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Over €200 million available for transport and energy research


Three Horizon 2020 calls for project proposals open today in the areas of Green Vehicles, Smart Cities & Communities and Blue Growth. In total, €210.5 million will be available to applicants. The deadlines to apply are 1 and 14 February 2017, depending on the call.


Funding opportunities for Green Vehicles

Nine topics with a total budget of €133 million are open for research and innovation proposals on the use of alternative fuels, hybrid and electric vehicles, improved heavy duty vehicles, and fast charging infrastructure. The deadline to apply is 1 February 2017.

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Funding opportunities for Blue Growth

One topic with a total budget of €8 million is open for research and innovation proposals paving the road for commercial application technologies that will improve current European marine observing, surveying and monitoring capabilities, as well as support business and services within the marine space. The deadline to apply is 14 February 2017.

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Further information on transport research is available on Horizon2020 website and in the recordings of the 2016 Horizon 2020 Transport Information Day that took place on 28 September 2016. Please also take a look at the Horizon 2020 Transport funding opportunities publication for 2017.


Funding opportunities for Smart Cities and Communities

A call for proposals is open for Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects. Lighthousecities should develop intelligent, user-driven and demand-oriented city solutions that could be replicated in other urban districts across Europe, with the involvement of follower cities. The total budget is €69.5 million, of which €12 to €18 million will be allocated to individual projects (indicative). 

For further details on Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities funding opportunities, please visit the event page of the info day that took place on 23 September 2016. You will find there the recording of the sessions and presentations available for download. More information can also be found in this leaflet.

More information on the call

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Who can apply?

Calls for proposals are open to any legal entity in a country eligible for Horizon 2020 funding. The list of these countries is available in the General Annexes of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. A minimum number of participants may be required for each topic.


How to apply?

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically, following the link from the topic page on the Participant Portal. Please follow the guidelines on proposal submission and evaluation. For all questions related to Horizon 2020, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.


How will the grants be awarded?

The submitted proposals are evaluated by external experts drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. Applicants will receive the evaluation results at the latest five months after the submission deadline, and grant agreements will be signed with the successful applicants within eight months after the submission deadline. 


Become an expert

External evaluators of project proposals are drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. The Commission is looking to expand the database through a call for experts covering a very broad range of fields. If you fit the expert profile rather than that of an applicant, and would like to be considered as a proposal evaluator, sign up in the Participant Portal.