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Energy Efficiency - Market Uptake

H2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptakeSub call of: H2020-EE-2014-2015
Opening Date 10-12-2014 Deadline Date 04-06-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €54,300,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Open Main Pillar Societal Challenges

Topic: Driving energy innovation through large buyer groups EE-17-2015

Specific challenge: Buyers of energy-related products can foster innovation by specifying energy performance levels that are higher than the best levels available on the market. The larger the group of buyers, the higher is the potential market and therefore the greater is the interest of manufacturers to meet more ambitious product specifications and to deliver new more energy efficient products. This market-transformation tool, commonly referred to as 'technology procurement', has been applied successfully to a few products such as copiers, electric motors and cold appliances but it could be applied to many more energy-related products if more buyers knew how to use it.

Scope: Actions whereby groups of buyers are established and together set higher-than-available performance levels which manufacturers of sustainable energy products are called to meet through product innovation. Products should represent a large potential for meeting the EU energy policy targets and have the potential for a large market demand.  Buyer groups should be large and influential and/or composed of market leaders. Technical specifications should be ambitious but achievable without large investments in research and development and without distorting competition between manufacturers of products with the same level of energy performance. It is important that the technology procurement process is associated with communication activities to encourage manufacturers to participate and to make their results more visible.

Proposals addressing the procurement of products that already exist on the market should be submitted under topic EE8.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1.5 and 2 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: New energy-using or -producing products with at least 25% better performance than best available products. Improved competitiveness of manufacturers. Creation of influential buyer groups able to transform the appliances market.  

Type of action: Coordination and Support 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 with the following exceptions:
    - at least three legal entities shall participate in an action;
    - each of the three legal entities shall be established in a different Member State or Associated Country;
    - all three legal entities shall be independent of each other within the meaning of Article 8 of the rules of participation.
  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 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 timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    One-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. 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 (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    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.


Additional documents

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

  • Frequently Asked Questions en
  • 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

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Type of Action Coordination & support action [CSA]
Topic Driving energy innovation through large buyer groups - EE-17-2015

Guidance on proposal submission: H2020 online manual
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