DST, GoI and IESA collaborated for Industry Research and Development Fellowship Programme

The Department of Science and  Technology (DST), GoI and India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) collaborated for Industry Research and Development Fellowship Programme (IRDFP) 2022.

The  International Platform on Hydrogen Economy Industry-Academia Conclave 2022, which was held in  New Delhi on September 30, 2022, and was organised by DST to facilitate academia-industry  engagement to address concerns informed by industry, is where the programme was announced.

The  Conclave was inaugurated by Dr. V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog, GoI.  

As the world shifts towards clean energy, the DST-IESA Industry Research & Development Fellowship  program provides a pathway for post-doctoral researchers to pursue their industrial research careers  in the clean energy sector. This fellowship program aims to assist recent Ph.D. holders to continue to  pursue research on industry-informed challenges in clean energy and to drive research collaboration,  translation, and commercialization of research outcomes.

The fellowship will further help bridge the  gap between academia and industry by recognizing and supporting innovations in clean energy technologies. 

This fellowship program will facilitate the academia-industry interactions, enhancing the breadth of  training of academic researchers, and providing them with a pathway to a career in industrial R&D. 

The fellowship facilitates research areas such as 

• Industry-informed challenges related to energy storage, 

• Zero-carbon energy, 

• Smart grids, 

• Green Hydrogen Technologies 

• e-mobility, 

• Policies in the energy sector, 

• Economics affecting the energy sector, 

• Social sciences for the energy sector, and so on 

Speaking about the collaboration, Dr Ranjith Krishna Pai, Scientist, TMD, DST, Govt. of India said“Department of Science & Technology (DST) and India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) are pleased  to launch Industry Research & Development Fellowship Programme 2022 (IRDFP) call for  applications which supports academia-industry interactions in order to address industry‐informed  challenges with the primary goal to create a pathway to support academic researchers in  establishing careers in industry. This fellowship will enhance the skills of the Fellow and will be of  mutual benefit to both the industry and academic partners. We seek to support industry and  academia interactions and DST & IESA have joined hands to becoming the bridge between the  academic researchers and the industry partners in the specific area of Clean Energy.”

To bring immediate action in the field of clean energy research, the DST-IESA fellowship funds research  on industry-informed problems across a broad range of disciplines related to clean energy focusing on  advanced energy storage, green hydrogen, and e-mobility technologies. The fellowship lasts for a year  and offers a monthly stipend of INR 50,000. 

You are qualified to apply for this fellowship programme if you are a post-doctoral researcher with a  strong interest in and track record of research in any area related to the clean energy industry, such  as science, engineering, business management, public policy, interdisciplinary research, etc. if you are  under 35 and have just recently completed your doctorate. Additionally, only Indian citizens are  eligible for the DST-IESA Industry Research & Development Fellowship. The application process for the  programme begins on September 30 and closes on December 15th. One can apply to the fellowship  program by submitting the online application at: onlinedst.gov.in 

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