Horizon 2020 Update

Update on UK eligibility for EU Horizon 2020 funding following the referendum decision

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.

We have been working with the Energy National Contact Points from the other European countries that participate in Horizon 2020 to ensure the above message is being disseminated to relevant organisations so that UK organisations’ continued eligibility for funding is widely known to allow consortia to be maintained and built. Please let us know if you do come across European organisations that are not aware of the Treasury announcement.

The position regarding structural funds is as follows - all structural and investment fund projects signed before the Autumn Statement on 23rd November 2016 will be fully funded, even when these projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. The Treasury is working with departments, Local Enterprise Partnerships and other relevant stakeholders to implement arrangements for those structural fund projects that are signed after the Autumn Statement but while the UK remains a member of the EU. These projects will need to address UK priorities and satisfy value for money criteria. More information can be found here.

Horizon 2020 Work Programme drafting

Drafting of the Horizon 2020 Energy Work Programme for 2018-20 is ongoing. The Commission is consulting with Member States representatives on the 2018-2020 funding priorities. The UK Technology Stakeholder Groups (details on page 3) are currently being consulted on the draft 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 documentation. Please contact the EU Energy Focus team if you would like to contribute your views and help influence the Work Programme content to include UK strengths and interests.

Further 2017 Horizon 2020 Energy Call Opens

The final 2017 Horizon 2020 Energy Call for Proposal opened on 11th May 2017 with a total budget of €105M. The Commission will fund demonstration projects in PV, concentrated solar power, solar heat, offshore wind, ocean energy, geothermal energy and biofuels. The deadline for submitting proposals is 7th September 2017. A list of the Call topics can be found in the Call summary.

Support available for H2020 June 2017 deadlines

The next 2017 H2020 Call, in the area of energy efficiency, has a deadline of 7th June 2017.

The EU Energy Focus team will be reviewing draft proposals for these topics throughout May. Please contact the team by email if you would like to book a proposal review slot.

Webinars, presented by the Commission project advisors, on topics EE19, 22, 23 and 24 took place on 22nd March. Recordings of the webinars can be found here.

UK proposal development workshop for Energy Efficiency topics, London, 9th March 2017

The EU Energy Focus team in conjunction with the Enterprise Europe Network and Knowledge Transfer Network delivered a proposal development workshop covering many of the topics listed in the table above. The presentations from the event can be downloaded here. Profiles for organisations interested in leading or participating in proposals were displayed at the event and can now be viewed on the event page.

The priorities and deadlines for all of the 2017 Energy Calls can be viewed in our Call summary.

Support for UK organisations: We provide a free and confidential service to UK organisations on European funding for energy projects. We can help to facilitate UK involvement in these major European collaborative projects. We are available to discuss proposal ideas and review proposals.

Energy efficiency and urban mobility: €30M for project development assistance

On 2nd May 2017 the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a new delegation agreement reinforcing the ELENA (European Local Energy Assistance) facility. ELENA provides grant funding to support the preparation of large-scale investment programmes in the area of energy efficiency, distributed renewables, and sustainable urban transport. The new agreement concerns a budget of €30M, of which €20M will support the preparation of energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy projects, and €10M will be dedicated to sustainable urban transport and mobility projects. Established in 2009, the ELENA facility has awarded around €100M of EU support triggering an estimated investment of around €4B on the ground. More information on the funding available can be found here.

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Call for Proposals

2017 Call for Proposals now closed

The 2017 Call for Proposals closed on 20th April 2017. Results are expected to be communicated to coordinators by 20th September 2017.

Horizon Prizes for energy innovation

The European Commission has launched three Horizon 2020 energy prizes, which will encourage innovations and finding solutions in the areas of great importance to European citizens, culture and health, and by this contribute to one of the key challenges of Energy Union, which is to put citizens at its core. These prizes will reward innovative approaches to integrating solar energy into historical buildings, using renewable energy in hospitals, and developing products that help cut emissions by reusing CO2. The total value of the prizes is €3.25M. More information can be found here.

UK Stakeholder Groups

Now is a good time for you to consider joining one of our sector stakeholder groups. These continue to play an important role in helping to shape UK input to discussions on future European energy technology development spending priorities. But in parallel, in the light of the EU referendum result, they will increasingly now focus on providing input to the UK’s new, wider international energy innovation engagement priorities that are currently being developed and other possible activities related to international collaboration.

The UK Stakeholder Groups meet via conference call approximately four times per year. There are UK 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 offers an opportunity to help influence policy at EU and UK levels; and to build your networks and knowledge to take advantage of the resulting opportunities.

It’s important to have representative groups made up of industry, academia and the public sector to help ensure feedback matches as closely as possible to UK priorities, strengths and interests. This should give UK organisations the best possible chance of success in securing EU funding and activity, along with wider international business opportunities against increasingly tough competition. The groups are currently being consulted on the draft 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 funding priorities.

We are interested in hearing from organisations, particularly trade associations or industry, about joining the stakeholder groups. Please contact the EU Energy Focus team if you would like more information or would like to explore joining.