Five calls for transport and energy research proposals open today in the fields of mobility for growth, competitive low carbon energy and smart cities and communities. Applicants have a few months to submit their project proposals for a total funding of more than €550 million.

Two calls are open in the field of mobility for growth:

H2020-MG-2015_TwoStages with a total available budget of €144.5 million is designed for research proposals on resource efficiency of aviation, safe and connected automation in road transport, life-cycle cost and performance optimisation for waterborne assets, strengthening the knowledge and capacities of local authorities, innovative solutions for cleaner and better urban transport and mobility, common communication and navigation platforms for pan-European logistics applications and smart governance, as well as network resilience and streamlined delivery of infrastructure innovation. Deadline for the first stage of applications is 23 April 2015 and for the second stage 15 October 2015.

H2020-MG-2015_SingleStage-A makes €21 million available for international cooperation in aeronautics with China, Japan and Canada, as well as for research on transport societal drivers and transnational cooperation in European transport research and innovation. The call deadline is 23 April 2015.

Two calls in the field of competitive low carbon energy are now open for submissions:

H2020-LCE-2015-2 sets €93 million for the demonstration of renewable electricity, heating/cooling technologies and advanced biofuel technologies, as well as for analysing the energy systems. Part of the funding is earmarked for supporting the coordination of national R&D activities in the field of energy.

H2020-LCE-2015-3 with almost €190 million funding is open for research proposals on the market uptake of existing and emerging renewable electricity and sustainable bioenergy, heating and cooling technologies, innovation and technologies for the deployment of meshed off-shore grids, transmission grid and wholesale market and large scale energy storage. Funding is also available for joint demonstration and validation of innovative energy solutions, as well as for the deployment of a common framework for measuring the energy and environmental efficiency of the ICT sector.

The deadline of both calls is set for 5 May 2015.

The third call related to energy research is open for submissions in the field of smart cities and communities:

H2020-SCC-2015 with a total budget of over €107 million is designed for large scale demonstration proposals on solutions integrating energy, transport, and ICT sectors, as well as for development of system standards for smart cities and communities. The call deadline is on 5 May 2015.

What are the requirements for participation?

The requirements for submitting a research proposal are detailed in the relevant call documents published on each call page. Please consult the General Annexes of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2014-15 for general rules on funding, such as the list of countries that can apply for funding, standard eligibility criteria, submission rules, types of projects and their funding rates and other useful information. The list of associated countries can be found on the Participant Portal.

How to apply?

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically, following the link from the call page on the Participant Portal. A full guide for proposal submission and evaluation is also available on the call page.

How will the grants be awarded?

Evaluation of the transport research proposals is expected to start in May-June 2015. The results of H2020-MG-2015_SingleStage-A will most likely be announced by the end of September 2015, and the successful applicants of H2020-MG-2015_TwoStages will be invited to submit their proposals for the second stage soon after the evaluations.

Evaluation of the energy research proposals is expected to start in June-July 2015, with the results announced by the beginning of October 2015.

External evaluators of project proposals are drawn from the European Commission’s independent expert database. The Commission is looking to expand the database through a call for experts covering a very broad range of fields. If you fit the expert profile rather than that of an applicant, and would like to be considered as a proposal evaluator, sign up in the Participant Portal.


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