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TOPIC : Horizon prize for CO2 reuse

Topic identifier: LCE-Prize-CO2Reuse-01-2016
Publication date: 05 July 2016

Types of action: IPr Inducement Prize
Opening date:
05 July 2016
Deadline: 03 April 2019 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Preventing dangerous climate change is a key priority for the European Union. Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially while encouraging other nations and regions to do likewise. One way to help these efforts is to make use of the CO2 by integrating it in consumer products. CO2 re-use technologies however are still facing a number of technical, commercial and/or financial barriers.


This inducement prize will therefore reward innovative products utilising CO2 that could significantly reduce the atmospheric emissions of CO2 when deployed at commercial scale.

The prize will induce actors in the field of CO2 utilisation to do more to enhance their processes and products so that they reduce atmospheric emissions of CO2. It aims also to mobilise and enhance private R&I investment, attract non-traditional players, create new partnerships and incentivise researchers and innovators to enhance efforts to abate emissions of anthropogenic CO2 to atmosphere.

The specific rules of the contest will be published in 2016 by the European Commission, which will directly launch and manage the contest and award the prize based on the judgement of independent experts.

Indicative prize amount: EUR 1.5 million.

Expected Impact:

The prize winner will be the entrant that has developed a product demonstrating, over the duration of the contest, the most significant and measurable improvements in the mass of CO2 utilised in it while overcoming technical, commercial and/or financial barriers. Efforts shall be replicable and scalable in order that the processes and products can be rolled out in the future. Clear commercialisation plans that are key to assuring medium-term benefits of the activities undertaken towards the prize will also have to be presented.

It is expected that the prize will accelerate innovation in CO2 utilisation technologies, also in SMEs; facilitate discovering the real potential of CO2 utilisation to contribute to climate mitigation; increase transparency about technology readiness, barriers, costs, environmental performance and innovation needs; increase leverage of private finance for innovation; provide with new business models and value chains in the CO2 utilisation sector.

Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aimed at supporting pilot activities is excluded from the delegation to INEA and will be implemented by the Commission services.

Topic conditions and documents

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

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part 8 of the Rules for Contests.

  2. Eligibility and exclusion criteria: described in part 8 of the Rules for Contests.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to the application template.
  3. Evaluation and award criteria and procedure: described in part 3 of the Rules for Contests.

  4.  Indicative timetable for evaluation and award of prizes: described in part 3 of the Rules for Contest.

  5. Application templates and evaluation forms for prizes under this topic:

    Application template for inducement prizes is available after entering the submission tool below.
    Evaluation form for inducement prizes

  6. Additional provisions: described in the Rules for Contests.

    The general rules for Prizes
    are described in part F of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme
  7. Additional documents:

    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Euratom Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

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Type of Action Inducement Prize [IPr]
Topic Horizon prize for CO2 reuse - LCE-Prize-CO2Reuse-01-2016
Guidance on proposal submission: H2020 online manual
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