Procedure for Inviting New Proposals

EOI Guidelines & Application Format for Inviting R&D Proposals
For broader participation, mechanism of inviting research proposal through Expression of Interest (EOI) route has been introduced since July, 2016. New R&D project proposals are taken up in the identified areas for grant-in-aid and aimed at development of new product or process, or major improvement in an existing process or product with attractive commercialisation potential. The proposals are received from R&D and academic institutions/organisations & presented before Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on Hydrocarbon of MoPNG for recommendation and approval from Executive committee (EC)/Governing Council (GC).
Following are the guidelines for inviting R&D proposals through EOI:
Objectives
a. Development of innovative product and process technologies for hydrocarbon / oil sector and alternate energy fuels
b. Strengthening the interface between R&D establishments and Industry
c. Accelerating commercialization of products/ processes successful at lab stage
Sectors of Interest
Downstream Hydrocarbon sector, Alternative & Non-conventional fuels for Transport
Project Proposals
CHT invites new R&D project proposals through EOI twice in a year. Projects should aim at development of a new product or a process, or major improvement in an existing product or process, with attractive market potential. The projects should result in significant benefits to hydrocarbon sector / oil industry.
Schedule of activities I II
 Publication of EOI in newspaper/website – June Jan
 Receipt of project proposals – August March
 Screening by Select Committee of SAC – September April
 Approval by the SAC – October May
 Approval by EC/GC of CHT – December July
 MOU signing for the approved project proposal – December July
Nature of Proposals
 Refinery Residue to Clean Fuels
 Desulphurisation of Diesel and Gasoline
 Coal / Gas / Biomass Gasification
 Low Level Heat Recovery
 Alternative Energy: Bio-fuels and Hydrogen
 Carbon Capture
 Molecular Engineering
 Hydrogen as Fuel - Production and Storage
 Process Intensification
 Photo Synthesis
Activities Supported
Partial financial support is provided by CHT primarily to cover development, cost of pilot plant, cost of process equipment, consumable cost, test and evaluation of products, user trials etc. The proposal deliverables should have innovative element and preferably address the following aspects:
a. Development of a new or improved product resulting in prototype development and ending with demonstration in commercial environment
b. Development of a new or improved process resulting in establishment of process / technology know-how, development of process equipment and demonstration in a pilot plant
c. Indigenization of imported technology
d. Technology development projects for improvement of products / processes
e. Development & demonstration of technologies for use by cluster of industries
Eligibility Criteria
 The proposal should have progressed to minimum Translational level
 Oil industry (PSUs / Private) organisations
 DSIR recognised Research Institutes / CSIR Labs/ Educational Institutes of repute (like IIT, NIT, etc.) with financial commitment from one of the PSU oil companies
 Individuals with financial commitment from one of the PSU oil companies
Evaluation Procedure
 The project proposals are initially scrutinized in-house by CHT. During initial examination, proposal is evaluated from eligibility point of view along with expected outcome and its relevance with scheme objectives outlined in guidelines. Required additional information is sought from applicants, wherever necessary.
 CHT proposes Chairman SAC to nominate Steering Committee for shortlisting the proposals for consideration by SAC.
 The applicant is required to give a detailed presentation for 15-30 minutes before the Steering Committee describing the features of the R&D Project and the expected outcome with time-lines. The Committee also deliberates upon cost involved and likely benefit to the target group.
 The Committee scrutinise all the proposals, advise modifications, if required and shortlists for consideration of SAC.
 Applicants of projects which are not approved by Steering Committee are informed along with reasons.
 SAC deliberate on all the shortlisted proposals and recommend the same for approval by Executive Committee (EC) / Governing Council (GC) of CHT.
 CHT signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with participating agencies and a nodal agency is decided among participating agencies by CHT. Subsequently based on project cost, CHT forms Project Monitoring Committee (PMC) / Project Steering Committee (PSC) by taking one coordinator from each participating agency for monitoring of the project progress.
 Grant-in-aid is released based on the expenditure, utilization certificate and the project elements as defined in MOU.
 The progress of the project is reviewed regularly by PMC/PSC and the status is presented to SAC.
 Projects closure/foreclosure are decided by SAC.
 Based on SAC recommendations, nodal agency submits the final report to CHT.

Procedure for Inviting New Proposals

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