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 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 put in place arrangements for considering those structural fund projects that might be 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. Further details will be provided as soon as possible.
Drafting of the Horizon 2020 Energy Work Programme for 2018-20 has now started. The Commission will be consulting with Member States representatives on the 2018-2020 funding priorities in the coming months. The UK Technology Stakeholder Groups (details on page 4) 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.
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 April and 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 are taking place on 22nd March. Details can be found at here.
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.
Further Calls for Proposals will be launched in 2017, details in the 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.
2017 Call for Proposals open
The 2017 Call was launched on 17th January 2017 and has a deadline of 20th April 2017. The Call budget is €116M. Further details of the Call can be found here. Please contact the EU Energy Focus team if you are interested in submitting a proposal to this Call.
European Information Day and Brokerage event for 2017 Call for Proposals – 2nd February 2017
An Information Day was held in Brussels on 2nd February 2017. The slides from and a recording of the event can be accessed here.
FCH JU Financial Workshop, 30th March 2017, Brussels and online
The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is holding a workshop to provide further insight on H2020 rules on eligibility of costs. The workshop is aimed at coordinators and partners involved in FCH JU projects, with or without a background in earlier EU programmes. It will cover the most important H2020 rules on eligibility of costs, while also identifying specific areas with the highest risk of error. The FCH JU Financial Workshop is designed to be interactive. It will be webstreamed on the day and interested parties can therefore also follow it remotely. Questions can be sent in in advance to [email protected] Frequently asked questions received from the coordinators and partners on H2020 rules will be covered on the day of the workshop. Registrations is open until 25th March. More information can be found here.
Call results and funded project example
A full list of projects funded by the FCH JU can be found here.
UK involvement headlines for the 2015 Call are:
Through the FCH JU funded project HyFIVE, ITM Power and Shell have opened their first public hydrogen refuelling station in partnership. The station is located at Cobham services on the M25, the UK’s busiest refuelling station. The station is ITM Power’s fourth public hydrogen refuelling station in the UK and it is the first of three hydrogen stations Shell plans to open in the UK. The hydrogen is generated on-site using an electrolyser which requires only water and electricity to generate the hydrogen gas. More information can be found here.
On 27th February, the Commission adopted revised Horizon 2020 model grant agreements, providing, among other changes, clarifications, corrections and new rules in favour of beneficiaries that can be applied retroactively (without amendment) to grants signed with the previous version. The new versions are available here. A short document with an overview of the main changes can be accessed here.
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.
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.