Funding News

Climate Action will be one of the main focus areas during the final years of Horizon 2020. It’s therefore no surprise that the Energy Calls for the final Energy Work Programme are set to be more competitive than ever. There were over 300 proposals submitted in 2017 alone and as Horizon 2020 trends go, we’re expecting the numbers to rise yet again in the coming years. To help an get the overview, we’ve listed the upcoming topics in a new Energy infographic.

Two-stage topics

One of the goals of the final Work Programmes 2018-2020 will be to relieve the burden on researchers. The EC has set (up?) multiple solutions for solving this problem. One of them being an increase in two-stage topics. Looking at the upcoming deadlines, we can already see this plan in action. While the last round of Call Deadlines didn’t contain any two-stage topics, next year there will be four opportunities for researchers to propose to two-stage topics. The first two, Renewable energy system integrated at the building scale (LC-SC3-RES-4-2018) and Developing solutions to reduce the cost and increase performance of renewable technologies (LC-SC3-RES-11-2018) have already opened, with the first stage closing in January. Following these two-stage topics Developing the next generation of renewable energy technologies (LC-SC3-RES-1-2019-2020) and Optimising manufacturing and system operation (LC-SC3-RES-14-2019) will open on 1st August 2018.

Global Leadership in renewables topics closing in February and December

To help steer the Union towards a greener future, renewables are gaining in importance on the political agenda. Following the deadline in February 2018, there will between 17-36 projects funded under Global Leadership in renewables. The following topics will be closing on 18th February 2018:

  • Increased performance of technologies for local heating and cooling solutions (LC-SC3-RES-5-2018)
  • Demonstrate significant cost reduction for Building Integrated PV (BIPV) solutions (LC-SC3-RES-6-2018)
  • Demonstrate highly performant renewable technologies for combined heat and power (CHP) generation and their integration in the EU's energy system (LC-SC3-RES-12-2018)
  • Demonstrate solutions that significantly reduce the cost of renewable power generation (LC-SC3-RES-13-2018)
  • Development of next generation biofuels and alternative renewable fuel technologies for road transport (LC-SC3-RES-21-2018)
  • Market Uptake support (LC-SC3-RES-28-2018-2019-2020)

Further topics will be closing in December:

  • Combining Renewable Technologies for a Renewable District Heating System (LC-SC3-RES-8-2019)
  • Increase the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry (LC-SC3-RES-15-2019)
  • Demonstration of solutions based on renewable sources that provide flexibility to the energy system (LC-SC3-RES-17-2019)
  • Boosting pre-commercial production of advanced aviation biofuels (LC-SC3-RES-24-2019)
  • Market Uptake support (LC-SC3-RES-28-2018-2019-2020)

Further deadlines in April and September

The following Call Topics will be closing in April 2018:

Global Leadership in renewables:

  • Disruptive innovation in clean energy technologies (LC-SC3-RES-2-2018)
  • Demonstration of cost effective advanced biofuel pathways in retrofitted existing industrial installations (LC-SC3-RES-22-2018)

Smart citizen-centred energy systems:

  • Integrated local energy systems (Energy islands) (LC-SC3-ES-3-2018-2020)
  • Decarbonising energy systems of geographical Islands (LC-SC3-ES-4-2018-2020)
  • TSO – DSO – Consumer: Large-scale demonstrations of innovative grid services through demand response, storage and small-scale (RES) generation (LC-SC3-ES-5-2018-2020)
  • Pan-European Forum for R&I on Smart Grids, Flexibility and Local Energy Networks (LC-SC3-ES-7-2018)

Smart cities and communities: Smart Cities and Communities (LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018-2019-2020)

The following Call Topics will be closing in September 2018:

  • Advanced CO2 capture technologies (LC-SC3-NZE-1-2018)
  • Conversion of captured CO2 (CE-SC3-NZE-2-2018)
  • Strategic planning for CCUS development (LC-SC3-NZE-3-2018)