Call for proposals 2017 - H2020 - Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: secure, clean and efficient energy H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020 Closed!


This call includes the contribution of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge "Secure, clean and efficient energy" to the focus area "Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future" which underpins the goals of the Paris Agreement and the "Clean Energy for all European" package, including the Communication "Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation" (COM (2016) 736) and the SET-Plan priorities, with concrete R&I actions focussing on the accelerated transformation of the energy system, and other sectors, towards carbon neutrality and climate resilience. Activities also fully contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Horizon 2020 spending targets on Sustainable Development and climate action.


Achieving climate neutrality in the energy sector – while ensuring at the same time a more efficient energy use, a secure supply of energy, affordable prices and low environmental impact – is a complex endeavour which requires R&I activities on multiple fronts. Activities supported in this call should deliver:

  • on the supply side, cheaper and more performant generation technologies (e.g. renewable energy technologies) which are better integrated in various levels of the energy system;
  • a smarter, more flexible and resilient energy system (including affordable and integrated energy storage solutions), taking into account current and future climate change adverse impacts;
  • on the demand side, increased overall energy efficiency (e.g. in the EU's building stock) and provision of means to enable consumers to play a more active role in the energy transition;
  • a better understanding of the specific socio-economic contexts in which the energy transition takes place which will allow to address obstacles in a more effective way;
  • increased market-uptake of innovations, including the implementation of energy policy, the preparation for rolling-out investments, and the support for capacity-building.

This call covers the following topics:

