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Germany and Canada Join Forces in Battery Research and Development

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The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has announced a significant initiative to advance battery and battery material research in collaboration with Canada.

This funding opportunity aims to synergistically enhance battery expertise within academia and industry across both nations.

Under the guidelines set forth on March 13, 2024, and published in the Bundesanzeiger on April 11, 2024, the initiative seeks to foster the development of next-generation, sustainable, and high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The focus areas include the discovery and synthesis of novel battery materials, the processing and recycling of essential raw materials, and the utilization of advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to enhance material and process innovation.

This initiative, supported by the longstanding bilateral scientific and technological cooperation agreement signed with Canada in 1971, emphasizes collaborative projects known as '2 + 3 projects'. These projects involve at least two German partners—a university or research institution and a commercial enterprise, preferably small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - and three Canadian partners, including a National Research Council (NRC) institute, a university, and a Canadian SME.

Proposals are invited to develop eco-friendlier processes and tools for lifecycle assessment, techno-economic analysis, and to improve the sustainability and supply chain security of battery technologies. The BMBF has entrusted the DLR Project Management Agency with the implementation of this initiative, with a two-stage application process starting with project outlines due by October 16, 2024.

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit the BMBF website.

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