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TOPIC : Support to R&I strategy for smart grid and storage

Topic identifier: LCE-03-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
08 December 2015
Deadline: 05 April 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The new structure of the SET-Plan[1] identifies the following Integrated Challenges: Active consumer at the centre of the energy system, Demand focus – increasing energy efficiency across the energy system, System optimisation, Secure, cost-effective, clean and competitive supply as well as some Cross-Cutting aspects. A novel approach to R&I strategy in the field smart grid and storage is needed to address these integrated energy challenges.


Proposals must put forward a convincing framework to tackle all the following issues:

  • Support to the coordination of stakeholder views on R&I strategy using existing structures such as the Smart Grid Technology Platform, the EEGI, EERA, etc., taking into account the structure of Set-Plan the possible coming evolutions of the Set-Plan and Integrated Roadmap governance. Provision should be made to organise 2 plenary meetings per year.
  • Analysis of the on-going research, demonstration and innovation projects in the EU and countries associated to H2020 and where possible/relevant at Member States (e.g. thanks to link with national technology platforms) and regional levels;
  • Support for the development of a R&I roadmap based on the analysis of ongoing projects and taking into account relevant processes for the consolidation of stakeholders views;
  • Organisation of 2 workshops per year in Brussels to enhance collaboration between projects and to establish synergies on policy related aspects (e.g., business models, regulatory framework, financing framework, etc.) of the Horizon 2020 funded projects in the field of smart grid and storage;
  • Propose and organise workshops and processes for enhanced cross border knowledge sharing and system optimisation.

The support framework will be capable of hosting a representative set of stakeholders covering the following aspects: generation, transmission, distribution, smart metering, consumers and the following sectors: industry, research centres and academia. Direct (as a beneficiary) or indirect (e.g. under the form of a letter of intent) commitments of stakeholders in the proposal constitute an added value.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of around EUR 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Only one proposal will be selected.

The recommended duration of this activity is 48 months.

Expected Impact:

Proposals will demonstrate contributing to enhance the efficiency of R&I policy making at EU level. In particular, proposers will demonstrate how and why they are best paced to support the stakeholder's community; their experience in supporting the development of R&I roadmaps, their capacity to organise stakeholders/EU funded projects events while creating output for policy making.

Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders is excluded from the delegation to INEA and will be implemented by the Commission services.

[1]Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Towards an Integrated Roadmap: Research & Innovation Challenges and Needs of the EU Energy System

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
IMPORTANT: Please also read the introductory policy context for the activity TOWARDS AN INTEGRATED EU ENERGY SYSTEM of the COMPETITIVE LOW CARBON ENERGY call under the Societal Challenge 3 'Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy' of the Work Programme 2016 - 2017.


  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

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

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

  3. Evaluation

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

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process.

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

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

    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Additional documents


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