Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Horizon 2020

Funding areas

INEA is running parts of Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation programme for 2014-2020, in the areas of transport and energy.

The Agency is managing the funding and following up the research & innovation projects under the following Horizon 2020 societal challenges:


Horizon 2020 societal challenges
Smart, green and integrated transport Secure, clean and efficient energy
€2.9 billion in 2014-2020, of which €950 million in 2018-2020:

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€3.8 billion in 2014-2020, of which €1.3 billion in 2018-2020:


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Smart Cities and Communities

Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy


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  • Blue Growth (part of the Smart, green and integrated transport and Secure, clean and efficient energy budgets)


Funding opportunities



Over €150 million is available to projects focusing on clean energy solutions.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5/04/2018 at 17:00 (CET).


1. The Competitve Low-Carbon Energy call for funding offers opportunities for projects focusing on:

  • smart energy systems (incl. geographical islands)
  • demonstration of innovative grid 
  • biofuels

The total available budget for these topics is €108.3 million.


2. The Smart Cities & Communities call for funding is open for projects that demonstrate smart city solutions across Europe.

The total available budget is €43 million.


The Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days, on 23 - 25 October in Brussels, presented the 2018- 2020 Horizon 2020 Energy Work Programme, with the focus on funding opportunities for energy projects in 2018. For more info, including recordings and presentations, visit the event page.


Competitive Low-Carbon Energy call is part of the Horizon 2020 'Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy' challenge . More details can be found in the 2018 - 2020 Work Programme.

See also other energy-related funding opportunitiesin Horizon 2020.

*This overview is indicative and does not claim completeness



Three calls that are open for proposal submission. 





Closing date





(first stage)


30 January 2018 - closed







4 April 2018







Closing date





4 April 2018







Closing date





4 April 2018



These calls are part of the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Challenge.

The specific focus of these three calls is to support research and innovation activities in relation with low-carbon and sustainable transport; automated road transport; electrified vehicles; safe and resilient transport systems; European industrial leadership as well as behavioural issues and user needs for mobility solutions.

The last Horizon 2020 Transport Info Days took place on 13 December 2017 in Brussels, presenting the 2018- 2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme, with a focus on funding oportunities for transport projects in 2018. To watch a recording of the event or to consult the various presentations, visit the event page.


More information

There might be other EU funding opportunities in transport and energy research announced on the Participant Portal.

For all questions related to Horizon 2020, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.


Funded projects

INEA is currently funding and following up on Horizon 2020 projects in the field of transport and energy.

Have a look at INEA's project compendium (pdf) including all H2020 projects managed by the Agency.

Interested in projects on heating and cooling technologies? Check the overview of EU-funded projects in this field, including INEA-managed projects.


How to communicate on your project? 

Take a look at the communication guidelines that will help you understand what to include in your communication plan, how to acknowledge the EU funding and what INEA can offer to support your communication efforts.


European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)

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