The EU Energy Focus service is a free UK Government-funded service, that aims to ensure that UK organisations are well informed and have every chance of success in applying for and securing European funding for energy-related projects. It provides support for a range of European funding opportunities with a focus on Horizon 2020, but also covering opportunities such as the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. The service includes confidential, one-to-one discussion of proposal ideas, webinars on upcoming and current Calls for Proposals, consortium building support and review of draft proposals.
A flow chart showing the Horizon 2020 application process can be downloaded from here.
Recognising the importance of science and innovation to society, productivity and economic competitiveness, the government has now provided reassurance to UK participants of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme with a commitment to safeguard funding for research and innovation projects.
The Treasury has confirmed that it will underwrite funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects applied for before the UK leaves the European Union. As a result, British organisations have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for Horizon 2020 calls while the UK remains a member of the EU. The Treasury will underwrite the payment of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.
Two Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals were launched on 20th September, they will fund research in biofuels, decarbonisation and smart grids. There is also funding for smart grids demonstration projects and for market uptake projects for PV, heat pumps, CSP, wind energy, geothermal energy and sustainable fuels. €75M is available for biofuel and decarbonisation research, the deadline for proposals is 5th January 2017. €115M is available for smart grids projects, the deadline is 14th February 2017. An overview of the Calls can be found in our Call summary.
The EU Energy Focus team coordinates stakeholder groups for bioenergy, solar, wind, CCS, smart cities, smart grids, ocean and a group on energy efficiency is in the process of being set-up. Stakeholder group membership is an opportunity to help influence future Work Programme content; receive the latest news on Work Programme development; and build your networks and knowledge to take advantage of these funding opportunities. Please contact the EU Energy Focus team if you would like more information or would like to join any of these groups.