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

A total budget of €225 million is currently available to clean energy projects. ​

Renewable Energy Sources

Call identifier Scope Budget Funding per project* Deadline
LC-SC3-RES-8-2019 Combining Renewable Technologies for a Renewable District Heating System €15 M €8-15 M 11 Dec 2018 at 17:00 (Brussels time)
LC-SC3-RES-15-2019 Increase the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry €25 M €10-13 M
LC-SC3-RES-17-2019 Demonstration of the solutions based on renewable sources that provide flexibility to the energy system €40 M €12-15 M
LC-SC3-RES-24-2019 Boosting pre-commercial production of advanced aviation biofuels €20 M €15-20 M
LC-SC3-RES-28-2018-2019-2020 Market Uptake supportDemonstration of plug and play solutions for renewable off-grid electricity €15 M €1-3 M
LC-SC3-RES-30-2019 Demonstration of plug and play solutions for renewable off-grid electricity €10 M €5 M


Smart Energy System

Deadline: 05/02/2019 at 17:00 (Brussels time)

Call identifier Scope Total budget Budget per project*


Flexibility and retail market options for the distribution grid  €37 M €8-10 M


Solutions for increased regional cooperation in the transmission grid €25 M €2-4 M


Research on advanced tools and technological development €28 M €10 M
LC-SC3-ES-8-2019 European Islands Facility - Unlock financing for energy transitions and supporting islands to develop investment concepts €10 M €14.5-20 M

* estimate

For a complete overview of all Horizon 2020 funding opportunities please visit the  Participant Portal.

How to apply?

Applicants should submit their proposal electronically following the link to the topic page before the deadline. 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.

More information

In autumn, INEA and the European Commission are organising two info days to present in detail some of the above calls for funding, to explain the selection process and to answer questions from applicants.

  • Follow the recording of the virtual info day covering Renewable Energy Sources calls for proposals​
  • Please register for the info day covering Smart Energy System calls for proposals on 5/10/2018 in Brussels

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

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.