Indo-U.S. Joint Clean Energy Research & Development Centre

Indo-U.S. Joint Clean Energy Research & Development Centre

Energy cooperation is a central element of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership. Recognizing the need to address climate change, ensure mutual energy security, and build a clean energy economy that drives investment, job creation, and economic growth; India and the United States launched the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) on November 24, 2009 under the U.S.-India Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation on Energy Security, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy and Climate Change. As a priority initiative under the PACE umbrella, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Government of India signed an agreement to establish the Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC) on November 4, 2010. The JCERDC is designed to promote clean energy innovation by teams of scientists and engineers from India and the United States.


The overall aim of the JCERDC is to facilitate joint research and development on clean energy to improve energy access and promote low-carbon growth. To achieve this objective, the Indo-US JCERDC supports multi-institutional network projects using a public-private partnership model of funding.

Program Administration

In India, the program receives funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India through its Departments of Biotechnology (DBT) and Science and Technology (DST), and is administered through the binational Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF).


As a part of Phase I of the Program, the following three priority areas were covered:

  • Solar Energy
  • Second Generation Biofuels
  • Energy Efficiency of Buildings

After an intensive multi-level review and evaluation process, the following three consortia were selected for award in November 2012:

Area Title of the Project Lead Partner (India) Lead Partner (USA)
Solar Energy Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Second Generation Biofuels US-India consortium for development of sustainable advanced lignocellulosic biofuel systems Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad University of Florida
Energy Efficiency of Buildings United States-India Joint Center for Building Energy Research and Development CEPT University, Ahmedabad Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Recognizing the success of the first call of the JCERDC Program, the United States and India agreed to extend and expand the program, as elaborated in the U.S.-India Joint Statement issued when President Obama and Prime Minister Modi met in New Delhi on January 25, 2015: “The United States intends to support India's goal by enhancing cooperation on clean energy and climate change, to include expanding the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R): A renewed commitment to PACE-R, including extending funding for three existing research tracks of Solar Energy, Building Energy Efficiency, and Biofuels for an additional five years and launching a new track on Smart Grid and Grid Storage.” Both nations have since emphasized the critical importance of expanding clean energy research, development, manufacturing and deployment, which increases energy access and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

After an intensive multi-level review, the following consortium was selected for award in September 2017:

Area Title of the Project Lead Partner (India) Lead Partner (USA)
Smart Grids and Energy Storage UI-ASSIST:U.S.-India collAborative for smart diStribution System wIth Storage Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Washington State University, Pullman
Contact Information

Dr. Chaitali Bhattacharya
Principal Science Officer
Ms.Priya Thomas
Program Officer