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TOPIC : Strengthening public acceptance and awareness of FCH-technologies by educating pupils at schools

Topic identifier: FCH-04-4-2018
Publication date: 16 January 2018

Types of action: FCH2-CSA Coordination & support action
Opening date:
16 January 2018
Deadline: 24 April 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-JTI-FCH-2018
Work Programme Part: H2020-JTI-FCH-2018
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Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Public awareness and social acceptance regarding FCH technologies have an essential role on the market uptake of FCH applications, as they foster the commercial demand and strengthen the integration and deployment of available and future FCH technologies in both public and private sectors.
FCH technologies have positive impact on increasing the use of renewable resources and renewable energy and on the reduction of CO2 emissions. Moreover, FCH technologies are the ideal link to couple different sectors of the energy mix such as the electricity grid, gas grid, etc. strengthening the entire energy sector. The benefits of implementing hydrogen as energy carrier and fuel cells into the energy system must be known and communicated to the society.
Nevertheless, the majority of FCH technologies are not well known by the public and they are not mentioned in books and lectures. Overcoming this gap is a major European challenge. To address this, a “bottom up approach” starting at pupils (primary and secondary schools) appears to be one of the most promising approaches to transfer the essential knowledge to the public. On one hand, this ensures the education of the highly qualified workforce needed by the FCH industry in the coming years, and on the other hand, increases the public awareness about the role of FCH technologies to achieve the energy transition.
Previous FCH JU activities on education and training have targeted specific groups i.e. undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals (HYPROFESSIONALS, TRAINHY-PROF, HyFacts, Knowhy, HyResponse). Targeting primary and secondary schools and their teachers will ensure that FCH technologies are presented within the energy context among other technologies generally known (PV, wind, batteries…) at a very early stage of education. This will benefit beyond the school gates, e.g. friends, parents and relatives and this will bring opportunities to initiate interest to pupils to be informed and well educated on the functioning and possibilities of FCH technologies before they chose their carrier choices.


The project is expected to provide a set of educational materials (documents, presentations, fact sheets, practical exercises, etc.) adapted to the respective level of pupils to follow up successfully the “bottom up approach” of communication and dissemination of knowledge about FCH technologies.
The project is expected to build communication channels down to schools, teachers and education and public authorities in order to ensure the alignment of the education materials on national levels and level of education (primary and secondary). The project should connect with local, regional and national organisations to identify and engage schools in a programme of workshops or educational activities and should identify key local stakeholders to be part of the educational programme delivery. Appropriate channels may include national, regional and city hydrogen FCH associations and partnerships, existing education networks, etc.
As an essential part to the success of the project, a specific project website should be developed as a “connecting point” to exchange educational materials and to assist communication generally (e.g. by guidelines and instructions). The project website should also make more visible the FCH industry and its activities as well as research and development, providing further information on the technology.
To motivate pupils, an open contest should be organised to increase participation to the educational program, e.g. by offering an award to schools or classes in each respective country for the best “new idea on FCH application to contribute to fight the climate change”. The project should put in place a jury and the criteria to award the prices.
The project is expected to address the following activities:

  • Development of educational materials (e.g. slides, practical exercises) on respective level of education (primary and secondary schools) concentrating on explanation of technology, its functioning and application and its role in the global energy context;
  • Translation of developed educational materials to at least 10 different European languages (e.g. assisted by international colleagues or FCH associations);
  • The development of a programme of workshops or educational activities in the targeted countries.
  • Development of a specific project website as “connecting point” to exchange educational materials and providing further explanations, instructions, guidelines etc.;
  • Announcing an annual award to the best “…..” (theme and scope open) in each country and level of education to motivate the willingness of teachers and pupils on learning about FCH technologies; including an award ceremony.
  • Establish an educational programme delivery model that is sustainable in time and linked to industry priorities.

The FCH 2 JU considers that proposals requesting a contribution of EUR 0.5 million per project would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
A maximum of 1 project may be funded under this topic.
Expected duration: 2 years.

Expected Impact:
  • To raise public awareness and acceptance across Europe on FCH technologies and its significant contribution to achieve the European energy targets, including a set of indicators to quantify the awareness raised by the project activities in the targeted countries at local (e.g. city), regional and national level;
  • To increase awareness and interest of FCH technologies amongst school pupils and their teachers on the potential of FCH technologies to achieve the European energy targets and to offer qualified job opportunities with the integration of the developed educational materials into general lectures on energy, including a set of indicators to quantify the awareness raised by the project activities in the targeted countries;
  • An accessible European web-based platform as “connecting point” to exchange educational materials and providing further explanations, instructions, guidelines, etc;
  • An educational programme delivery model that is sustainable in time and linked to industry priorities.

Type of action: Coordination and Support Action
The conditions related to this topic are provided in the chapter 3.3 and in the General Annexes to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018– 2020 which apply mutatis mutandis.

Topic conditions and documents

1.   Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the H2020 main Work Programme.

      A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.


2.   Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the H2020 main Work Programme.

 The following exception applies (see 'chapter 3.3. Call management rules' from the FCH2 JU 2018 Work Plan and specific topic description):

- "For all Innovation Actions, an additional eligibility criterion has been introduced to limit the FCH 2 JU requested contribution"

     Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission tool below.


3.   Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the H2020 main Work Programme.
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

4.   Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreement:
      Information on the outcome of evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
      Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.


5.   Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

FCH JU Research and Innovation Action (FCH-RIA)

Specific rules and funding rates
Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
Standard evaluation form
FCH JU MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

FCH JU Innovation Action (FCH-IA)

Specific rules and funding rates
Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
Standard evaluation form
FCH JU MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

FCH JU Coordination and Support Action (FCH-CSA)

Specific rules and funding rates
Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
Standard evaluation form
FCH JU MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement


6.   Additional requirements:

      Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
      Classified information
      Technology readiness levels (TRL)
      Financial support to Third Parties

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

7.   Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the H2020 main Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

8.   Additional documents

FCH JU Work Plan
FCH2 JU Multi Annual Work Plan 
FCH2 JU – Regulation of establishment
H2020 Regulation of Establishment
H2020 Rules for Participation
H2020 Specific Programme

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