Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Nearly €937 million requested in Horizon 2020 energy funding

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

Creation date: August 30, 2019

INEA has received 185 project proposals by the deadline of 27 August for seven topics focused on renewable energy solutions and on enabling near-zero emissions from fossil fuel power plants and carbon intensive industries.

They have requested nearly €937million, while the available EU funding is €114 million.

The projects will now be assessed in a single-stage evaluation process that will start on 16 September. The final results of the selection will be known by the 27th of January 2020 at the latest.

Topic Description Proposals submitted Budget requested Indicative budget available
LC-SC3-NZE-4-2019 Integrated solutions for flexible operation of fossil fuel power plants through power-to-X and/or energy storage 9 € 83,2 million € 20 million


Low carbon industrial producing using CCUS

15 € 151,3 million € 33 million
LC-SC3-CC-1-2018-2019-2020 Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition 18 € 50,8 million € 10 million
LC-SC3-RES-7-2019 Solar energy in industrial processes 25 € 118,4 million € 10 million


Development of solutions based on renewable sources that provide flexibility to the energy system 67 € 329,9 million € 15 million
LC-SC3-RES-23-2019 Development of next generation biofuel and altenative renewable fuel technologies for aviation and shipping 28 € 132,5 million € 20 million
LC-SC3-RES-29-2019-2020 Converting sunlight to storable chemical energy 23 €70,6 million €6 million

The selection of projects will be done by external independent experts. These evaluators are drawn from the European Commission's database.

The Commission is looking to expand this database through a call for experts covering a very broad range of fields. If you fit the profile and would like to be considered for evaluations, please sign up in the Funding and Tender opportunities portal.

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