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Education and other projects

Education, research, and development activities

ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus initiative

On 14 September, the 2017 ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus initiative published the 3rd Joint Call for Transnational RDD Projects on Smart Grids. European RDD consortia were invited to submit project proposals by 14 November 2017.

More details can be found in the text of the Call and the 3rd Call Notice.

Submission of project proposals

Project proposals have to be submitted in the central ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus Electronic Submission System ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus by 14 November 2017, at 14:00 hours (CET).

The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund requires the applicants from Croatia submitting project proposals to comply with the Fund’s regulations in the case of submission of the additional documentation. This documentation will not be submitted using the central ERA-Ne Smart Grids Plus

Electronic Submission System, and instead it will be submitted directly to the Fund.

The interested applicants from Croatia submitting project proposals have to contact the Fund by telephone or e-mail in the consultation period, meaning until the deadline for the submission for project proposals, in order to obtain the instructions about the method of submitting the additional documentation.

Aim of the Call

The overall goal of ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus is to support deep knowledge sharing between European smart grids initiatives by promoting and financing joint projects.

Who can apply

The following eligibility criteria will apply for project proposals:

  • The project must be transnational by nature, involving at least two independent entities and at least two different countries of the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus partners.
  • The project team must submit a full project proposal, adhering to both the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus initiative’s and the involved national/regional funding agencies’ requirements.

Please note that individual funding agencies defined further specifications and eligibility criteria according to national/regional regulations. The complete set of national/regional requirements is published in the in the Call text document (Annex A).

Compulsory advisory period

During the advisory period (14 September – 14 November 2017), the Applicants are obliged to contact the Fund. In the communication process, the Fund can give feedback to the Applicants regarding the scope, eligibility, and desirability of the project proposal. This will give the Applicants the opportunity to review project proposals and collect all the necessary information about the requirements of the Fund in relation to applying the project proposal. This especially refers to the list of the mandatory documentation comprising the application for registration at national level, and the description of its submission to the Fund.

Solely the project proposals which apply to the Fund for the national funding will have the right to submit the complete project proposal.

Main eligibility criteria of the Fund

Eligible applicants

-         Companies (public and private)

-         Research organisations

Eligible costs

All project related costs (e.g. personnel, travel costs, equipment, consumables, subcontracting, overhead costs)

Type of research funded  

Basic and applied research, experimental development,


Require separate national



Funding available

€ 300 000

Further specifications

The award of funding shall be carried out pursuant to the

regulations of the Fund.

All eligible applicants can get the co-financing in the amount of up

to the maximum of 40% of the total eligible project costs.

Entrepreneurs are subject to the provisions of the Programme for

granting de minimis aid in the field of environmental protection,

energy efficiency, and use of renewable energy sources.

The list of documentation required for national application and

description of the submission procedure will be available to

the interested applicants during the advisory period exclusively at

their request directed to the contact person by telephone 

or e-mail.

Time schedule

14 September 2017: Call launch

3 – 5 October 2017: Call Launch Event (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

5 October 2017:Matchmaking Event (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

14 September – 14 November 2017: Compulsory advisory period

14 November 2017 (14:00 CET): Project proposal deadline

1 July – 1 December 2018: Expected project start 

3rd Joint Call webinars

Here you can register for webinars presenting the 3rd Joint Call for Transnational RDD Projects on Smart Grids.

Participating finding partners



Funding (€)

Contact person


Telephone No.


EPEEF – Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund

300 000

Maja Rajčić


+385 1 5391 914


ENDK - Energinet.dk

500 000

Wickie Bekker Lassen


+45 3092 3058


Fz-juelich -  Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH

2 000 000

Paul Kunzemann


+49 2461 61 96998


RCN – Research Council of Norway (Forskingsrådet)

1 200 000

Erland Eggen


+47 91 51 45 29


NCBR – National Centre for Research and Development

500 000

Jolanta Drozdz


+48 22 39 07 106


UEFISCDI - Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding

500 000

Marius Mitroi


+40 21 302 38 59


SWEA-STEM – Swedish Energy Agency

1 000 000

Fredrik Lundström


+46 165 44 2112


TÜBITAK – The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey

2 500 000

Önder Zor


+90 312 468 5300 4553

 [1] The Fund has to be contacted for details about the eligibility of costs