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Call for Proposals - IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on District Heating and Cooling

By District Energy posted 01-16-2020 12:17


IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on District Heating and Cooling


The new IEA DHC call for proposals is out. Submission of 2-page proposal outlines is open until February 28th 2020

IEA DHC has proceeded since 1983 by means of three-year cost-shared annexes, and since 2011 also carries out task-shared research. More information about current Annex XII projects and previous annexes can be found on the IEA DHC web site

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Background: The IEA DHC Executive Committee (ExCo) through its Operating Agent hereby launches a Call for Project Proposals. This thirteenth three-year period (Annex XIII) will be run from 1 May 2020 to 30 April 2023.

Proposed projects may range in duration up to a maximum of 30 months, terminating not later than 30 April 2023.

Proposals should be based on one or more of the priority themes as set out below. (Proposals on innovative new issues outside these areas will be considered only at the discretion of the Operating Agent).

Proposals should have clear relevance to district energy practice, provide a clear contribution to a more sustainable energy system and they should be relevant to all the participant countries of the IEA DHC programme.

The project selection is based on a 2-stage proposal process. The first stage is the submission of an outline while the second stage is the submission of a full proposal. For details see respective chapters of this document.

Proponents who were successful in the first stage of the selection procedure should explain in their full proposal how and to what extent they contribute to a more sustainable energy system. I. e. they should describe how the proposed research helps to decrease carbon emissions and resource consumption. This explanation is expected to be qualitative. However, proponents are invited to quantify their contributions to a sustainable energy system. A guideline on the estimation of overall resource consumption can be found at the end of this document in Appendix A.

Proponents sending in full proposals should clearly state and explain how and why their research tackles a well-defined need, who will use the results of their research, and to what benefit. Target groups should be clearly specified and there should be a clear communication plan towards these groups.