Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship Initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget (to be confirmed), the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.
Horizon 2020 will tackle 7 Societal Challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market. One of those Challenges will be ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’ which is likely to address the following domains:
- 1 – Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint by smart and sustainable use
- 2 – Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply
- 3 – Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources
- 4 – A single, smart European electricity grid
- 5 – New knowledge and technologies
- 6 – Robust decision-making and public engagement
- 7 – Market uptake of energy innovation.
About energy in FP7
7th Framework Programme
The 7thFramework Programme is the European Union's main instrument for funding research and technology development and is open to a wide range of organisations and individual researchers from the EU and third countries.
The FP7 with a total budget of over 50 billion Euro is structured in 4 Specific Programmes:
This specific programme supports all types of research activities carried out by different research bodies in trans-national cooperation
The objective of Ideas is to reinforce excellence and creativity in European research and improve the attractiveness of Europe for the best researchers from both European and third countries for 'frontier research' executed by individual teams.
This programme is particularly successful in responding to the needs of Europe's scientific community in terms of training, mobility and career development.
The aim of Capacities is to optimise the use and development of research infrastructures, strengthen innovative capacities of SMEs and their ability to benefit from research, and to support the development of regional research-driven clusters.
The budget distribution (Euro million) in the specific programmes:
ENERGY Theme of the Cooperation Programme
It has a total budget of EUR 2.35 billion (for 2007 – 2013) and is jointly managed and implemented by the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and the Directorate General for Energy; exception is research on fuel cells and hydrogen which is implemented by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
The Energy theme funds research activities in the following areas:
- Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
- Renewable energies for electricity, fuel production and heating and cooling
- Geothermal energy
- Concentrated Solar Power
- CO2 capture and storage technologies for zero emission power generation
- Clean Coal Technologies
- Smart energy networks
- Energy efficiency and savings
- Knowledge for policy making
- Horizontal Programme Activities (Future Emerging Technologies, Materials for energy applications)