Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Twelve near-zero emissions projects selected for Horizon 2020 funding

Creation date: December 20, 2018

The projects awarded the EU funding are expected to develop technologies for capturing, storing and conversion of CO2 and contribute to the transition to clean energy through researching its social aspects, modelling, building education and research capabilities and focusing on coal-intensive regions.

They will receive about €50 million to carry out their work plans after signing grant agreements with INEA, for which they have time until May 2019. More details about the funded projects will be announced after the grant agreements are signed. The projects are expected to be launched in spring 2019.

Altogether, 97 applications were evaluated in the call (see the table below), of which 12 were selected for the EU funding.

Topic Description Evaluated proposals Successful proposals Total awarded budget
LC-SC3-NZE-1-2018 Advanced CO2 capture technologies 15 1 €14.8 m
LC-SC3-NZE-2-2018 Conversion of captured CO2  32 3 €11.9 m
LC-SC3-NZE-3-2018 Strategic planning for CCUS development  3 1 €2.96 m
LC-SC3-CC-1-2018-2019-2020 Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition 22 3 €8.95 m
LC-SC3-CC-2-2018 Modelling in support to the transition to a Low-Carbon Energy System in Europe 9 1 €4.99 m
LC-SC3-CC-5-2018 Research, innovation and educational capacities for energy transition  8 2 €4 m
LC-SC3-CC-6-2018 Transition in coal intensive regions  8 1 €2 m


How were the projects selected for EU funding?

All projects were selected under the Competitive Low-Carbon Energy calls for proposals.

The submitted proposals were evaluated by external experts drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database.


 How will the projects be managed?

The projects will be implemented by a consortium of European partners. INEA will monitor their progress throughout the entire project life-cycle.

Overall, €12.2 billion has been earmarked for transport and energy research in Horizon 2020, the main EU's funding programme for the 2014-2020 period. €5.3 billion of this amount will be managed by INEA resulting in approximately 800 projects.


More info

Call opening announcement (May 2018)

Submission results (Sept 2018)