The updated Horizon 2020 Work Programme provides €47 million to kick-start the large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies previously announced in the Commission Strategic Action Plan for Batteries.

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At the dawn of a new, connected and green era — represented by autonomous vehicles, smart cities, smart grids based on renewable energy sources, drone aircraft and robotic devices — reliable and safe batteries with ultra-high performance are becoming essential.

The Cross Cutting part of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme adopted by the European Commission on 2 July allocates €42 million to kick-start a large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies. It is part of a broader support — worth €132 million — to short, medium and long term research on batteries within the H2020 call 'Building a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future: Next-Generation Batteries' (H2020-LC-BAT-2019-2020). Europe’s Strategic action plan on batteries published by the European Commission in May 2018 led to the publication in December 2018 of the Battery 2030 Manifesto, outlining the vision, rationale and main priorities of this initiative.

This call addresses the following research priorities identified in the Battery 2030 Manifesto:

·               LC-BAT-12-2020: Novel methodologies for autonomous discovery of advanced battery chemistries (€20 million)

·               LC-BAT-13-2020: Sensing functionalities for smart battery cell chemistries (€10 million)

·               LC-BAT-14-2020: Self-healing functionalities for long lasting battery cell chemistries (€10 million)

By addressing long-term research challenges to enable a 'game-changing' impact on future battery technologies, this initiative aims at providing a competitive advantage to the European battery industry. Furthermore, it will foster cross-disciplinary approaches empowered by digital technologies to deliver smart, safe and high-performing batteries for e-mobility, renewable energy storage and many other applications.

The updated Work Programme includes also the following calls that support the battery initiative:

·       a €2 million call for a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) that will integrate its contribution to the broader efforts of the European Research and Innovation stakeholders in battery technologies.

·       a €15 million call to support Member States and Associated States and Regions' joint research effort in the field of materials research, out of which €5 million should be allocated to support future battery technologies (Call CE-NMBP-41-2020: ERA-NET on materials, supporting the circular economy and Sustainable Development Goals).