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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.

Launch of the second call for large-scale project proposals

The second call for large-scale projects was launched on 26 October 2021. 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.

 The application and selection process has only one stage. The call text as well as the methodologies for greenhouse gas emission avoidance and calculation of relevant costs remained largely similar to the first call but they include better guidance for applicants. Both resubmissions and new applications are welcome. The deadline to submit a full application is on 3 March 2022. The information on the evaluation results will be provided in the third quarter of 2022 and grants will be awarded in the last quarter of 2022.

EventTiming (expected)
Launch of the second large-scale call26 October 2021
Deadline for submission of applications3 March 2022
Information on evaluation results (expected)Q3 2022
Award of the grants and project development assistanceQ4 2022

The call text and supporting documents are available on the Funding and Tender Portal. For any question related to the call, please contact the dedicated helpdesk.

Overview of the first call for large-scale project proposals & next steps

The first call for large-scale projects opened on 3 July 2020 with a budget of EUR 1 billion for breakthrough technologies for renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage. The call closed on 29 October 2020. We received 311 applications for innovative clean tech projects, promising to reduce around 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 during their operating period within the Innovation Fund. Further analysis shows the main technological pathways employed in the proposed projects.

The proposals that fulfilled the admissibility and eligibility conditions have been assessed against the award criteria of the first stage by independent external evaluators. In March 2021, the best-ranked 70 applicants were invited to submit full project proposals for the second stage of the call, which closed on 23 June 2021. We have received 66 applications which were evaluated by external evaluators against all the 5 Innovation Fund award criteria: potential for greenhouse gases emission avoidance, degree of innovation, project maturity, scalability and cost efficiency.

In addition, rejected proposals which met some minimum requirements and have the strongest potential to improve their maturity were offered project development assistance (PDA) provided by the European Investment Bank. The Commission has adopted the first PDA award decision in July, and it was followed by signature of individual PDA agreements by the EIB and implementation of the PDA services.

15 large-scale projects were selected to receive PDA for the 1st call. The support, provided as a tailor-made technical assistance by the European Investment Bank aims to advance their financial, technical or operational maturity, with a view of potential re-submission under future Innovation Fund calls.

The information on the evaluation results from the second stage was communicated to applicants on 16 November 2021. 7 projects were selected for funding under the first Innovation Fund call for large-scale projects and cover a wide range of relevant sectors to decarbonise different parts of Europe's industry and energy sectors, such as chemicals, steel, cement, refineries, and power and heat.

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These successful projects are invited to start their grant agreement preparations with CINEA. Grants will be awarded in the first quarter of 2022.

EventTiming
Launch of the first large-scale call3 July 2020
Deadline for submission of applications to 1st stage29 October 2020
Information on evaluation results and invitation for the 2nd stageMarch 2021
Deadline for submission of applications to 2nd stage23 June 2021
PDA award decision27 July 2021
Information on 2nd stage evaluation results16 November 2021
Award of the grantsQ1 2022

You will find all information and documentation needed at the Funding and Tenders Portal, including the call text, application forms, Frequently Asked Questions and the helpdesk for additional questions.

More information is also available on CINEA website.

Questionnaire on the Innovation Fund application process

We gathered feedback on the first stage application process of the call for large-scale projects. We are integrating the recommendations into the preparation of the future Innovation Fund calls to improve the application process. You can find a complete overview of the results of the survey.

Key elements of first call for large-scale projects

 The first call will fund clean energy and clean industry innovative investments to contribute to the green recovery of EU economy and maintain the momentum in EU journey to climate neutrality.

Key elements of the first call for proposals for large-scale projects:

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