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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: Understanding, preventing and mitigating the potential environmental impacts and risks of shale gas exploration and exploitation LCE-16-2014

Specific challenge: Gas shales have a very low porosity and permeability, and have to be fractured pervasively to create high-permeability pathways for the gas to migrate towards the wells. The fracturing process is subject to discussion, as it requires the injection of large amounts of water and chemicals, a part of which are eventually brought back to the surface. There are also concerns that the fractures may cause natural gas to leak into shallower aquifers that are used for drinking water supplies. In addition, the fracturing process can cause microseismicity, which - when felt at the surface - may give rise to public concerns. The most imminent challenge for shale gas extraction is therefore to address the associated environmental concerns, in particular through a better understanding and monitoring of the fracturing process and its environmental effects (including in the long term), treatment and recycling of flow-back and produced water, and mitigation of induced seismicity and emissions to air (including greenhouse gases).

Scope: Data collection (which could include satellite observation data), model development and identification/assessment of environmental impacts and risks of different exploration and exploitation techniques, and establishment of scientific recommendations for best practices. In line with the Union’s strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation[1] international cooperation is encouraged, in particular as regards knowledge sharing and collaboration with relevant US and Canadian partners.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 to 3 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 resulting knowledge base and scientific recommendations for best practices will contribute to efforts aimed at minimising the environmental footprint of shale gas extraction.

Type of action: Research & Innovation Actions

[1] COM(2012)497

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 inpart H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

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

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  • 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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