Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

€94.5 million available to applicants in three topics of Horizon 2020 Low-Carbon Energy call

Creation date: July 29, 2016

Three topics of the Competitive Low-Carbon Energy call for project proposals with a total available budget of €94.5 million opened today for a two-stage submission :

  • LCE-06-2016: New knowledge and technologies (total available budget: €20 million)
  • LCE-07-2016-2017: Developing the next generation technologies of renewable electricity and heating/cooling (total available budget: €64.5 million)
  • LCE-31-2016-2017: Social Sciences and Humanities Support for the Energy Union (total available budget: €10 million)

The deadline is 29 November 2016 at 17:00 (CET).

Please note that there might be further EU funding opportunities in energy research announced on the Participant Portal.


What are the requirements for participation?

The requirements for submitting a research proposal are detailed in the relevant call documents published on each call page. Please also consult the General Annexes of the H2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017 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. The list of associated countries can be found on the Participant Portal.


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.


IMPORTANT: Please note that proposals in these topics will be assessed in a two-stage submission process. The applicants must submit a ‘short outline proposal’ for the first stage (deadline: 29 November 2016). Those applicants whose proposals pass the first-stage evaluation will be invited to submit ‘full proposal’ for the second stage (deadline: 22 August 2017). The full proposal must be consistent with the short outline proposal and may not differ substantially.


How will the grants be awarded?

The submitted proposals are evaluated by external experts drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. Applicants will receive the evaluation results of their 'short outline proposal' at the latest four months after the deadline for submission of first stage proposals. The successful applicants will be then invited to submit their full proposals, of which evaluation results will be sent at the latest five months after the second stage submission deadline. Grant agreements will be signed with the successful applicants within eight months after the submission deadline of the second stage.


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.