  • CE-SC3-NZE-2-2018: Conversion of captured CO2
  • LC-SC3-CC-1-2018-2019-2020: Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition
  • LC-SC3-CC-2-2018: Modelling in support to the transition to a Low-Carbon Energy System in Europe
  • LC-SC3-CC-3-2019: Support for the opening of low-carbon energy research databases in Europe
  • LC-SC3-CC-4-2018: Support to sectorial fora
  • LC-SC3-CC-5-2018: Research, innovation and educational capacities for energy transition
  • LC-SC3-CC-6-2018: Transition in coal intensive regions
  • LC-SC3-EC-1-2018-2019-2020: The role of consumers in changing the market through informed decision and collective actions
  • LC-SC3-EC-2-2018-2019-2020: Mitigating household energy poverty
  • LC-SC3-EE-1-2018-2019-2020: Decarbonisation of the EU building stock: innovative approaches and affordable solutions changing the market for buildings renovation
  • LC-SC3-EE-10-2018-2019-2020: Mainstreaming energy efficiency finance
  • LC-SC3-EE-11-2018-2019-2020: Aggregation - Project Development Assistance
  • LC-SC3-EE-13-2018-2019-2020: Enabling next-generation of smart energy services valorising energy efficiency and flexibility at demand-side as energy resource
  • LC-SC3-EE-14-2018-2019-2020: Socio-economic research conceptualising and modelling energy efficiency and energy demand
  • LC-SC3-EE-15-2018: New energy label driving and boosting innovation in products energy efficiency
  • LC-SC3-EE-16-2018-2019-2020: Supporting public authorities to implement the Energy Union
  • LC-SC3-EE-17-2019: European City facility - European Cities as key innovation hubs to unlock finance for energy efficiency
  • LC-SC3-EE-2-2018-2019: Integrated home renovation services
  • LC-SC3-EE-3-2019-2020: Stimulating demand for sustainable energy skills in the construction sector
  • LC-SC3-EE-4-2019-2020: Upgrading smartness of existing buildings through innovations for legacy equipment
  • LC-SC3-EE-5-2018-2019-2020: Next-generation of Energy Performance Assessment and Certification
  • LC-SC3-EE-6-2018-2019-2020: Business case for industrial waste heat/cold recovery
  • LC-SC3-EE-8-2018-2019: Capacity building programmes to support implementation of energy audits
  • LC-SC3-EE-9-2018-2019: Innovative financing for energy efficiency investments
  • LC-SC3-ES-1-2019: Flexibility and retail market options for the distribution grid
  • LC-SC3-ES-2-2019: Solutions for increased regional cross-border cooperation in the transmission grid
  • LC-SC3-ES-3-2018-2020: Integrated local energy systems (Energy islands)
  • LC-SC3-ES-4-2018-2020: Decarbonising energy systems of geographical Islands
  • LC-SC3-ES-5-2018-2020: TSO – DSO – Consumer: Large-scale demonstrations of innovative grid services through demand response, storage and small-scale (RES) generation
  • LC-SC3-ES-6-2019: Research on advanced tools and technological development
  • LC-SC3-ES-7-2018: Pan-European Forum for R&I on Smart Grids, Flexibility and Local Energy Networks
  • LC-SC3-ES-8-2019: European Islands Facility - Unlock financing for energy transitions and supporting islands to develop investment concepts
  • LC-SC3-JA-1-2018: Joint programming actions to foster innovative energy solutions
  • LC-SC3-JA-2-2018: Support to the realisation of the Implementation Plans of the SET Plan
  • LC-SC3-JA-3-2019: European Pre-Commercial Procurement Programme for Wave Energy Research &Development
  • LC-SC3-JA-4-2018: Support action in preparation of a Joint Programming activity
  • LC-SC3-JA-5-2019: Joint Programming with EU and African partners for a R&I actions in the area of renewable energy
  • LC-SC3-NZE-1-2018: Advanced CO2 capture technologies
  • LC-SC3-NZE-3-2018: Strategic planning for CCUS development
  • LC-SC3-NZE-4-2019: Integrated solutions for flexible operation of fossil fuel power plants through power-to-X-to-power and/or energy storage
  • LC-SC3-NZE-5-2019-2020: Low carbon industrial production using CCUS
  • LC-SC3-RES-1-2019-2020: Developing the next generation of renewable energy technologies
  • LC-SC3-RES-11-2018: Developing solutions to reduce the cost and increase performance of renewable technologies
  • LC-SC3-RES-12-2018: Demonstrate highly performant renewable technologies for combined heat and power (CHP) generation and their integration in the EU's energy system
  • LC-SC3-RES-13-2018: Demonstrate solutions that significantly reduce the cost of renewable power generation
  • LC-SC3-RES-14-2019: Optimising manufacturing and system operation
  • LC-SC3-RES-15-2019: Increase the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry
  • LC-SC3-RES-16-2019: Development of solutions based on renewable sources that provide flexibility to the energy system
  • LC-SC3-RES-17-2019: Demonstration of solutions based on renewable sources that provide flexibility to the energy system
  • LC-SC3-RES-2-2018: Disruptive innovation in clean energy technologies
  • LC-SC3-RES-21-2018: Development of next generation biofuels and alternative renewable fuel technologies for road transport
  • LC-SC3-RES-22-2018: Demonstration of cost effective advanced biofuel pathways in retrofitted existing industrial installations
  • LC-SC3-RES-23-2019: Development of next generation biofuel and alternative renewable fuel technologies for aviation and shipping
  • LC-SC3-RES-24-2019: Boosting pre-commercial production of advanced aviation biofuels
  • LC-SC3-RES-28-2018-2019-2020: Market Uptake support
  • LC-SC3-RES-28-2018-2019-2020: Market Uptake support
  • LC-SC3-RES-4-2018: Renewable energy system integrated at the building scale
  • LC-SC3-RES-5-2018: Increased performance of technologies for local heating and cooling solutions
  • LC-SC3-RES-6-2018: Demonstrate significant cost reduction for Building Integrated PV (BIPV) solutions
  • LC-SC3-RES-7-2019: Solar Energy in Industrial Processes
  • LC-SC3-RES-8-2019: Combining Renewable Technologies for a Renewable District Heating and/or Cooling System
  • LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018-2019-2020: Smart Cities and Communities

European community funding

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

  • 1.129,95 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 31 January 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 13 February 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 05 April 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 19 April 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 23 August 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 04 September 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 06 September 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 11 September 2018 - 3 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 16 October 2018 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 11 December 2018 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 05 February 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 25 April 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 27 August 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 03 September 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2018-2020 (Work programme)

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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