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Pre-announcement of call for joint Canada-Germany projects on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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December 22, 2020

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is pleased to announce a partnership with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) to fund collaborative research projects on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Hydrogen is a versatile fuel that can be produced from many sources and act as an energy carrier. Hydrogen fuel cells do not produce emissions, only electrical power, water and heat. When used with hydrogen from renewable sources, hydrogen fuel cells offer a zero emission option that can be scaled for many applications including motive power for vehicles, space and water heating in communities, space and process heat for industry, and power for remote, backup, and critical applications.

Canada and Germany enjoy a longstanding cooperation in science and technology. The basis for the proposed initiative stems from the German‑Canadian Intergovernmental Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation that was signed in Bonn on April 16, 1971. The current initiative is designed to fund one-year projects between Canadian academic researchers and their counterparts in German academia and/or federal research institutes. It is expected that these will lay the groundwork for longer term collaborations to advance the development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. More information on the call for proposals will be provided in the coming months. In the interim, Canadian academic researchers are encouraged to reach out to their German counterparts in preparation for the launch of the initiative.

For more information please contact Robert Therrien at

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