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Support to the SET Plan IWG on hydrogen
Horizon Europe - Cluster 5 - Destination 3: Sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply
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This ERA Pilot on green hydrogen SRIA addresses specifically the need to ensure mutual coordination on an ongoing basis among national and regional hydrogen R&I programmes.
The Implementation Working Group (IWG) on hydrogen set up in 2023 aims at implementing part of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of the European Research Area (ERA) pilot on green hydrogen, and coordinating the work on hydrogen previously split between different IWGs of the SET Plan. This ERA Pilot on green hydrogen SRIA addresses specifically the need to ensure mutual coordination on an ongoing basis among national and regional hydrogen R&I programmes. It calls for, through a bottom-up approach, more ownership by member states and associated countries, which also means more financial and political commitment. It aims to maximise cooperation and synergies among member states and associated countries, and avoid inconsistencies, duplications, and fragmentation of measures. The activities of the hydrogen IWG build on the SRIA and range from the support of the development of hydrogen technologies to the fostering of collaboration and coordination within the SET Plan countries to ensure their active involvement. The support action is intended to facilitate the work of the hydrogen IWG by further defining its mission, supporting the preparation of the Implementation Plan (IP) on hydrogen and ensuring synergies with other SET Plan IWGs, domains and objectives, with activities focusing on:
- Organisational support to the Implementation Working Group on hydrogen.
- Analysis of the ERA pilot on green hydrogen SRIA and identification of the actions to be taken on by the IWG in the IP.
- Proposals to further develop the work initiated by the SRIA, for the parts relevant for the SET Plan.
- Coordination with other SET Plan IWGs to ensure complementarity of the actions.
- Coordination with other initiatives/projects and establishment of links with stakeholder’s fora.
- Facilitation of exchange between member states and stakeholders on best practices and lessons learned.
- Dissemination and networking activities with other existing ETIPs and IWGs (e.g., joint workshops, thematic conferences, webinar series, regular exchanges, etc.).
- Development and implementation of robust outreach approaches, development of assessments of risks (including environmental ones) and design and implementation of solutions, and societal engagement actions to span across the EU and Associated Countries.
- Organisation and management of documents and files with feed-in of relevant outputs of this CSA into the SET Plan information system (SETIS).
Project results are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:
- Organisational, logistic and secretarial support provided to the SET Plan Implementation Working Group on hydrogen.
- Smooth implementation through supporting the actions of the SET Plan for hydrogen in the coming years covering the whole value chain.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan), Belarus (Беларусь), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
- third countries associated to Horizon Europe - see list of particpating countries
Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:
- at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
- at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
- Affiliated entities — Affiliated entities (i.e. entities with a legal or capital link to a beneficiary which participate in the action with similar rights and obligations to the beneficiaries, but which do not sign the grant agreement and therefore do not become beneficiaries themselves) are allowed, if they are eligible for participation and funding.
- Associated partners — Associated partners (i.e. entities which participate in the action without signing the grant agreement, and without the right to charge costs or claim contributions) are allowed, subject to any conditions regarding associated partners set out in the specific call conditions.
- Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees to protect the EU’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies — Legal entities created under EU law including decentralised agencies may be part of the consortium, unless provided for otherwise in their basic act.
- Joint Research Centre (‘JRC’)— Where provided for in the specific call conditions, applicants may include in their proposals the possible contribution of the JRC but the JRC will not participate in the preparation and submission of the proposal. Applicants will indicate the contribution that the JRC could bring to the project based on the scope of the topic text. After the evaluation process, the JRC and the consortium selected for funding may come to an agreement on the specific terms of the participation of the JRC. If an agreement is found, the JRC may accede to the grant agreement as beneficiary requesting zero funding or participate as an associated partner, and would accede to the consortium as a member.
- Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members (e.g. European research infrastructure consortia (ERICs)) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. However, if the action is in practice implemented by the individual members, those members should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible.
other eligibility criteria
If projects use satellite-based earth observation, positioning, navigation and/or related timing data and services, beneficiaries must make use of Copernicus and/or Galileo/EGNOS (other data and services may additionally be used).
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the applicant organisations (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), the summarised budget for the proposal and call-specific questions;
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 30 pages.