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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Support to MI-IC8 (Hydrogen): Platform for Exchanges Between Worldwide Initiatives on Hydrogen Valleys
Tender to set up a global Information Sharing Platform within MI-IC8, to facilitate the emergence and implementation of large-scale hydrogen projects and leveraging the knowledge where IPR issues are less sensitive.
Application deadline: 16 August 2019
Sponsoring MI member: European Commission


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: 20 August 2019
Sponsoring MI member: European Commission


Low carbon industrial production using CCUS (LC-SC3-NZE-5-2019-2020)
To integrate CO2 capture in industrial installations, whilst addressing the full carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) chain.
Application deadline: 1 September 2020
Eligibility: As set out in Annex A and Annex C of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme.
Budget: €15M
Sponsoring MI member: European Commission


Integrated local energy systems (Energy islands): International cooperation with India (LC-SC3-ES-12-2020)
To develop and demonstrate solutions which analyse and combine, in a well delimited system, all the energy vectors that are present and interconnect them, where appropriate, to optimise their joint operation that is demonstrated by an increased share of renewables in and higher energy efficiency of the local energy system.
Application deadline: 29 January 2020
Eligibility: In addition to the parameters set out in Annex A and Annex C of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, proposals must include at least three participants established in India.
Budget: €9M
Sponsoring MI members: European Commission


Developing the next generation of renewable energy technologies (LC-SC3-RES-1-2019-202)
To address any renewable energy technology currently in the early phases of research. Activities also might include energy materials, catalysts, enzymes, microorganisms, models, tools and equipment, as long as those are strictly connected to the energy conversion process.
Application deadline: 21 April 2020
Eligibility: As set out in Annex A and Annex C of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme.
Budget: €45M
Sponsoring MI member: European Commission


Combined clean biofuel production and phytoremediation solutions from contaminated lands worldwide (LC-SC3-RES-37-2020)
Dedicated biofuel production at large scale depends on sustainable land availability that does not compete with other uses. Phytoremediation is a holistic approach that best de-contaminates lands from a vast variety of pollutants. The challenge is to bridge the gap between phytoremediation strategies and clean biofuel production in a sustainable and optimum manner that will overcome the indirect land use change issue for biofuels and restore lands for agricultural uses.
Application deadline: 21 April 2020
Eligibility: As set out in Annex A and Annex C of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme.
Budget: €6M
Sponsoring MI member: European Commission


International Cooperation with USA and/or China on alternative renewable fuels from sunlight for energy, transport and chemical storage (LC-SC3-RES-3-2020)
To develop breakthrough artificial photosynthesis technologies in terms of sunlight conversion efficiency for the production of energy carriers (other than electricity) with either de-novo synthetic biological and artificial/biochemical hybrid systems or novel photo-catalysis or photo-electro catalysis coupled with CO2 reduction.
Eligibility: In addition to the parameters set out in Annex A and Annex C of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, proposals must include at least one participant established in the United States or China.
Application deadline: 1 September 2020
Budget: €10M
Sponsoring MI member: European Commission


International cooperation with Japan for Research and Innovation on advanced biofuels and alternative renewable fuels (LC-SC3-RES-25-2020)
To develop disruptive catalytic technologies, by developing novel catalysts and linked lab-scale components/systems with significantly improved performance for conversion efficiency and specific marginal cost reduction for obtaining low-cost bioenergy carriers, non-food/feed based advanced biofuels and alternative renewable fuels (excluding hydrogen) and maximizing GHG abatement.
Application deadline: 1 September 2020
Eligibility: In addition to the parameters set out in Annex A and Annex C of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, proposals must include at least one legal entity established in Japan.
Amount: €5M
Sponsoring MI member: European Commission


International cooperation with Canada on advanced biofuels and bioenergy (LC-SC3-RES-36-2020)
To foster the deployment of advanced biofuels and bioenergy while substantially decreasing the costs of the feedstock supply or the conversion process.
Eligibility: In addition to the parameters set out in Annex A and Annex C of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, proposals must include at least one legal entity established in Canada.
Application deadline: 1 September 2020
Budget: €5M
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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