Why the EU supports fusion research and innovation

Fusion has the potential to provide a safe, cost-efficient and sustainable solution to European and global energy needs. Fusion energy has no difficult waste issues and is climate friendly.

European fusion laboratories collaborate through a consortium called EUROfusion - the European Consortium for Development of Fusion Energy - in line with the long-term strategy set out in the European research roadmap to the realisation of fusion energy.

The EU contributes €679 million to EUROfusion through H2020 Euratom

ITER is of key importance in the roadmap, as it aims to prove the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion as a future energy source. Although ITER itself will not produce electricity, DEMO - the device that will follow - will likely model a real future fusion power plant and produce electricity, with the goal of fusion electricity in the grid by 2050.

More about fusion energy and ITER

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020 - calls

    Calls for proposal related to nuclear energy themes in Horizon 2020. On this page you can find more information, the work programme and a link to related calls.

  • Horizon 2020 - access to risk finance

    Gain easier access to debt and equity financing, such as InnovFin, managed by the European Investment Bank Group and European Investment Fund

  • Euratom

    The Euratom programme provides funding for fusion research

  • Connecting Europe Facility - energy

    CEF energy funds and finances energy infrastructure projects

  • NER 300 programme

    Funding for innovative low-carbon technology research with focus on environmentally safe Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy technologies

  • LIFE+ Climate Action

    Co-financing for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation research, supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy

  • European structural and investment funds (ESIF)

    Energy research related calls may be found in these funds

  • COSME

    EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) aims to make it easier for SMEs to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle

  • SOFT Innovation Prize

    Prize rewarding outstanding researchers or industries who find new solutions to the huge challenges of fusion energy.

  • Prize for renewable energy islands

    Prize rewarding achievements in local renewable energy production for electricity, heating, cooling and transport on islands.

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

  • Research project database (CORDIS)

    The Commission's primary portal for EU-funded research projects and their results

  • Project success stories

    Stories of particularly successful EU-funded projects

  • Horizon Magazine

    Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU.

  • Horizon 2020 dashboard

    Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more

  • Horizon Results Platform

    Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships.

  • Results packs on energy

    Thematic collections of innovative EU-funded research results in the energy field

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Latest

Contact

  • Research enquiry service

    You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

  • National contact points

    The national contact points (NCP) network gives guidance and information on participating in Horizon 2020. NCPs are established in all EU countries and many non-EU countries.

  • Enterprise Europe Network

    The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. 

  • European IP Helpdesk

    Service that offers an intellectual property rights helpline, training and online library.

Related Commission departments