Funding opportunities

Mission Innovation (MI) works to promote collaboration among its members by fostering international partnerships. Below are some funding opportunities related to clean energy innovation that are sponsored by MI members and are open to other MI members.

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Horizon Prize: CO2 reuse
The prize will reward innovative products utilising CO2 that could significantly reduce atmospheric emissions of CO2 when deployed on a commercial scale. Moreover, the prize aims to mobilise and enhance private R&I investment, attract non-traditional players, create new partnerships and incentivise researchers and innovators to enhance efforts to abate emissions of anthropogenic CO2 in the atmosphere.
Amount: €1.5 million
Eligibility: Open to all
Application deadline: 3 April, 2019
Sponsoring MI member: European Commission


Horizon Prize: Low-carbon hospital
The prize will reward a hospital that has an innovative and perfectly integrated Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installation within its premises. This installation has to use at least three different European renewable energy technologies, include energy storage component(s) and be able to provide 100% of the hospital’s annual needs for energy consumption.
Amount: €1 million
Eligibility: Open to all entities that own or operate a hospital, in whose premises the application will be installed.
Application deadline: 3 April, 2019
Sponsoring MI member: European Commission


Global Cooling Prize
To incentivize development of a residential cooling solution that will have at least five times less climate impact than today’s standard RAC units. This technology could prevent up to 100 gigatons (GT) of CO2-equivalent emissions by 2050, and put the world on a pathway to mitigate up to 0.5˚C of global warming by 2100, all while enhancing living standards for people in developing countries around the globe.
Amount: USD 200,000 for 10 finalists, USD 1 million for final winner
Eligibility: Open to all
Preliminary application deadline: June 2019
Technical application deadline: August 2019
Sponsoring MI member: India


Horizon Prize: Cleanest engine of the future
To stimulate the development of next generation engine and powertrain technologies using conventional fuels. This should reduce emissions of pollutants in real driving conditions to the lowest level possible in order to improve air quality issues in European cities, while at the same time delivering better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions under the same realistic test conditions.
Amount: €3.5 million
Eligibility: Open to all
Application deadline: August 20, 2019
Sponsoring MI member: European Commission


Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis
The challenge is to build a fully functional, bench-scale prototype of an artificial photosynthesis based system which can produce a useable synthetic fuel. The device to be built needs to integrate the whole process from light capture to fuel production and be capable of powering a small engine.
Amount: €5 million
Eligibility: Open to all
Application deadline: 3 February 2021
Sponsoring MI member: European Commission

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