Call for proposals for Energy Efficiency - PPP EeB and SPIRE topics H2020-EE-2015-1-PPP 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-02-2015: Buildings design for new highly energy performing buildings. By the end of 2020 (2018 for buildings occupied and owned by public authorities), all new buildings should comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive obligations and thus meet 'nearly zero-energy' performance levels using innovative, cost-optimal technologies with integration of renewable energy sources on site or nearby. Moreover the construction of 'plus-energy' buildings - i.e. buildings producing more energy than they consume - should also be encouraged in order to reduce energy use whilst increasing the share of renewable energies. However the costs of these highly energy performing buildings still represent a barrier for investors. Therefore the construction industry needs to deliver more affordable solutions.


  • EE-18-2015: New technologies for utilization of heat recovery in large industrial systems, considering the whole energy cycle from heat production to transformation, delivery and end use. Heat recovery represents an important and unexplored opportunity for reducing energy use in industrial processes and in heating and cooling. Surplus heat is produced in large quantities in many industrial processes but remains largely unutilised due to various technological, market and regulatory barriers. The huge potential for utilising industrial surplus heat should be evaluated not only in the context of increased industrial efficiency, when this heat is recovered for further use in internal processes and for the space heating or cooling and warm water requirements of specific plants, but also in the context of decarbonisation and resource efficiency of the energy supply and the potential of significantly reducing primary energy consumption. Many of the potential solutions for recovering wasted energy can be replicated across several industrial sectors (e.g. food exothermic fermentations and heat dissipative technologies) or can be made adaptable to the specificities of the various industrial sectors. However, to exploit this potential, it is critical to increase the economic competitiveness of waste heat recovery and develop ready-made practical solutions allowing its mainstreaming into normal operation practices of industrial plants. To minimize the economic costs of heat recovery, and prepare its integration into plant processes and organisation, technologies, new equipment and adaptable integration solutions should be developed and tested in real-world conditions, through research and development of prototypes and industrial procedures. Equally considered in this call are heat recovery solutions that involve the upgrading of waste heat streams to process heat streams at higher temperature levels and heat recovery solutions that involve the conversion of waste heat streams to electric of mechanical energy.

European community funding

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

  • 17,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 09 December 2014 - 6 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Energy Efficiency - PPP EeB and SPIRE topics (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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