Innovation Fund Large Scale Projects - Mid-sized pilots

European Comission

03 November 2022
16 March 2023
For profit
Not for profit (incl. NGOs)
Public sector
R&D and Higher Education
Research, Development and Innovation Engineering and Technology
Research, Development and Innovation Natural Sciences

Objective :

The objective of this topic is to support highly innovative, disruptive or breakthrough technologies in deep decarbonisation needed for achieving the climate neutrality goal and strengthening synergies with the Horizon Europe programme.

Scope :

The following activities can be funded under this topic:

Construction and operation of pilot projects that focus on validating, testing and optimising highly innovative, deep decarbonisation solutions in sectors eligible for Innovation Fund support. Pilot projects can thus concern: industrial sectors listed in Annex I to the EU ETS Directive 2003/87, including environmentally safe carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) that contributes substantially to mitigating climate change, as well as products substituting carbon-intensive ones produced in sectors listed in Annex I to the EU ETS Directive or construction and operation of innovative energy or CO2 storage solutions or construction and operation renewable energy installations (in photovoltaics, concentrated solar power, onshore and offshore wind power, ocean energy, geothermal, solar thermal, and others), including innovative systems aspects such as connection to the electricity/heat grid.

The maximum amount of Innovation Fund grant for an individual project under this topic is limited to EUR 40 million.

In this topic, a higher degree of innovation is expected than in the other topics. Consequently, the activities that can be funded are those that tackle technical risks linked to the innovative technologies and solutions, e.g. optimising process and operational parameters of the innovation, and/or improving the characteristics of the final products produced. Pilot projects should prove an innovative, deep decarbonisation or net carbon removal technology or solution in an operational environment, but are not expected yet to reach large scale demonstration or commercial production. Nevertheless, the project can entail limited production/operation for testing purposes, including delivery to/from potential customers for validation. Typically, these projects would have a limited life-time (3 to 5 years). If the project is successful, the proposed technology should move to the next stage of a large-scale demonstration or first-of-a-kind commercial production.

Deep decarbonisation technology means technology that has the potential to be fully compatible with a 2050 climate neutrality objective. The pilot installation itself should have a very low level of residual emissions or result in net carbon removals. See more details in the minimum requirements under the GHG emission avoidance criterion.

  1. Eligible countries : as described in the call document .

EU Member States, Norway or Iceland (see section 6 of the call document )

  1. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: as described in the call document .

Described in section 5 and 6 of the call document

Proposal page limits and layout:

See instructions in section 5 of the call document and in Application Form Part B

(downloadable from SEP Submission system under "Part B templates").

  1. Evaluation

Evaluation criteria, scoring, threshold and process are described in the call document .

Described in sections 8 and 9 of the call document

  1. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement: .

Described in section 4 of the call document

  1. Documents and proposal templates:

Call document:

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20 April 2023