Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Competitive Low-Carbon Energy

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 Horizon 2020 work programme.

Funding opportunities

Seven topics, with a total budget of 56 million, are currently open for applications.

The deadline for submitting project proposals is 6/09/2018 at 17:00 (Brussels time). 

Topic name and link Description  Budget   Funding per project*
LC-SC3-NZE-1-2018 Advanced CO2 capture technologies  €20 m

€5 m -


LC-SC3-NZE-2-2018 Conversion of captured CO2  €12 m

€3 m - 

€4 m

LC-SC3-NZE-3-2018 Strategic planning for CCUS development   €3 m

€2 m - 

€3 m

LC-SC3-CC-1-2018-2019-2020 Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition  €10 m

€1 m - 

€3 m

LC-SC3-CC-2-2018 Modelling in support to the transition to a Low-Carbon Energy System in Europe  €5 m

€4 m - 

€5 m

LC-SC3-CC-5-2018 Research, innovation and educational capacities for energy transition  €4 m

€2 m - 

€4 m

LC-SC3-CC-6-2018 Transition in coal intensive regions  €2 m

€1 m - 

€2 m

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How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal electronically by 6 September 2018 at 17:00 (Brussels time), following the link to the topic page. Please follow the guidelines on proposal submission and evaluation

You can also consult the General Annexes of the H2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020 for general rules on funding, such as the list of countries that can apply for funding, standard eligibility criteria, submission rules, types of projects and their funding rates and other useful information. 

See also:

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

*This overview is indicative and does not claim completeness


More information

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.

Recordings and presentations are available on the event page.


Become an expert

External evaluators of project proposals are drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. The Commission is looking to expand the database through a call for experts covering a very broad range of fields. If you fit the expert profile rather than that of an applicant, and would like to be considered as a proposal evaluator, sign up in the Participant Portal.