Europe - (energy) research funding possibilities

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.


Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)

The Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) supports research projects in coal and steel sectors. These projects cover: production processes; application, utilisation and conversion of resources; safety at work; environmental protection and reducing CO2 emissions from coal use and steel production.


Interreg Central Europe Programme

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme supports regional cooperation among central European countries: Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as parts of Germany and Italy. The overall objective of the programme is “to cooperate beyond borders to make central European cities and regions better places to live and work” by implementing smart solutions answering to regional challenges in the fields of innovation, low-carbon economy, environment, culture and transport. The total programme budget for projects will be around 231 million Euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)

An unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system.


COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

One of the longest-running European instruments supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe. COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. COST contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide.


International Visegrad Fund

The International Visegrad Fund is an international organization based in Bratislava, founded by the governments of the countries of the Visegrad Group (V4)—the Czech Republic, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic—on June 9, 2000. The purpose of the Fund is to promote development of closer cooperation among V4 countries (and other countries) through the support of common cultural, scientific and educational projects, youth exchanges, cross-border projects and tourism promotion. The budget of the Fund (€6 million as of 2010) consists of equal contributions from the governments of V4 countries. The Fund runs the following programs: three grant programs (Small/Standard/Strategic Grants), three scholarship schemes, artist residencies and a curriculum-building program for universities. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), municipalities and local and regional governments, schools and universities, but also private companies and individual citizens from the Visegrad Group countries (and also from other countries) are the main recipients of the Fund's support.

Initiatives for the development of new energy technologies

The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)

The initiative of ten leading European Research Institutes. The key objective of the EERA is to accelerate the development of new energy technologies by conceiving and implementing Joint Research Programmes in support of the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) plan by pooling and integrating activities and resources, combining national and Community sources of funding and maximising complementarities and synergies. The EERA aims to strengthen, expand and optimise EU energy research capabilities through the sharing of world-class national facilities in Europe and the joint realisation of pan-EU programmes. The primary focus of the EERA will be on the strategic and targeted development of next generations of energy technologies drawing on results from fundamental research and maturing technologies to the point where it can be embedded in industry driven research.



ManagEnergy is an initiative of the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, which aims to support the work of actors working on energy efficiency and renewable energies at the local and regional level. The main tools are training, workshops and online events. Additionally information is provided on case studies, good practice, European legislation and programmes.
This website includes a partner search system with some 4000 organisations, including 380 energy agencies, which can provide valuable expertise and partnerships on energy activities at local and regional levels. You are most welcome to register for the ManagEnergy Initiative including the monthly newsletter.
ManagEnergy also offers free internet broadcast facilities including more than 1000 individual video presentations, speeches and interviews on topical energy matters.
The KidsCorner section provides educational resources for children (under 11), young adults (12-16) and their teachers in 27 languages.


SETIS - The Information System of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) 

The website contains data and methodologies supporting decision-making on the SET Plan. They relate to energy technologies identified as key to moving towards a low-carbon future in Europe. SETIS's purpose is to efficiently collect, harmonise, validate, analyse and disseminate information on the priority energy technologies identified by the SET Plan, across the EU. The goal is to provide undisputed and transparent data and methodologies to support the strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of the European Energy Technology policy. SETIS is managed by the European Commission, with its Joint Research Centre (JRC) at the heart, assuring the neutrality and objectivity of the data. JRC works in close collaboration with other Commission services and EU Member States as well as with European stakeholders such as the European Technology platforms, industrial stakeholders, trade associations, the European Research Alliance, European Industrial initiatives and international organisations.


CSLF - Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) is a Ministerial-level international climate change initiative that is focused on the development of improved cost-effective technologies for the separation and capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) for its transport and long-term safe storage. The mission of the CSLF is to facilitate the development and deployment of such technologies via collaborative efforts that address key technical, economic, and environmental obstacles. The CSLF will also promote awareness and champion legal, regulatory, financial, and institutional environments conducive to such technologies.


IEA Bioenergy

IEA Bioenergy is an organisation set up in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment. Twentyone countries plus the European Commission participate in IEA Bioenergy.


IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency

IRENA was officially established in Bonn on 26 January 2009. As of today, 137 states and the European Union signed the Statute of the Agency; amongst them are 46 African, 36 European, 32 Asian, 14 American and 9 Australia/Oceania States. Poland is one of the funding members of the organization. IRENA aspires to become the main driving force for promoting a rapid transition towards the widespread and sustainable use of renewable energy on a global scale. Acting as the global voice for renewable energies, IRENA envisages providing practical advice and support for both industrialised and developing countries, thereby helping to improve frameworks and build capacity. Moreover, the Agency intends to facilitate access to all relevant information, including reliable data on the potentials for renewable energy, best practices, effective financial mechanisms, and state-of-the-art technological expertise. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is the IRENA’s interim headquarters. Bonn will host IRENA’s centre of innovation and technology and Vienna will become the Agency’s liaison office for cooperation with other organisations active in the field of renewable energy. Moreover, the French candidate, Ms. Hélène Pelosse, was appointed to become the Interim Director-General of IRENA.

Europe - Technology Platforms in the Area of Energy Technologies

European Biofuels Technology Platform


SmartGrids European Technology Platform for Electricity Networks of the Future


European Wind Energy Technology Platform  (TPWind)


Photovoltaic Technology Platform


Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform


European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP)