and innovation around Green Energy, Storage and Sustainability (GESS) as well as Carbon capture, Usage and Storage to create an excellence area with demonstrators on our Campus and solutions ready for scale-up.

Solutions to be funded

The objective is to identify:

  • by early 2023 two ambitious mission-oriented solutions to GESS developed in EPFL laboratories and demonstrate by 2027 their feasibility, possibly on campus, and their scalability for large societal use;
  • Identify up to 10 short-term and mid-term solutions coming from EPFL laboratories that could significantly reduce the CO2 footprint, in particular of the EPFL campus. The solutions must be ready to be implemented by the end of 2024.
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Eligibility

The call for proposals is open to the entire EPFL community (faculty, researchers, collaborators, students). Proposals must be written jointly with at least one EPFL faculty member.

If you are interested, we encourage you to start exploring potential projects and collaborations, as there may be limited time once the call is launched.

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Hackathon

As a complimentary action, in order to involve the student community, an Energy/Sustainability Hackathon will be organized to generate concrete, everyday actions towards a sustainable future. It will take place during the winter – stay tuned for more information.

 

Available funding

Up to 10 Mio CHF will be allocated to short or mid-term projects that are envisaged to span 1-2 years with a maximum funding of 1 Mio CHF each. Outcomes must be applicable on campus by the end of 2024 through demonstrators with an exploration on the scalability in society.

Up to 20 Mio CHF will be allocated to large projects that are envisaged to span 6 years (2 phases of 3 years) with a total funding up to 10 Mio CHF each.

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How to apply

Use the Toolkit to prepare your proposal and apply via the online submission platform before 15 January 2023 at 23:59 CET.

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Application deadline

The application deadline is Sunday, 15 January 2023 at 23:59 CET.

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Selection process

Applications that meet the formal requirements and are within the scope of the call will be evaluated by an EPFL Evaluation Committee. The Committee can request input of external reviewers if needed.  As part of the evaluation process, clarifications and project merger can be requested if deemed suitable. The Committee shall prepare a ranked list and recommendations for funding to the EPFL Direction for final decision of the grantees.

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Supported projects

Project funding will start at the earliest on 1 May 2023.

Contact

Research Office

Av. Auguste-Piccard 1

CH – 1015 Lausanne

Contact: [email protected]


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