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Call: Competitive low-carbon energy

Acronym H2020
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Horizon 2020"
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly 80 billion € of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Apart from classic research projects, Horizon 2020 also funds innovation projects and pilot-projects in different fields.
The programme is divided into three different sections:
  1. Excellent Science
  2. Industrial Leadership
  3. Societal Challenges
Countries eligible for funding are: The EU-Member States, Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Moldova, Switzerland, Ukraine, Faroe Islands, Israel, Tunisia, Georgia, Armenia.
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Description of programme
"Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy"
To make the transition to a competitive energy system, we need to overcome a number of challenges, such as increasingly scarce resources, growing energy needs and climate change.
The Energy Challenge is structured around seven specific objectives and research areas:
  • Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint
  • Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply
  • Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources
  • A single, smart European electricity grid
  • New knowledge and technologies
  • Robust decision making and public engagement
  • Market uptake of energy and ICT innovation.
A budget of 5 931 million € has been allocated to non-nuclear energy research for the period 2014-2020. Out of this figure, more than 200 million € is earmarked to support European Institute of Innovation and Technology activities, subject to a mid-term review.
Competitive low-carbon energy
Description of call
"Competitive low-carbon energy"

Today, our EU energy system is still strongly linked to borderlines between Member States and connections between the electricity, gas and heat networks are still scarce. Creating links between these networks would provide more flexibility, more resilience and allow a larger penetration of variable renewables. This approach is underpinned by the recent Communication 'Energy Union'. 

Specific topics of the calls

  • Next generation innovative technologies enabling smart grids, storage and energy system integration with increasing share of renewables: Distribution network
  • Demonstration of smart grid, storage and systems integration technologies with increasing share of renewables: Distribution system
  • Support to R&I strategy for smart grid and storage
  • Demonstration of smart transmission grid, storage and system integration technolgies with increasing share of renewables
  • Tools and technologies for coordination and integration of the European energy system
  • New knowledge and technologies
  • Developing the next generation technolgies of renewable electricity and heating/cooling
  • Development of next generation biofuels technolgies
  • Increasing the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry
  • Reducing the cost of PV electricity
  • Near-to-market solutions for reducing the water consumption of CSP Plants
  • Near-to-market solutions for the use of solar heat in industrial processes
  • Solutions for reduced maintenance, increased reliability and extended life-time of off-shore wind turbines/farms
  • Demonstration of large > 10MW wind turbine
  • Scaling up in the ocean energy sector to arrays
  • 2nd Generation design tools for ocean energy devices and arrays development and deployment
  • Easier to install and more efficient geothermal systems for retrofitting buildings
  • EGS in different geological conditions
  • Demonstration of the most promising advanced biofuel pathways
  • Enabling pre-commercial production of advanced aviation biofuel
  • Makret uptake of renewable energy technologies
  • International Cooperation with Brazil on advanced lignocellulosic biofuels
  • International Cooperation with Mexico on geothermal energy
  • International Cooperation with South Korea on new generation high-efficiency capture processes
  • Utilisation of captured CO2 as feedstock for the process industry
  • Cross-thematic ERA-NET on Applied Geosciences
  • Measuring, monitoring and controlling the risks of CCS, EGS, and unconventional hydrocarbons in the subsurface
  • Highly flexible and efficient fossil fuel power plants
  • CCS in industry, including Bio-CCS
  • Geological storage pilots
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Support for the Energy Union
  • European Platform for energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities research
  • European Common Research and Innovation Agendas (ECRIAs) in support of the implementation of the SET Action Plan
  • Joint Actions towards the demonstration and validation of innovative energy solutions
  • Framework Partnership Agreement supporting Joint Actions towards the demonstration and validation of innovative energy solutions
  • Support to the energy stakeholders to contribute to the SET-Plan
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Thematic Focus Energy, Research, Innovation, Capacity Building, Sustainability, Technologies, Environment & biodiversity, Natural ressources
Funding area EU Member States
Candidate Countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Origin of Applicant EU Member States

Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), NGO / NPO, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

At least three legal entities. Each of the three must be established in a different EU Member State or Horizon 2020 associated country. All three legal entities must be independent of each other. 

Recurring Call No

Electronic application here

Contact Details

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