Call for proposals for Energy Efficiency - PPP EeB and SPIRE topics H2020-EE-2014-1-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-01-2014: Manufacturing of prefabricated modules for renovation of building. Prefabricated components are more and more commonly used in the construction sector. Compared to traditional construction processes, prefabrication aims at reducing costs without compromising quality and facilitating installation/dismantling/re-use of components. It also facilitates the re-use of residue materials from the civil and industrial sectors. Building components could, when relevant, be prefabricated in factories to gain on construction time and to improve on-site health and safety. Accelerating the time for installation is particularly suitable for renovation while being occupied. Prefabrication should be adaptable to individual renovation solutions as well as for mass manufacturing in adequate projects and be adjusted and linked to computer design tools. Further research is needed to improve understanding of material and component behaviour in the whole life cycle and, consequently, to be able to produce better performing products, taking into account important aspects such as the overall thermal performance and airtightness. Innovative technologies for energy efficiency (e.g. HVAC components) and renewable energy sources (e.g. photovoltaics, solar collector) can also be integrated in the prefabricated multi-functional modules and components. The elements are to be developed, prototyped, optimised and transferred from individual manufacturing to mass production.
  • EE-03-2014: Energy strategies and solutions for deep renovation of historic buildings. Around a quarter of the existing building stock in Europe was built prior to the middle of the last century. Many such buildings,often valued for their cultural, architectural and historic significance not only reflect the unique character and identity of European cities but include essential infrastructure for housing, public buildings etc. A significant number of these historic buildings continue to use conventional inefficient fossil-fuel based energy systems typically associated with high energy costs and with greater than average CO2 emissions and cost of refurbishment. The need to save costs increasingly leads to tighter rationing or shutdown of heating or cooling systems, further worsening conditions for conservation of the buildings, for artworks or collections as well as for living conditions.
  • EE-18-2014: 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:

  • 21,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 20 March 2014 - 7 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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