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Funding projects that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy is at the heart of the IEE programme. Applicants have to respond to a call for proposals published annually by the EACI . The call documents lay down all the criteria successful proposals have to meet to qualify for funding. The EACI receives about 350 applications for funding each year, competition for money is fierce and only the best applications get funding.

Priorities for funding

Each call for proposals funds actions in priority areas - make sure your proposal reflects the priorities of that particular call. The priorities are set on an annual basis in consultation with the Member States. They are adopted by the European Commission in the annual IEE work programme.

A fair and transparent procedure

Eligibility, selection and award criteria are detailed clearly in the call documents and are the same for everyone across the EU. Read the call documents carefully before applying.

All proposals must contain:

  • A detailed description of the action. This must include the objectives, performance indicators, target groups, EU added value and a detailed work programme, including outputs and delivery schedule.
  • Description of the consortium - including the rationale behind the choice of partners.
  • A detailed breakdown of the expected budget.

Proposals must be submitted online by the coordinator of the consortium using the electronic submission system of the European Commission.

Criteria

When applying for IEE funding for your project, bear in mind the following basic criteria:

  • Any public or private organisation established in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia can participate in a project proposal.
  • Proposals must involve in general at least three partners from different countries.
  • The proposal must prove the financial and technical capacity of the applicants to implement the project.
  • The proposal needs to take the overall objectives of the IEE programme and the priorities of that specific call into account and explain how these will be implemented.
  • High quality description of the activities to be carried out.
  • The project must have a wide and lasting impact on Europe's energy situation. It needs to make a significant contribution to the implementation of the EU's policy objectives regarding clean and secure energy.
  • Think about and explain the EU added-value of your project - what are the benefits of implementing the project on a EU level? The transnational dimension is crucial.
  • Well thought and planned allocation of resources.
  • 'Hardware' investments or research and development projects are not eligible for funding. If you are looking for funding for a project still in the research phase go to the EU's Framework programme for research .

2013 call for proposals

The call 2013 was published on tbd December 2012 with a deadline for the submission of proposals of 8 May 2013, 17:00 CET. Find out more about how to apply.

Exception: different deadlines apply to the BUILD UP SKILLS initiative.

For further information contact eaci-iee-enquiries@ec.europa.eu or your national contact point.

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