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Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund provides support across all Member States to innovative low-carbon technologies and processes in energy intensive sectors that have the potential of mitigating climate change through significant emission reductions. Such funded projects are envisioned to be flagship projects and close-to-market. This fund will be financed through the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and unspent funds from its predecessor, the NER 300 programme. It is estimated that around €10 Billion will be made available from 2020 to 2030.

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

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 Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs. However, FPD works closely with the relevant local competent bodies to ensure adequate consultation and coordination.

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



The first call is worth 1 Billion Euros and the target projects are ‘large-scale’. This refers to projects with a total capital expenditure above 7.5 Million Euros.

In order to be eligible for funding under this call, the applicants must be legal persons, belong to one of the following categories: private entities, public entities or international organisations, and directly responsible for the implementation and management of the project. Forming a consortium is optional.

Only actions implemented on the territory of one (or more) of the EU Member States, Norway or Iceland are eligible for funding under this all.

Please refer to the official European Commission’s Call Text  to obtain details such as the application, evaluation and selection procedures, including eligibility criteria, timetable, budget, methodologies and tools for performing mandatory calculations.

The deadline for submission of applications for the first stage is 29th October 2020 at 17:00 (CET, Brussels).

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the EU Funds Programme Manager, Ms. Maria Dimech keeping Director General, FPD, Inġ. Anthony Camilleri in copy, to obtain further guidance. Contact details are available on the left hand side of this website.

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.

On the 14th July 2020, the European Commission will be organising a WEBINAR covering the application procedure and general questions on the first call of the Innovation Fund.
The webinar  will take place from 14h00 to 16h00 CET and it will be webstreamed (no registration needed). Participants can already ask questions via Slido using the event code #IF1C


Contact Information:

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

2200 1164