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.

105M€ available for low carbon energy demonstration projects

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.

Please contact the EU Energy Focus team if you are interested in submitting a proposal for any of these topics. The team will be reviewing draft proposals for these topics throughout July and August. Please contact the team by email if you would like to book a proposal review slot.

Funded project example

The FloTEC project was allocated 9.8M€ in the 2015 Horizon 2020 Call for Proposals for low carbon energy demonstration projects. The project is coordinated by Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd and involves partners from the UK (EMEC, ABB Ltd and Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited), Ireland and Germany. The project was set up to exploit the ocean’s energy supply potential by using floating tidal stream turbines, demonstrating how the technology could; reduce cost and risk, improve reliability, while also setting out a commercial framework for its introduction to the European grid.

The project’s tidal turbine has now matched the performance of established offshore wind turbines, generating over 18MWh (megawatt-hour) within a continuous 24-hour testing period and heralding an age of more competitive tidal energy supply. More information about the project can be found here.

H2020 Energy Efficiency Call now closed

The 2017 H2020 Call for energy efficiency proposals had a deadline of 7th June 2017. The Commission received 203 proposals for this Call. The list of the number of proposals received per topic can be found here.

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

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.

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. There is a conference session on the prizes during the European Sustainable Energy Week conference in Brussels on Thursday 22nd June. The session will be broadcast online. Details 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.

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.