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Sajtócikk1 december 2020Innovációs és Hálózati Projektek Végrehajtó Ügynökség

Commission invests €100 million in innovative clean technology projects

The first call for small-scale projects under the Innovation Fund is launched 1 December 2020.

First Call Small-scale projects

Building up on the success of the first call for large-scale projects, today the European Commission is launching the Innovation Fund call for small-scale projects.

This call is targeting projects with a capital expenditure between €2.5 and 7.5 million, and it will provide grant funding of €100 million for innovative clean technologies that will contribute to Europe’s green recovery.

With this call, the Commission aims to support clean technologies and help businesses investing in clean energy and clean industry to boost economic growth, create local jobs and give a competitive advantage to the European industry.

The call is open for projects in eligible sectors (renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, including products substituting carbon-intensive ones, energy storage and carbon capture and storage) from all EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. The funds can be used in cooperation with other public funding initiatives, such as State aid or other EU funding programmes.

Projects will be evaluated according to their potential to avoid greenhouse gas emission, innovation potential, financial and technical maturity, and potential for scaling up and cost efficiency.

Next steps

Projects can apply via the EU Funding and Tenders portal where more details on the overall procedure are available, submission will be available soon, in the meantime applicants may check the documents: the call text and application forms.

The deadline for submission of applications is 10 March 2021, 17:00 CET.

Applicants will be informed about the results of the evaluation in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Background

The Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU’s Emissions Trading System.

The Innovation Fund aims to create the right financial incentives for companies and public authorities to invest now in the next generation of low-carbon technologies and give EU companies a first-mover advantage to become global technology leaders.

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