CCU for the production of fuels

Grant Name
CCU for the production of fuels
Funder
Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
European Commission
Research Field
RePowerEU
Fuel Production & Distribution
Carbon capture and sequestration
Societal Engagement
Social sciences and humanities
Deadline
2025-01-21
Grant Size
€15000000
Eligibility

General conditions


1. Admissibility conditions: described in Annex A and Annex E of the Horizon Europe Work Programme General Annexes


Proposal page limits and layout: described in Part B of the Application Form available in the Submission System


2. Eligible countries: described in Annex B of the Work Programme General Annexes


A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon Europe projects. See the information in the Horizon Europe Programme Guide.


3. Other eligibility conditions: described in Annex B of the Work Programme General Annexes


If projects use satellite-based earth observation, positioning, navigation and/or related timing data and services, beneficiaries must make use of Copernicus and/or Galileo/EGNOS (other data and services may additionally be used).


4. Financial and operational capacity and exclusion: described in Annex C of the Work Programme General Annexes


5. Evaluation and award:


  • Award criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex D of the Work Programme General Annexes



  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in Annex F of the Work Programme General Annexes and the Online Manual



  • Indicative timeline for evaluation and grant agreement: described in Annex F of the Work Programme General Annexes



6. Legal and financial set-up of the grants: described in Annex G of the Work Programme General Annexes


Eligible costs will take the form of a lump sum as defined in the Decision of 7 July 2021 authorising the use of lump sum contributions under the Horizon Europe Programme – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027) – and in actions under the Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (2021-2025). [[This decision is available on the Funding and Tenders Portal, in the reference documents section for Horizon Europe, under ‘Simplified costs decisions’ or through this link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/docs/2021-2027/horizon/guidance/ls-decision_he_en.pdf]].


Specific conditions


7. Specific conditions: described in the [specific topic of the Work Programme]





Documents


Call documents:


Standard application form — call-specific application form is available in the Submission System


Standard application form (HE RIA, IA)


Template excel for the detailed budget costs breakdown (Lump Sum)


Presentation - Lump Sum Funding: What do I need to know?


Decision authorising Lump Sum under Horizon Europe


Standard evaluation form — will be used with the necessary adaptations


Standard evaluation form (HE RIA, IA)


MGA


Lump Sum MGA v1.0


Call-specific instructions


Detailed budget table (HE LS)



Guidance: "Lump sums - what do I need to know?"


Additional documents:


HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 1. General Introduction


HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 8. Climate, Energy and Mobility


HE Main Work Programme 2023–2024 – 13. General Annexes


HE Programme Guide


HE Framework Programme and Rules for Participation Regulation 2021/695


HE Specific Programme Decision 2021/764


EU Financial Regulation


Rules for Legal Entity Validation, LEAR Appointment and Financial Capacity Assessment


EU Grants AGA — Annotated Model Grant Agreement


Funding & Tenders Portal Online Manual


Funding & Tenders Portal Terms and Conditions


Funding & Tenders Portal Privacy Statement

Grant Number
HORIZON-CL5-2024-D3-02-11
Description
ExpectedOutcome:

Conversion of captured CO2 is not only a means to replace fossil fuels, but also a promising solution for seasonal energy storage. There are still some scientific and technological challenges to overcome to be able to exploit CO2 as a fuel feedstock, the main challenge being that the utilisation of CO2 is limited by the highly energy intensive conversion process.

New solutions for the conversion of captured CO2 from different sources to fuels will create new markets for innovative industrial sectors and diversify the economic base in carbon-intensive regions, as well as contribute to achieving a Circular Economy. The project should evaluate the possibility for industrial CO2 use/reuse through the combination of processes (industrial symbiosis) and the efficient integration of CO2 capture and conversion to combine and/or reduce stages.


Scope:

Proposals will aim at the development of energy-efficient and economically and environmentally viable CO2 conversion technologies, including energy storage and/or displacement of fossil fuels that allow for upscaling in the short to medium term. Proposals have to define ambitious but achievable targets for energy requirements of the conversion process (including catalytic conversion), production costs and product yields that will be used to monitor project implementation. Proposals have to include the potential for the proposed CCU solution(s) as CO2 mitigation option through conducting an LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) in line with guidelines developed by the Commission, such as the Innovation Fund GHG methodology and the relevant ISO standards and the EU Taxonomy Regulation.

Technology development has to be balanced by an assessment of the societal readiness towards the proposed innovations. Relevant end users and societal stakeholders (such as civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, and local associations) will be identified in the proposal, and involved in deliberative activities, so as understand and address their concerns and needs. This will be analysed during the project using appropriate techniques and methods from the social sciences and humanities, in order to create awareness, gain feedback on societal impact and advancing society’s readiness for the proposed solutions. Projects, therefore, could consider the inclusion of relevant SSH expertise in order to enhance the societal impact of the related research activities. Projects should also explore the socio-economic and political barriers to acceptability and awareness with a view to regulatory or policy initiatives and include aspects of circularity and best use of resources.

Proposals are expected to bring technologies that have reached at least TRL 4-5 to TRL 6-7 (please see part G of the General Annexes).

Plan for the exploitation and dissemination of results for proposals submitted under this topic should include a strong business case and sound exploitation strategy, as outlined in the introduction to this Destination. The exploitation plans should include preliminary plans for scalability, commercialisation, and deployment (feasibility study, business plan, financial model) indicating the possible funding sources to be potentially used (in particular the Innovation Fund).

Projects are strongly encouraged to join the EU CCUS knowledge sharing project network.

Projects should collaborate if appropriate with the Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking on aspects that require integration of hydrogen and are expected to contribute and participate to the activities of the TRUST database and the hydrogen observatory.

This topic is complementary to the call CL4- Destination 1 Energy Intensive Industries on CCU.


Specific Topic Conditions:

Activities are expected to achieve TRL 6-7 by the end of the project – see General Annex B.

Funding resources

Purdue Grant Writing Lab: Introduction to Grant Writing Open Link
University of Wisconsin Writing Center: Planning and Writing a Grant Proposal Open Link

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2025-01-21

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