Call for Proposals
3 April 2012
SEAI invites proposals from business and public sector organisations located in Ireland and carrying out projects in Ireland with the intention of adding to SEAI's portfolio of renewable energy RD&D projects to be delivered in 2012.
Under this call, SEAI is seeking proposals that further the technical development and/or improve the policy environment leading to increased deployment of renewable energy and low carbon technologies, and a more sustainable Irish energy system. The Programme is open to a wide range of proposal types - including policy studies, field research, feasibility studies and technology RD&D. The move towards sustainable renewable energy options depends on resource availability, technical maturity and a policy environment that is conducive to both technology improvements and commercialisation. SEAI, in this call for proposals, seeks to promote research into technologies and options best suited to Ireland's own resources and needs.
The RE RD&D Programme aims to stimulate the deployment of RE by:
- Accelerating the development and deployment in the Irish marketplace of competitive renewable energy products, processes and systems with a particular emphasis on achieving Ireland's 2020 renewable energy targets.
- Providing support for solutions that enable technical and other barriers to market uptake to be overcome.
- Establishing, where necessary, and strengthening, where possible, a national capacity to access, develop and apply international class RD&D in a way that can best meet specific Irish needs on a continuing basis.
- Supporting and providing guidance to policy makers and public bodies that facilitate renewable energy deployment.
Financial support is available in three categories:
- Category 1: Shared-cost Demonstration (grant support of up to 25% of eligible costs)
- Category 2: Shared-cost R&D (grant support of up to 45% of eligible costs)
- Category 3: Public Good Activities (grant support normally up to 75% of eligible costs) and national representation in IEA Implementing Agreements
In the case of public good activities (category 3), projects may be open to support at a rate of up to 100% of eligible costs.