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The Energy Calls for the final Energy Work Programme are set to be more competitive than ever. With over 700 proposals submitted in 2018 alone, the number of submissions more than doubled compared to the previous year. To help you get an overview, we’ve listed the upcoming topics in our popular infographic format.

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The upcoming calls support research, demonstration, innovation and market-uptake actions across different low-carbon energy sectors. The Energy Union Strategy has identified renewable energy, smart energy systems, energy efficiency and carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) as the core priorities of the Energy Work Programme. Upcoming Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy calls, as part of the Societal Challenges pillar of Horizon 2020, are:

Energy efficiency

The European Commission sees energy efficiency as “one of the most cost effective ways to support the transition to a low carbon economy”. Calls cover subjects such as home renovations, smart energy devices and upgrades for legacy equipment.

  • LC-SC3-EE-1-2018-2019-2020 (Decarbonisation of the EU building stock: innovative approaches and affordable solutions changing the market for buildings renovation)
  • LC-SC3-EE-2-2018-2019 (Integrated home renovation services)
  • LC-SC3-EE-3-2019-2020 (Stimulating demand for sustainable energy skills in the construction sector)
  • LC-SC3-EE-4-2019-2020 (Upgrading smartness of existing buildings through innovations for legacy equipment)
  • LC-SC3-EE-5-2018-2019-2020 (Next-generation of Energy Performance Assessment and Certification)
  • LC-SC3-EE-6-2018-2019-2020 (Business case for industrial waste heat/cold recovery)
  • LC-SC3-EE-8-2018-2019 (Capacity building programmes to support implementation of energy audits)
  • LC-SC3-EE-9-2018-2019 (Innovative financing for energy efficiency investments)
  • LC-SC3-EE-10-2018-2019-2020 (Mainstreaming energy efficiency finance)
  • LC-SC3-EE-11-2018-2019-2020 (Aggregation - Project Development Assistance)
  • LC-SC3-EE-13-2018-2019-2020 (Enabling next-generation of smart energy services valorising energy efficiency and flexibility at demand-side as energy resource)
  • LC-SC3-EE-14-2018-2019-2020 (Socio-economic research conceptualising and modelling energy efficiency and energy demand)
  • LC-SC3-EE-16-2018-2019-2020 (Supporting public authorities to implement the Energy Union)
  • LC-SC3-EE-17-2019 (European City Facility - European cities as key innovation hubs to unlock finance for energy efficiency)
  • LC-SC3-EE-18-2019 (Bioclimatic approaches for improving energy performance in buildings in Africa and Europe)

Global leadership in renewables

The challenge to be tackled is to create an industrial renewable energy sector which is competitive and economically sustainable. Calls include subject such as solar energy and biofuel.

  • LC-SC3-RES-7-2019 (Solar Energy in Industrial Processes)
  • LC-SC3-RES-8-2019 (Combining Renewable Technologies for a Renewable District Heating and/or Cooling System)
  • LC-SC3-RES-15-2019 (Increase the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry)
  • LC-SC3-RES-16-2019 (Development of solutions based on renewable sources that provide flexibility to the energy system)
  • LC-SC3-RES-17-2019 (Demonstration of solutions based on renewable sources that provide flexibility to the energy system)
  • LC-SC3-RES-23-2019 (Development of next generation biofuel and alternative renewable fuel technologies for aviation and shipping)
  • LC-SC3-RES-24-2019 (Boosting pre-commercial production of advanced aviation biofuels)
  • LC-SC3-RES-28-2018-2019-2020 (Market Uptake support)
  • LC-SC3-RES-29-2019 (Converting Sunlight to storable chemical energy)
  • LC-SC3-RES-30-2019 (Demonstration of plug and play solutions for renewable off-grid electricity)

Smart and clean energy for consumers

  • LC-SC3-EC-1-2018-2019-2020 (The role of consumers in changing the market through informed decision and collective actions)
  • LC-SC3-EC-2-2018-2019-2020 (Mitigating household energy poverty)
  • LC-SC3-EC-3-2020 (Consumer engagement and demand response)

Smart citizen-centred energy system

  • LC-SC3-ES-1-2019 (Flexibility and retail market options for the distribution grid)
  • LC-SC3-ES-2-2019 (Solutions for increased regional cross-border cooperation in the transmission grid)
  • LC-SC3-ES-6-2019 (Research on advanced tools and technological development)
  • LC-SC3-ES-8-2019 (European Islands Facility - Unlock financing for energy transitions and supporting islands to develop investment concepts)
  • LC-SC3-ES-9-2019 (ERA-NET Co-Fund Enhanced cooperation in Digitalisation of Energy Systems and Networks)

Smart Cities and Communities

  • LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018-2019-2020 (Smart Cities and Communities)

Enabling near-zero CO2 emissions from fossil fuel power plants and carbon intensive industries

  • LC-SC3-NZE-4-2019 (Integrated solutions for flexible operation of fossil fuel power plants through power-to-X-to-power and/or energy storage)
  • LC-SC3-NZE-5-2019-2020 (Low carbon industrial production using CCUS)
  • LC-SC3-NZE-6-2020 (Geological Storage Pilots)

Joint Actions

  • LC-SC3-JA-1-2018 (Joint programming actions to foster innovative energy solutions)
  • LC-SC3-JA-2-2018-2019 (Support to the realisation of the Implementation Plans of the SET Plan)
  • LC-SC3-JA-3-2019 (European Pre-Commercial Procurement Programme for Wave Energy Research & Development)
  • LC-SC3-JA-5-2020 (Joint Programming with EU and African partners for a R&I actions in the area of renewable energy)

Cross-cutting issues

  • LC-SC3-CC-1-2018-2019-2020 (Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition)
  • LC-SC3-CC-3-2019 (Support for the opening of low-carbon energy research databases in Europe)