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H2020-LCE-2014-1Sub call of: H2020-LCE-2014-2015
Opening Date 11-12-2013 Deadline Date 01-04-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €113,000,000
Stage 2 23-09-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Societal Challenges
OJ reference OJ C361 of 11 December 2013

Topic: Developing next generation technologies for biofuels and sustainable alternative fuels LCE-11-2014

Specific challenge: Europe has limited biomass and land resources to cope with an increased demand for fuels and other uses. Thus, in the long-term perspective, new technologies of sustainable biofuels and alternative fuels need to be developed that radically improve the state-of-art, notably in regards to the following sub-challenges:

a)      Improving conversion efficiency and/or enlargement of the biomass feedstock basis.

b)      Developing alternative fuels through use of new and sustainable resources from non-biomass non-fossil sources.

c)      Improving the economic, environmental and social benefits relative to fossil fuels and currently available biofuels, notably regarding cost reduction, minimisation of demand on natural resources (land and water in particular), enhanced energy balance, reduced GHG emissions (including carbon stock changes) and development of rural areas.

Scope: Proposals focusing on the long-term perspective should aim at developing the next wave of alternative and sustainable fuels by moving technologies from TRL 3-4 or to TRL 4-5 (please see part G of the General Annexes). In each case, they should address the c) sub-challenge described above.

Environment, health and safety issues, regional and social dimension, shall be considered in all developments and appropriately addressed. An assessment of alternative uses of the used feedstocks outside the bioenergy sector should also be done.

Biofuels produced from starch, sugar and oil fractions of food/feed crops are excluded.

An important element will be an increased understanding of risks (whether technological, in business processes, for particular business cases, or otherwise in each area), risk ownership, and possible risk mitigation. Proposals shall therefore include appropriate work packages on this matter.

Proposals shall explicitly address performance and cost targets together with relevant performance indicators, expected impacts, as well as provide explicit exploitation plans. Proposals should also indicate the current Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL, see Annex to this work programme) and the activities needed to keep the MRL aligned with the advances in the TRL that will be undertaken in the proposal to ensure the potential for exploitation.

Opening the project's test sites and pilot facilities, or research infrastructures for practice oriented education, training or knowledge exchange is encouraged.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 to 6 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact: The new developed technology pathways should permit the use of new feedstock sources that do not compete directly or indirectly with food or feed production for resources, or a more efficient conversion of the current ones. A favourable energy balance is expected, as well as a significant potential for cost reduction, which would permit these fuels to eventually compete favourably with fossil or older-generation equivalent fuels. The development of new technologies will permit robust and reliable assessment of the environmental and social benefits with respect to current technologies, notably in terms of GHG performance, energy balance, efficient use of natural resources, decentralised energy production, and job creation in rural areas, as well as secure and affordable energy supply in Europe or worldwide.

Type of action: Research & Innovation Actions


Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme..

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

3. Evaluation

3.1 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

Important to note: In order to ensure that a balanced portfolio of activities covering different renewable energy technology areas will be supported, it is expected that the share of the EU contribution benefitting one single technology area from topics LCE 2 and LCE 11 shall not exceed 25% of the total budget dedicated to these topics. An area in this context is considered one of the following: 1) photovoltaics, 2) concentrated solar power, 3) wind energy, 4) ocean energy, 5) hydropower, 6) deep geothermal energy, 7) renewable heating and cooling, 8) biofuels, 9) alternative fuels.

3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

5. Indicative timeline for evaluation and grant management:

Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:

- For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the final date for submission.

- For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants of the stage 2.

6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
Annotated Model Grant Agreement

7. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.


Additional documents

You can download the same documents as one zip file from the call page

  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 10. Secure, clean and efficient energy en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Call Flash Information en
  • FAQ 1 LCE Call_EN en

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