Research and Innovation policy, funding opportunities and projects – quarterly update

Upcoming EU funding opportunities and Research & Innovation policy

The European Commission has announced the details of 2021-2022 Horizon Europe work programme priorities. Wind energy will benefit from at least €154m, which is double what we had in the previous years.

Aside from that, there is an extra €207m of funding available, as part of additional calls for proposals in the renewable energy technologies area. 

More information on the calls can be found on the European Commission’s funding and tenders portal.

Click here to learn more about the wind specific calls and register for our webinar to see how your organisation could benefit from these funding opportunities.

Webinar: “R&I funding under Horizon Europe: what’s in it for wind”

4 October, 10:00-12:00 CEST (Register here)

Carlos-Eduardo Lima de Cunha, Policy Officer from the European Commission, will give you a full overview of the open calls for wind energy and renewables.

Francesca Harris, Project Manager at CINEA (the Executive agency in charge of evaluating applications), will help you navigate the rules and share tips and tricks on how to successfully apply for the calls.

During the second part of the webinar you will get a chance to connect with other companies and research organisations to find a partner for your next EU-funded project!

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

22 Member States submitted their draft Recovery & Resilience Plans (RRPs) to the European Commission.

The RRF represents an unprecedented EU-level fiscal intervention (€673bn) to revive the European economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. And its objective is to make it greener, more digital, and more competitive.

Making the most of EU’s recovery and resilience facility

Wind energy projects are well placed to benefit from these funding opportunities. If you have a project that needs public funding, contact Sabina Potestio to check its eligibility or look at the technical guidance and other supporting documents here.

For rolling updates on the instruments and budget, please visit our WindEurope website

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme funds the development of high-performing and sustainable infrastructure in the fields of energy, transport and digitalisation across Member State borders.
The total budget for the programme amounts to €33.71bn, with €25.81bn going to transport, €5.84bn to energy and €2.07bn to digital projects.
In the energy sector, the programme aims to contribute to further integrating the European energy market by facilitating decarbonisation, improving the interoperability of energy networks across borders and sectors, and ensuring security of supply. Funding will also be available to cross-border projects in the field of renewable energy generation.
For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

The European Commission is in the final selection stage for large – scale projects submitted in 2020, who have applied to receive funding from the Innovation Fund (€1,100m).

The next call for large-scale projects will open on 26 October with the application deadline in March 2023. The European Commission is planning to allocate between €1,300m and €1,500m of funding and the submission requirements should be similar to those of the 2020 large-scale projects’ call.

The results will be ready to announce by summer 2023, with grants being allocated by November 2023. 

The European Commission will also provide €100m funding to 30 small-scale projects (less than €7.5m), under the 2021 call. The results are expected to be announced this summer and grants will be signed by October 2021.

The next call for small-scale projects will open in March 2022, with a budget of €100m, and the application deadline in August 2022. Grants will be awarded in Q2 of 2023.

For more information, contact Alexander Vandenberghe.

Eager to know what funding opportunities your hydrogen project could benefit from? 

The European Commission has just launched the Hydrogen Public Funding Compass, a platform which helps stakeholders find all the relevant information they need to access public funding. It has an overview of funding opportunities both at EU and Member State level. 

This platform is a tool of European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, that is developing an investment pipeline of clean hydrogen projects. In June, the European Commission announced that 996 projects were already submitted to deliver the European Hydrogen Roadmap.

It also provides background information on Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPEIs) on hydrogen.

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

News from WindEurope Projects



The Corewind project partners have developed the FowApp, a flexible and intuitive application for early project planning of floating offshore wind farms.

The application calculates the energy produced, life-cycle costs, environmental impacts and Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of floating offshore wind farms.

The application was tested earlier in March this year and its commercial deployment is expected by the end of this year.

Read more about the application here

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

About Corewind: The COREWIND project provides disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology leading to cost reduction. It is developing innovative research, modelling and optimisation for concrete-based floating substructure concepts.

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We launched new report ‘Getting Fit for 55 and set for 2050: Electrifying Europe with wind energy’. It was presented at an online event in June. You can watch all the sessions here or just take a look at the key messages:

  • Renewables-based electrification is the most cost-effective way to deliver climate neutrality by 2050. 
  • With the right investments in grids and technology Europe can electrify 75% of its energy demand directly or indirectly. 
  • And wind will provide at least 50% of all that electricity. 
  • More research & innovation will help drive down the costs of wind even further and unlock the full potential of wind-based electrification in Europe.

Watch the new ETIPWind video: ‘ETIPWind, helping European R&I power our future’! It highlights the central role of research & innovation (R&I) in the success of Europe’s wind industry. And the importance of continuing investments in R&I. 

For more information, contact Raquel Alemañ.

About ETIPWind: ETIPWind works to define and agree on concrete research and innovation (R&I) priorities and communicate these to the European institutions and other decision-making bodies in order to support the EU’s ambition of a decarbonised economy by 2050.

The RES Simplify partners have now finished mapping permitting procedures for new renewable energy installations across all the EU Member States, Norway and Iceland. The findings were verified with the wind and solar industry. They include:

  • a mapping of the permit granting steps in each country
  • barriers in the permitting and grid connection procedures
  • best permitting practices at a national level 

The project partners are working closely with the European Commission, feeding in the relevant findings along with suggestions to allow for more efficient permitting in Member States. 

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

About RES Simplify: The RES Simplify project is a project funded by the European Commission, addressing permitting of renewable energy. It is coordinated by the Consultancy Eclareon, partnering with Oeko-Institut, WindEurope and SolarPower Europe. The project aims to speed up the permitting process at a national level for new renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind.

Other news

On 5 and 6 July the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency held the first series of Horizon Europe info days focusing on Cluster 5 ‘Climate, Energy and Mobility’. It presented the new Horizon Europe research and innovation call for proposals including scope, timeline and application rules.

These projects should all contribute to accelerating the green and digital transitions needed to achieve climate neutrality in Europe by 2050. 
Recording are available on the event page

Are you part of a European or national research project and you want to promote it? Would you like to attract new partners and disseminate your results? Take a look at WindEurope’s Innovation Park! It is a pavillion designed to promote projects’ research and findings, and will be part of Electric City 2021 in Copenhagen (23-25 November 2021). The goal of the pavillion is to provide high-profile visibility to projects on the exhibition floor, giving partners access to greater publicity and networking opportunities. 

Benefits include:

  • Your own exhibition space;
  • a speaking slot on the Innovation Park stage;
  • a printed logo on your exhibition space;
  • entry in the exhibitor list;
  • social media coverage; and
  • 2 Exhibitor staff passes (lunch included).

For more information, contact Tanguy Grandjean.

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