2+2 Project scheme is the flagship programme of IGSTC to catalyse innovation centric R&D+I projects by synergizing the strength of research/academic institutions and public/private industry from India and Germany. The Call for proposals is aimed at supporting joint R&D+I projects of industrial relevance by means of “2+2 Mode of Partnership” i.e. involvement of at least one research/academic institute and one public/private industry from both India and Germany.
A consortium consisting of at least one academic/research institute and industry from both India and Germany is eligible to submit an application for 2+2 Project funding. Maximum is 3 partners on each side.
Applicants from public and private research organizations, public and private institutions of higher education, universities, and public or private companies having R&D bases (i.e. DSIR recognition for in-house R&D in case of Indian industry partner) are eligible to be partner in a project consortium.
No, an individual cannot apply for 2+2 projects. Only a 4-partner project consortium can apply for 2+2 projects.
Eligibility criteria for the Indian industry partner to be considered for IGSTC grants:
Eligibility criteria for the German industry partner to be considered for IGSTC grants:
Yes. PIs should be holding regular / permanent positions.
Applicant must register on to pt-outline online application tool and submit the application as per the guideline shown on the portal. Only the coordinator of the consortium has to upload the proposal.
Yes, hard copies of the submitted proposal signed by all the PI’s should be submitted to IGSTC within one week after the deadline.
No - participation from industrial partners from both the countries are mandatory.
Yes, DSIR recognition is necessary for Indian Industry partner to take part in the consortium.
The maximum amount of funding to Indian partners (academia + industry) is ₹ 230 Lakhs and to German partners € 450,000 per project. This does not include the necessary contribution by industry.
The projects which are finally selected will be supported by IGSTC initially for a maximum period of up to three years. An additional funding period of up to two more years may be granted in exceptional cases.
The Indian industry can get 50% of the project cost limited up to maximum ₹ 50 lakhs.
The funding rate for German industry is usually 50%, but the regulations of the AGVO will be applied.
Yes, it is mandatory for industry to contribute to the total project cost. For Indian industry it is fixed to minimum 50%. For German industry funding rate might vary due to the size of the industry and the work packages industry is involved in.
IGSTC will execute a two-step evaluation process, conducted by an Indo-German Joint Scientific Committee (JSC). the steps are as follows
IGSTC supports grants for: Manpower, Equipment & Accessories, Consumables, Contingency, Travel & Hospitality, Network Events, Outsourcing / Subcontract and Overhead charges.
India: No, PIs cannot take (in full / top up) salary from the manpower cost granted by IGSTC. Only those research staff hired exclusively for the project can be paid salary / fellowship from the manpower cost.
Germany: Usually not since the permanent position of a PI in an academic position is already covered. Industry can claim manpower cost, including the director.
If you are successful in obtaining funding from IGSTC for a similar application submitted to another agency, you have to withdraw the application from the other funding agency to receive IGSTC funding.