The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is launching a programme to boost international research collaboration on green hydrogen which accompanies the European Research Area (ERA) pilot project addressing this field.
The new programme ‘ERA Fellowships – Green Hydrogen’ combines three objectives. It provides international scientists with grants to study or have research stays dealing with green hydrogen at German universities and extra-university research institutions. German scientists are offered the opportunity to have research stays or do practicals with companies abroad, especially in ERA countries.
The third component of the programme is the four Green Hydrogen Working Groups which the DAAD is setting up to promote networking between fellows and DAAD alumni, other researchers and experts from industry.
The working groups focus on the areas of production, transport and infrastructure, market stimulation and cross-cutting issues. They are formed by the scholars of the ERA-Green Hydrogen Fellowship programme as well as representatives from academia, industry and public administration, providing a basis for an international, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary green hydrogen community.
The programme addresses international and German doctoral students, postdocs and masters students, and it seeks to recruit more junior scientists for research on green hydrogen. It is also intended to give students the opportunity to identify career options outside science, eg via practicals with internationally renowned companies in the hydrogen sector.
‘ERA Fellowships – Green Hydrogen’ is open to scientists and students from Germany, the EU member states, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and countries associated with the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme.
It accompanies the implementation of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, part of the European Agenda Process on Green Hydrogen, an ERA pilot initiative. With its new programme, the DAAD is also backing the German federal government’s National Hydrogen Strategy, adopted in 2020.