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Results of the second call for large-scale projects

The results of the second Innovation Fund call for large-scale projects were published on 12 July 2022. 17 projects aiming to bring breakthrough technologies to the market in energy-intensive industries, hydrogen, renewable energy, carbon capture and storage infrastructure, and manufacturing of key components for energy storage and renewables were pre-selected for grant agreement preparations.

Share your views on funding for clean tech manufacturing and pilots for deep decarbonisation technologies

As announced in the REPowerEU Plan on 18 May 2022, the Innovation Fund will be strengthened to further support the EU’s independence from Russian fossil fuels.

The Commission will double the funding available for the next large-scale call of the Innovation Fund to around EUR 3 billion. To this end, we are launching a survey to gauge the industry’s interest and readiness to apply for funding in specific thematic areas under the Innovation Fund in clean tech manufacturing and for pilot projects for deep decarbonisation technologies.

If you are in charge or part of such projects, we would be happy to hear your views by 18 June.

Launch of the second call for large-scale project proposals

On 26 October 2021, the European Commission has launched the second call for large-scale projects under the Innovation Fund, one of the world’s largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU’s Emissions Trading System.

With a budget of EUR 1.5 billion, which is increased by 50% compared to the previous call, it will finance breakthrough technologies for renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage.

Grants signed for the projects selected under the first call for large-scale proposals

A total of 7 projects signed their grant agreements under the first call for large-scale projects. These projects aim to reduce over 76 Mt of CO2eq during the first ten years of operation. They are deploying innovative low-carbon technologies at industrial scale, covering key sectors such as hydrogen, steel, chemicals, cement, solar energy, biofuels, and carbon capture and storage. The grants will support the decarbonisation of Europe's economy, paving the way to climate neutrality in 2050, and reinforce European technological leadership on a global scale.

Best practices and statistics from previous Calls for Proposals

We have published a set of documents to support applicants to Innovation Fund in preparing successful bids. The documents cover both the large-scale and small-scale projects.

Grants signed for the projects selected under the first call for small-scale proposals

A total of 30 projects signed their grant agreements under the first call for small-scale projects. They will implement innovative technologies focusing on the decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries (iron and steel, biofuels and biorefineries, pulp and paper, refineries, non-ferrous metals, glass, ceramics and construction material, hydrogen) and the energy sector, through innovative production and use of renewable energy or storage solutions.

Results of the first call for large-scale projects

The results of the first call for large-scale projects were published on 16 November 2021. 7 projects aiming to bring breakthrough technologies to the market in  energy-intensive industries, hydrogen, carbon capture, use and storage and renewable energy were pre-selected for grant agreement preparations.