Innovation Fund

For whom?

(collaborating) organisations

For what?

CO2-reducing innovations

Budget second call

 100 million

Applications second call

From December 1, 2020, until March 10, 2021

Large-scale (demonstration) projects of CO2-reducing / low-carbon technologies are eligible for support by the Innovation Fund. Both individual organisations as well as consortia can submit an application.

Are you working on a sustainable, CO2-reducing innovation and does your project have a CAPEX of less than € 7,5 million? The second call opens on December 1, 2020, until March 10, 2021.

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Applying for the Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund is available to individual organisation and (multinational) consortia that focus on projects in the field of:

  • Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)
  • Low-carbon technologies /processes in energy intensive industries
  • Renewable energy generation
  • Energy storage

Your project:

  • Shows effectiveness of GHG emissions avoidance
  • Shows a high degree of innovation
  • Is considered mature enough
  • Is assessed on scalability (market potential in 2050)
  • Is assessed on cost efficiency (based on calculations of capital and operational expenditures and requested grant in relation to promised GHG emissions avoidance).

Projects that have submitted a full application are eligible for the grant. Projects that meet the first two criteria (abate GHG emissions and show a high degree of innovation) but are not considered mature enough may receive project development assistance (PDA). Furthermore, applications can be submitted by a single entity as well as multi-national consortia.

First Innovation Fund call | Closed

The first call is closed for applications. The deadline was on October 29, 2020. This first Innovation Fund call had a budget of € 1 billion. The fund is available for projects with an investment size of up to € 7.5 million.

Disbursement of the fund

  • Through the Innovation Fund, up to 60% of the additional capital and operational costs of a project will be supported
  • Disbursement of the grant may be flexible based on jointly set milestones
  • Up to 40% of the total grant can be given upfront during the project preparations based on pre-defined milestones.

In case the project does not meet its project deliverables INEA reserves the right to withdraw the grant funding.

Second Innovation Fund call

The second call launched December 1, 2020, and has a total budget of € 100 million. The call is open to small-scale project proposals with a CAPEX of less than € 7,5 million. Although the fields of interest as well as the criteria remain unchanged, the methodology of calculating the CO2-emissions will be simplified and up to 60% of the CAPEX/operational costs of a project will be supported.

This call will exist of only one round, which means that an application has to be complete and strong at the first try. Our specialists would be pleased to support you in drafting a strong application! Project proposals can be submitted until March 10, 2021.

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Source: European Commission

About the Innovation Fund

The Fund’s purpose is to support the EC’s vision of a climate neutral Europe by 2050 by bringing the most successful and innovative technologies to the market. With a potential budget of over € 1 billion, the Fund offers financial support in abating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making the world cleaner and more sustainable.

Core value: Emission avoidance within projects

The emissions avoidance calculations will likely be compared to reference scenarios either based on the benchmarks within the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) or from similar projects. Projects must ensure that they deliver at least 75% of the emissions avoidance calculated in order to receive the full grant amount.

Budget of the Innovation Fund

Revenues for the fund will be provided via the European Union’s (EU) emissions Trading System (EU ETS) by auctioning of 450 million allowances from 2020 to 2030, as well as any unspent funds from the NER300 programme. The total budget for the Fund may exceed € 10 billion over ten years; however, this depending on the carbon price. The ideal situation would see an increase in the carbon price to ensure a higher yield for the Fund.

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Source: EC Europe 2020

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