Call for proposals for Energy Efficiency Research & Innovation H2020-EE-2015-2-RIA Closed!


The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The “Societal challenges” responds directly to the policy priorities and societal challenges that are identified in the Europe 2020 strategy and that aim to stimulate the critical mass of research and innovation efforts needed to achieve the Union's policy goals.

The specific objective is to fully exploit the potential of Europe's talent pool and to ensure that the benefits of an innovation-led economy are both maximised and widely distributed across the Union in accordance with the principle of excellence.

Funding shall be focused on the following specific objectives:
(a) Health, demographic change and well-being.
(b) Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research. and the bioeconomy.
(c) Secure, clean and efficient energy.
(d) Smart, green and integrated transport.
(e) Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
(f) Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.
(g) Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • EE-06-2015: Demand response in blocks of buildings. Demand response enables end users to participate actively in energy markets and profit from optimal price conditions, making the grid (heat, cold, electricity) more efficient and contributing to the integration of renewable energy sources. The Energy Efficiency Directive adopted in 2012 contains provisions to encourage market actors to facilitate demand response. At the building level, increasing use of energy management technologies for both thermal and electric loads will act as an enabler for the deployment of demand response in both residential and non-residential buildings (e.g. offices). Such systems may be integrated with thermic/electric storage technologies and micro combined heat and power installations (CHP). Considering the important contribution of buildings and occupants to energy efficiency, there is therefore a need for ensuring that buildings have proper energy management systems in place to ensure consumers' engagement and demand response activations.


  • EE-11-2015: New ICT-based solutions for energy efficiency. To motivate and support citizen's behavioural change to achieve greater energy efficiency taking advantage of ICT (e.g. personalised data driven applications, gaming and social networking) while ensuring energy savings from this new ICT-enabled solutions are greater than the cost for the provision of the services.


  • EE-13-2015: Technology for district heating and cooling. District heating and cooling systems need to be more efficient, intelligent and cheaper. It is necessary to develop and deploy intelligent systems using smart metering and control solutions for optimisation and consumer empowerment and exploiting multiple energy resources, including waste heat recovery, heat pumps, thermal storage, cogeneration and renewable energy integration, and to roll-out solutions for the integration of intelligent thermal network with smart electricity grids.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 21,85 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 10 June 2015 - 6 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Energy Efficiency Research & Innovation (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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