3rd call for large-scale projects
The Innovation Fund’s 3rd call for large-scale projects aimed to further support the EU’s independence from Russian fossil fuels, as set out in the REPowerEU plan.
|Opening of the 3rd large-scale call||3 November 2022|
|Deadline to submit applications||16 March 2023 – 17:00 CET|
|Publication of call results||13 July 2023|
|Grants award and Project Development Assistance||Q4 2023|
We received 239 applications. We selected 41 projects for grant agreement preparation, covering a wide range of sectors to decarbonise Europe's industry and energy. The total grants amount to more than €3.6 billion and support projects aiming to bring innovative technologies to the market in energy-intensive industries, hydrogen, renewable energy, and manufacturing components for energy storage and renewables.
With a budget of €3 billion thanks to revenues from the auctioning of EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) allowances, this call covered 4 topics, 3 of which were part of REPowerEU:
- Innovative electrification in industry and hydrogen - budget: €1 billion
- Clean tech manufacturing (supporting manufacturing of components and final equipment such as electrolysers and fuel cells, innovative renewable equipment, energy storage or heat pumps) - budget: €700 million
- Mid-sized pilots (projects for validating, testing and optimising highly innovative solutions) - budget: €300 million
- General decarbonisation (available to all projects eligible for the Innovation Fund except for those which fall under dedicated REPowerEU topics) - budget: €1 billion.
Prior to the call, we consulted stakeholders on the scoping of the topics. We also conducted a survey to gauge the industry’s interest in and readiness to apply for funding for clean-tech manufacturing and mid-sized pilots via the Innovation Fund. See the outcome of the consultations and survey.
2nd call for large-scale projects
With a budget of €1.5 billion, the 2nd call for large-scale projects aimed to finance breakthrough technologies for renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage.
|Opening of the 2nd large-scale call||26 October 2021|
|Deadline to submit applications||3 March 2022|
|Publication of call results||11 July 2022|
|Grants award and Project Development Assistance||Q4 2022|
We received 139 applications. They were evaluated by external evaluators against the award criteria: potential for greenhouse gases (GHG) emission avoidance, degree of innovation, project maturity, scalability, and cost efficiency.
We selected 17 projects for grant agreement preparation, covering a wide range of relevant sectors to decarbonise different parts of Europe's industry and energy sectors.
The total grants amounted to more than €1.8 billion and provided support to projects aiming to bring breakthrough technologies to the market in energy-intensive industries, hydrogen, renewable energy, carbon capture and storage infrastructure, and manufacturing of key components for energy storage and renewables.
Two projects did not successfully complete the grant agreement process, which allowed us to invite a project from the reserve list. Eventually, 16 projects were awarded grants, which they signed on 19 January 2023.
1st call for large-scale projects
The 1st call for large-scale projects had a budget of €1 billion for breakthrough technologies in renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage.
|Opening of the 1st large-scale call||3 July 2020|
|Deadline to submit applications for the 1st stage||29 October 2020|
|Publication of 1st stage results and invitation for the 2nd stage||March 2021|
|Deadline to submit applications for the 2nd stage||23 June 2021|
|1st PDA award decision||27 July 2021|
|Publication of 2nd stage results||16 November 2021|
|Grants award||March 2022|
Proposals fulfilling the admissibility and eligibility conditions were assessed against the 1st stage award criteria by independent external evaluators. The best-ranked 70 applicants were invited to submit full project proposals for the 2nd stage of the call. We then received 66 applications which were evaluated by external evaluators against the 5 Innovation Fund award criteria: potential for GHG emission avoidance, degree of innovation, project maturity, scalability and cost efficiency.
7 projects were selected for funding. They cover a wide range of relevant sectors to decarbonise different parts of Europe's industry and energy sectors, such as chemicals, steel, cement, refineries, and power and heat.
Rejected proposals which met some minimum requirements and had the strongest potential to improve their maturity were offered PDA provided by the EIB. 15 large-scale projects were selected to receive PDA for the 1st call (see PDA award decision and annex). The support, provided as a tailor-made technical assistance by the EIB, aimed to advance the projects’ financial, technical or operational maturity, with a view to potentially re-applying for future Innovation Fund calls.
Find out more
For more information about awarded projects, have a look at our Innovation Fund projects factsheets.
More information is also available on our executive agency website, European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA).