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€297 million available in Horizon 2020 energy funding

As of September 3rd, fifteen energy topics under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme are now open for application. They make available a total of €297 million in EU funding for the energy sector.

Nine of the recently opened topics – worth €187 million,  relate to smart and clean energy for consumers, smart citizen-centred energy system, smart cities and communities, and smart airports (EC-ES-SCC), while the other six – worth  €110 million cover renewable energy solutions (RES).

The projects will be selected for funding in a single-stage evaluation. The deadline to submit a proposal is 11 December 2019 for the RES call and 29 January 2020 for EC-ES-SCC call.

The topics for application are:

RES: Deadline 11 December 2019
Topic Details Indicative budget
LC-SC3-RES-9-2020 Next generation of thin-film photovoltaic technologies €20 million
LC-SC3-RES-19-2020 Demonstration of innovative technologies for floating wind farms €25 million
LC-SC3-RES-33-2020 Increase performance and reliability of photovoltaic plants €20 million
LC-SC3-RES-35-2020 Reduce the cost and increase performance and reliability of CSP plants €10 million
LC-SC3-RES-28-2018-2019-2020 Market uptake support €25 million
LC-SC3-RES-27-2020 Demonstration of advanced biofuels production from aquatic biomass €10 million


EC-ES-SCC: Deadline 29 January 2020
Topic Details Indicative budget
LC-SC3-EC-3-2020 Consumer engagement and demand response €16 million
LC-SC3-ES-3-2018-2020 Integrated local energy systems (energy islands) €15 million
LC-SC3-ES-4-2018-2020 Decarbonising energy systems of geographical islands €40 million
LC-SC3-ES-5-2018-2020 TSO-DSO-Consumer: Large-scale demonstrations of innovative grid services through demand response, storage and small-scale (RES) generation €22 million
LC-SC3-ES-10-2020 DC-AC/DC hybrid grid for a modular, resilient and high RES share grid development €14 million
LC-SC3-ES-11-2020 Rapid relief through transitions on islands €4 million
LC-SC3-ES-12-2020 Integrated local energy systems (energy islands): international cooperation with India €9 million
LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018-2019-2020 Smart Cities and Communities €55 million
LC-SC3-SA-1-2020 Smart Airports €12 million


How to apply?

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically, following the link from the topic’s page on the Funding opportunities portal. Please follow the guidelines on proposal submission and evaluation.

For all questions related to Horizon 2020, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.

What are the requirements for applying?

The requirements for submitting a project proposal are detailed in the relevant documents published on individual call page. Please consult also the general annexes of the H2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020 for general rules on funding, such as the list of countries that can apply for funding, standard eligibility criteria, submission rules, types of projects and their funding rates and other useful information.

How will the grants be awarded?

The submitted proposals are evaluated by independent experts drawn from the European Commission’s database of external evaluators. Applicants will receive the evaluation results at the latest five months after the submission deadline. Grant agreements will be signed with the successful applicants within eight months after the submission deadline.

Become an expert

External evaluators of project proposals are drawn from the European Commission’s database of independent experts. The Commission is looking to expand the database through a call for experts covering a very broad range of fields. If you fit the expert profile rather than that of an applicant, and would like to be considered as a proposal evaluator, sign up in the Funding opportunities portal.


Source: ec.europa.eu


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