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Third call for large-scale projects

The REPowerEU Plan has announced how 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.

In addition, DG Climate Action is organising four different workshops together with the relevant business associations on clean tech manufacturing. The aim of the workshops is to raise awareness about the role and new possibilities under the Innovation Fund’s third call for large-scale projects in the context of REPowerEU, and to collect information about potential project pipelines, the maturity of the projects, as well as their market needs and risks. The results of the discussions held during the workshops will be published on our website.

We encourage all the interested stakeholders to join the workshops of their interest by using the following registration details.

Workshop topics (manufacturing)Date & timeRegistration/contact details
Heat pumps27 June 2022, 14:00 – 17:30Registration link
Renewable energy28 June 2022, 14:00 – 17:30Registration link
Energy storage30 June 2022, 14:00 – 16:30Registration link
Electrolysers & fuel cells4 July, 14:00 – 17:30Registration link

The next call for large-scale projects is planned to be launched in late autumn 2022. Apart from the general call for proposals,  REPowerEU will support (1) innovative electrification and hydrogen applications in industry, (2) innovative clean tech manufacturing (such as electrolysers and fuel cells, innovative renewable equipment, energy storage or heat pumps for industrial uses), and (3) mid-sized pilot projects for validating, testing and optimising highly innovative solutions.

Awarded 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, renewable energy; and carbon capture, use and storage were pre-selected for grant agreement preparations.

The grant agreements were signed in March 2022 for all 7 projects. You can find the award decision in the legal framework section

Check out the project factsheets featured below to learn more about each project.

ProjectSector
Energy intensive industries
Beccs Stockholm: Bio Energy Carbon Capture and Storage by Stockholm Exergy Biofuels and biorefineries
ECOPLANTA: Reduction of CO2 Emissions from municipal non-recyclable waste to produce methanolChemicals
HYBRIT demonstration: Swedish large-scale steel value chain demonstration of Hydrogen Breakthrough Iron-making TechnologiesIron and steel
K6 ProgramCement and lime
SHARC: Sustainable Hydrogen and Recovery of CarbonHydrogen
Renewable energy
TANGO: ITaliAN PV Giga FactOrySolar energy
Carbon capture, use and storage
Kairos@C: Building strong momentum for massive decarbonisation in the EU through a unique end-to-end CCS projectCO2 capture and storage

Best practices and statistics from previous Calls for Proposals

This set of documents aims to support applicants to the Innovation Fund in preparing successful bids. The first document consolidates best practices and mistakes to avoid, following an analysis of the 2020 calls for large- and small-scale proposals. The second document presents the most relevant statistics on proposals submitted in the First Call for Large-Scale Projects.

Disclaimer! The documents do not represent guidance to future applicants. Future applicants are invited to consult the Funding and Tender Portal and all documents available there.

Overview 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 deadline to submit a full application was 3 March 2022 and we received 138 applications in all eligible categories.

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 2021, 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 grantsMarch 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. Check out the results of the survey for a complete overview.

Key elements of the 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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