Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Calls for Proposal

The Innovation Fund delegated regulation defines as 'large-scale' projects with capital expenditure above EUR 7.5 million, and as 'small-scale' projects below this threshold.

Large Scale Projects

How to apply

The first call for large-scale projects is open until 29 October 2020.

You will find all information and documentation needed at the Funding & Tenders Portal, including the call text, application forms and Frequently Asked Questions.

Key elements of first call for large-scale projects

The first call will fund clean energy and clean industry innovative investments to contribute to the green recovery of EU economy and maintain the momentum in EU journey to climate neutrality.

Key elements of the first call for proposals for large-scale projects:

  • Size: EUR 1 billion + EUR 8 million for project development assistance
  • Publication: 3 July 2020
  • Open to large-scale projects from all eligible sectors – energy-intensive industries, including CCUS, renewable energy, energy storage, substitute products and cross-cutting projects
  • Beneficiaries: single applicants (companies) or consortia
  • Form of support: grant, maximum size per project of up to 60% of the additional costs linked to the innovative low-carbon technology applied.


Event Timing
Launch of large-scale call 3 July 2020 at 12:00 CET
Deadline for submission of applications to 1st stage 29 October 2020 at 17:00 CET
Information on evaluation results and invitation for the 2nd stage or PDA Q1 2021 (indicative)
Deadline for submission of applications to 2nd stage Q2 2021 (indicative)
Information on 2nd stage evaluation results Q4 2021 (indicative)
Award of the grants End 2021 (indicative)

Background information on the preparation of the first call for large-scale projects.


14/07/2020 - Innovation Fund webinar 1: the 1st stage application step by step

15/09/2020 - Innovation Fund webinar 2: GHG emission avoidance & FAQs

Small Scale Projects

The Innovation Fund is also open to small-scale projects with total capital costs below EUR 7.5 million. They can benefit from simplified one-stage application and selection procedures.

The Commission is working on the first call for small-scale projects to be launched in end of 2020.

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More details on the background of the call are available here.