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Innovation Fund


 

The Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies. It focuses on mature, highly innovative technologies and big flagship projects with European value added that can bring on significant emission reductions. Around €10 Billion will be made available from 2020 to 2030.

The target areas include innovative renewable energy generation, energy storage, carbon capture and utilisation, carbon capture and storage as well as low-carbon processes in energy intensive industries.

This fund will be financed through the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and unspent funds from its predecessor, the NER 300 programme.

 

The Fund will issue calls directed towards large-scale projects with total capital above €7.5 Million yet small-scale projects may still benefit from separate calls having simplified application and selection procedures.

Background to the Innovation Fund can be found on the European Commission’s official website.

The National Contact Point (NCP) for this EU fund is the Funds and Programmes Division (FPD) within the Parliamentary Secretariat for European Funds, Office of the Prime Minister, However, FPD works closely with the relevant local competent bodies to ensure adequate consultation and coordination.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the EU Funds Programme Manager, Ms. Maria Dimech on​ maria.dimech.1@gov.mt(+356 2200 1164) keeping Director General, FPD, Inġ. Anthony Camilleri in copy,​anthony.c.camilleri@gov.mtto obtain further guidance. 

 

In case you require any information on the previous programme, NER 300, please click here​.

 


 

CALLS:
The first call was targeted towards large-scale projects. It was launched on 7th July 2020 with the first stage closing on 29th October 2020 and the second stage will be closing on the 23rd June 2021.
For more information about the first call, please find more details under the link ‘Past Calls’.
 
The Second Call for proposals under the Innovation Fund was launched on the 1st December 2020 and will close on the 10th March 2021. The call focuses on small-scale projects in renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage, with total capital costs below EUR 7.5 million. Please find more information under the link ‘Open/ Forthcoming Calls’.

We strongly encourage relevant stakeholders and interested applicants to frequently visit this section of the website to stay updated with the latest news and information from the NCP (the Funds and Programmes Division), including notifications of information sessions organised by the European Commission.

Consultations

Knowledge-Sharing Requirements

The Commission held a knowledge-sharing event to provide further insight into the purpose of knowledge-sharing requirements under the IF and what project beneficiaries are to expect. Lessons learnt from the NER 300 programme and insight into a NER 300 funded off-shore wind turbine project were also presented and discussed.  You can find the 1.5 hour session recording and presentations in the event site.

The Commission is sharing the draft knowledge-sharing report template​ and receiving feedback by the 10th March 2021. The target audience are primarily entities that have applied or are intending to apply for funds under the Innovation Fund. Nevertheless, knowledge-sharing can also be of relevance to authorities in the field, Member States, researchers, NGOs and even the general public.

One is thus invited to listen to the video about knowledge-sharing especially the part discussing the report (starting at time 11:08) and provide any feedback to the questions found below:

What type of technical, economic, project management, environmental, regulatory and permitting information will be most useful to share with other projects from the sector in order to speed up the uptake of the innovative technologies and to advance the regulatory environment without at the same time compromising the legitimate IPRs, the competitiveness and the first-mover advantage of the companies involved in the projects?
Are there any important aspects missing in the various sections? If yes, please specify.
Is the information requested at similar level of detail in the different sector tabs? If not, what can be improved?
Do we need to simplify the KS template for the small-scale projects? If yes, how?

 The feedback can be either directly submitted to the Commission using the email address: CLIMA-IF-EXPERTGROUP@ec.europa.eu by 10th  March 2021 whilst keeping the National Contact Point (maria.dimech.1@gov.mt) in copy or forwarded directly to the NCP who can then gather and submit the feedback accordingly.

 

 

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Contact Information:

 Contact Name
Funds and Programmes Division
Triq il-Kukkanja
Santa Venera, SVR 1411

 Telephone
2200 1164

 Email