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TOPIC : Network of Li-ion cell pilot lines

Topic identifier: LC-BAT-7-2019
Publication date: 27 October 2017
Focus area: Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future (LC)

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Planned opening date:
24 January 2019
Deadline: 25 April 2019 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Work Programme Part: Cross-cutting activities
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Awareness of the need for a competitive European knowledge base in Li-ion cell technology and manufacturing processes has led to the establishment of a multitude of non-industrial pilot lines all around the EU, recently. Many of these activities are focussed on highly specific systems or processes, and can each alone hardly keep up with the immense advancements of battery cell production, particularly in Asia. In order to maximize the benefits of the related investments, mutual exchange of data, expertise, and access rights between these pilot lines would be desirable. Therefore, a network of Li-ion pilot lines shall be built, which should include industrial stakeholders, thus establishing the competencies, value chains, and unique selling propositions of the arising European innovation and production ecosystem for li-ion cell technologies. It will be of particular relevance to jointly develop strategies for scaling up the impact of the network and to support the market access of European cell production companies in view of international competition and standardization. Availability of industrial scale or pilot scale production lines can be challenging within Europe. Li-ion battery is an emerging technology established on know-how of the specific companies. There will be difficulties to having a common approach on pilot production facilities due to information security reasons.


Proposals should address all the following issues:

  • Determine the competence profiles of EU Li-ion battery cell pilot lines regarding technologies, production scale, testing & validation, expertise and specialisation;
  • Analyse skill and equipment gaps the pilot lines are suffering from in view of arising technology paradigms and worldwide competition;
  • Outline a standardized data exchange platform to further the Li-ion cell production know-how in Europe;
  • Develop models for the shared access to the pilot lines and for the collaboration of academia and industry including the access of observers as well as for solutions regarding IPR-management ensuring the ownership of IP within the collaboration;
  • Develop a common type of contract for ensuring information security of the pilot lines beneficiaries;
  • Identify opportunities for the network to exchange results and to work on energy- and resource efficient production processes;
  • Following establishment of the above points, a round-robin of parameter measurements in European Li-ion cell pilot lines who allow external access to compare qualification method and match results and to analyse sensitivity of cell properties to production effects;
  • Organize joint workshops and conferences within the network and create platforms for mutual learning and focussed training;
  • Develop a roadmap of joint strategies for the network to scale up pilot processes from small batch testing towards processes of industrial dimension. This shall outline recommendations and harmonize actions regarding funding, accelerated technology transfer, IPR, roles and responsibilities as well as for business models;
  • Carry out dissemination actions to build the network incorporating public and private stakeholders along the value chain and conceptualize formats to increase visibility of the network.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 1 to 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.


Expected Impact:

The established network of Li-ion cell pilot lines should lead to:

  • Further the production of Li-ion cells towards industrial scale in Europe
  • Better utilize synergies of mutual collaboration of pilot lines
  • Increase the basis of trained Li-ion battery cell experts in Europe
  • Ensure fair competition, open source and access within the network and stakeholders
  • Establish a Unique selling proposition (USP) for efficiency in Li-ion cell production
  • Create visibility of the network
  • Accelerate the advancement of innovation in the field.
Topic conditions and documents

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


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


3. Evaluation:

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

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation (single-stage call): 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):

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement


6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply

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 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:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
20. Cross-cutting activities.
18. Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation WP 2018-20

General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


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