Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Nearly half a billion euro available for transport and energy research

Creation date: September 20, 2016

Three Horizon 2020 calls for project proposals open today in the areas of Mobility for Growth, Automated Road Transport and Competitive Low Carbon Energy. In total, €455.5 million will be available to applicants. The earliest deadline to apply is 5 January 2017; others follow in late January and February.

Funding opportunities for Competitive Low-Carbon Energy

Applicants can submit their project proposals under nine topics in the area of renewable energy sources, smart grids and storage and decarbonisation of fossil fuels. Six topics have the deadline on 5 January 2017 and three topics will close for applications on 14 February 2017. The total call budget is €189.3 million.

Funding opportunities for Mobility for Growth

17 topics with a total budget of €216.2 million are open for research and innovation proposals in the fields of aviation, waterborne transport, road safety, green urban mobility, transport logistics and infrastructure, as well as research supporting policy making.

Funding opportunities for Automated Road Transport

Project proposals on automated driving systems for passenger cars, trucks and urban transport, as well as the underlying digital infrastructure, can be submitted under three topics with a total budget of €50 million.

More details on the calls for proposals are available on the Mobility for Growth, Automated Road Transport and Competitive Low Carbon Energy pages and on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal.

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 for each 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 are 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 for single stage topics, and grant agreements will be signed with the successful applicants within eight months after the submission deadline. For the first stage of two-stage topics, successful applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal at the latest three months after the 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.