Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

€105 million available for clean energy research

Creation date: May 11, 2017

The last call for funding under the current Horizon 2020 'Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy' Work Programme opened today. Applicants are invited to submit their project proposals aiming to demonstrate innovative renewable energy technologies by 7 September 2017. The total available budget is €105 million.

Nine topics of the Competitive Low-Carbon Energy call are now open for research and innovation proposals:

Topic Description Budget
LCE-10-2017 Reducing the cost of photovoltaic electricity €10 m
LCE-11-2017 Near-to-market solutions for reducing the water consumption of concentrated solar power plants €12 m
LCE-12-2017 Near-to-market solutions for the use of solar heat in industrial processes €8 m
LCE-14-2017 Demonstration of large >10MW wind turbine €25 m
LCE-16-2017 2nd generation of design tools for ocean energy devices and arrays development and deployment €7 m
LCE-17-2017 Easier to install and more efficient geothermal systems for retrofitting buildings €8 m
LCE-18-2017 Enhanced Geothermal Systems in different geological conditions €10 m
LCE-19-2016-2017   Demonstration of the most promising advanced biofuel pathways €15 m
LCE-20-2016-2017 Enabling pre-commercial production of advanced aviation biofuel €10 m


The deadline for application in the all above topics is 7 September 2017 at 17h00 (CET time).


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Who can apply?

Calls for proposals are open to any legal entity in a country eligible for Horizon 2020 funding. The list of these countries is available in the General Annexes of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. A minimum number of participants may be required depending on the topic.

How to apply?

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically, following the link from the topic page on the Participant Portal. Please follow the guidelines on proposal submission and evaluation. For all questions related to Horizon 2020, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.

How will the grants be awarded?

The submitted proposals will be evaluated by external experts drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. Applicants will receive the evaluation results at the latest five months after the submission deadline, and grant agreements will be signed with the successful applicants within eight months after the submission deadline.

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.