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Support to R&I strategy for smart grid and storage
Deadline: Apr 5, 2016  

 Energy Efficiency
 Horizon Europe

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The new structure of the SET-Plan[[Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Towards an Integrated Roadmap: Research & Innovation Challenges and Needs of the EU Energy System]] identifies the following Integrated Challenges: Active consumer at the centre of the energy system, Demand focus – increasing energy efficiency across the energy system, System optimisation, Secure, cost-effective, clean and competitive supply as well as some Cross-Cutting aspects. A novel approach to R&I strategy in the field smart grid and storage is needed to address these integrated energy challenges.


Proposals must put forward a convincing framework to tackle all the following issues:

  • Support to the coordination of stakeholder views on R&I strategy using existing structures such as the Smart Grid Technology Platform, the EEGI, EERA, etc., taking into account the structure of Set-Plan the possible coming evolutions of the Set-Plan and Integrated Roadmap governance. Provision should be made to organise 2 plenary meetings per year.
  • Analysis of the on-going research, demonstration and innovation projects in the EU and countries associated to H2020 and where possible/relevant at Member States (e.g. thanks to link with national technology platforms) and regional levels;
  • Support for the development of a R&I roadmap based on the analysis of ongoing projects and taking into account relevant processes for the consolidation of stakeholders views;
  • Organisation of 2 workshops per year in Brussels to enhance collaboration between projects and to establish synergies on policy related aspects (e.g., business models, regulatory framework, financing framework, etc.) of the Horizon 2020 funded projects in the field of smart grid and storage;
  • Propose and organise workshops and processes for enhanced cross border knowledge sharing and system optimisation.

The support framework will be capable of hosting a representative set of stakeholders covering the following aspects: generation, transmission, distribution, smart metering, consumers and the following sectors: industry, research centres and academia. Direct (as a beneficiary) or indirect (e.g. under the form of a letter of intent) commitments of stakeholders in the proposal constitute an added value.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of around EUR 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Only one proposal will be selected.

The recommended duration of this activity is 48 months.

Expected Impact:

Proposals will demonstrate contributing to enhance the efficiency of R&I policy making at EU level. In particular, proposers will demonstrate how and why they are best paced to support the stakeholder's community; their experience in supporting the development of R&I roadmaps, their capacity to organise stakeholders/EU funded projects events while creating output for policy making.

Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders is excluded from the delegation to INEA and will be implemented by the Commission services.

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