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Launch of the second call for small-scale projects

The second call for small-scale projects was launched on 31 March 2022 with a budget of EUR 100 million. The call text and application process remained largely similar to those of the first call and applicants have five months to prepare their application (until 31 August 2022).

EventTiming (expected)
Launch of the second small-scale call31 March 2022
Deadline for the submission of applications31 August 2022
Information on evaluation results and invitation for grant preparationQ1 2023
Award of the grants and PDAAs of Q2 2023

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.


Awarded small-scale projects

By 10 December 2021, 30 projects selected for funding under the first call for small-scale proposals signed their grant agreements with CINEA. The first 3 projects selected for grant award signed their grant agreements on 4 November 2021, during a side-event of the COP26 conference. The rest of the selected projects signed their grant agreements in the weeks after that event. The award decisions are available in the legal framework section.

In addition, project development assistance was awarded to 10 rejected proposals which met the minimum requirements set in the call for proposals and were considered by the evaluators to have the potential to improve their maturity. The project development assistance is provided by the European Investment Bank.

Small-scale projects map

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

Energy intensive industries

AAL SEB: Demonstration of the use of flexible electrical demand to assist Electrical grid facilitate higher levels of renewable power

Non-ferrous metals

AGGREGACO2: Fabrication of CO2 negative AGGREGAtes based on disruptive accelerated carbonation processes fuelled by carbon capture in refineries

Glass, ceramics and construction material

BCP: Batch and Cullet Preheating technology first-of-a-kind, commercial-scale demonstration  towards decarbonization  of  flat glass production

Glass, ceramics and construction material

EB UV: EB/UV curing without Gas

Iron & steel

FirstBio2Shipping: First Bio-LNG to Marine Shipping

Biofuels and bio-refineries

W4W: Waga 4 World

Biofuels and bio-refineries

H2 Valcamonica: Green hydrogen for the decarbonisation of Valcamonica


HYVALUE: Novel upcycling production process based on an innovative circular business model for urban waste streams valorisation for the generation of high quality H2


SUN2HY: First small-scale deployment (fsd) of a pre-commercial plant based on photoelectrocatalytic technology for hydrogen production


ZE PAK green H2: Investment in 5 MW green hydrogen production facility located in Konin, Poland


LK2BM: Conversion of a pulp mill fuel source to biomass

Pulp and paper

TFFFTP: Towards a Fossil Fuel Free Tissue Production

Pulp and paper

SKFOAAS: SKF Recondoil as a Service


TLP: Thermoplastic lignin production - Creating a green industry to replace fossil-based plastics


Renewable energy

Aquilon: Airborne wind hybrid renewable microgrid with RedOX Flow battery to provide flat renewable energy to an industrial site

Wind energy

NAWEP@ Norse Airborne Wind Energy Project

Wind energy

CCGeo: Closed Carbon Geothermal Energy

Renewable heating/ cooling

WH: Water Horizon Renewable Energy Solution

Renewable heating/ cooling

DMC: Decarbomalt Croatia

Renewable heating/ cooling

CO2-FrAMed: CO2-Free Agriculture for the Mediterranean region

Solar energy

HELEXIO line: Demonstrating  manufacturing  for  innovative  BIPV roof components

Solar energy

Energy Storage

CarBatteryReFactory: Assembly plant for serial production of industrial energy storage systems based on second-life car batteries and disruptive full-pack technology.

Energy storage

Green Foil project: Low CO2 footprint battery foil for Li-ion battery

Energy storage

GREENMOTRIL: Development and operation of a GREEN energy community in the port of MOTRIL

Energy storage

DrossOne V2G Parking: Large-scale vehicle-to-grid system with integrated stationary storage: harnessing EV batteries and their fast response to deliver grid services, currently provided by highly polluting gas plants

Intra-day electricity storage

EVVE: First European Large-Scale Vehicle-To-Grid Demonstrator for an efficient decarbonisation of the energy sector

Intra-day electricity storage

GtF: Green the Flex: Achieving significant greenhouse gas emission reductions by intelligent electricity load shifting on the customer level

Intra-day electricity storage

NorthFlex: Decarbonising temporary power & flexible storage

Intra-day electricity storage

PIONEER: airPort sustaInability secONd lifE battEry stoRage

Intra-day electricity storage

Carbon capture, use and storage

Silverstone: Full-scale CO2 capture and mineral storage

Mineral storage of CO2

The list will be continuously updated to include all the small-scale project descriptions that sign the grant agreements with CINEA.

Best practices and statistics from previous Calls for Proposals

This set of documents aims to support applicants to 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 Small-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 first call for small-scale project proposals

The first call for small-scale projects opened on 1 December 2020 with a budget of EUR 100 million for breakthrough technologies in renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage. The call closed on 10 March 2021 and we received 232 applications for innovative clean tech projects in all sectors located in all EU Member States, Iceland and Norway.

During the second quarter 2021, independent evaluators assessed the proposals which fulfilled the admissibility and eligibility conditions against the award criteria. Applicants were informed about the results of the evaluation process for the first call for small-scale projects in July 2021. 32 successful applicants were invited to start the grant preparation process.

The timeline of the call is presented below:

Launch of small-scale call1 December 2020
Deadline for submission of applications10 March 2021
Information on evaluation results and invitation for grant preparationMid July 2021
PDA award decisionNovember 2021
Grant award decisionsNovember-December 2021

You will find all information and documentation about this call 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 application process of the call for small-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.


Innovation Fund webinar 1: small-scale call application step-by-step

Key elements of first call for small-scale projects

The first call for small-scale projects will fund innovative projects in clean energy and industry to support the deployment of key technologies needed to reach climate neutrality and contribute to Europe’s green recovery.

Key elements of the first call for small-scale projects:


The emphasis was on truly innovative projects that are ready for commercial deployment, for instance delivering installations to a customer in a new market segment. Apart from the main sectors, three key activities were encouraged: products that substitute carbon-intensive ones, net carbon removal innovations and direct air capture.

Preparation of the first call for small-scale projects

The first call for small-scale projects was prepared throughout 2020 with the active involvement of the Innovation Fund Expert Group.