Innovation funding details
Research Fund for Coal and Steel - Coal RTD
Financial assistance is available for coal research and technical development, including improving the competitive position of coal, safety in mines, improvements in the use of coal with regard to the environment and research relating to long term energy supply using coal-based technologies, together with coal RTD accompanying measures.
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Each year the programme makes around €55 million available to universities, research centres and private companies to fund projects.
Support, which is based on cost-sharing RTD grant agreements, has to conform to the State Aid Rules. It also varies according to the nature or type of proposal or action.
With these provisos, the maximum total financial contribution, expressed as a percentage of the eligible costs is as follows:
- For research projects up to 60%.
- For pilot and demonstration projects up to 50%.
- For accompanying measures, support and preparatory actions up to 60% or 100% in exceptional cases.
The main objectives of the programme are to increase the competitiveness of the European Coal and Steel industry and to contribute to their sustainable development. The programme consists of two main RTD actions research, pilot and demonstration projects and accompanying measures related to the promotion of the use of the knowledge gained under this programme.
Priorities under the programme are as follows:
Research, Pilot and Demonstration proposals must relate to:
- The production, preparation, conversion or utilisation of coal. The proposals should demonstrate the ability to solve the specific scientific or technical problems to be addressed as well as demonstrate the economic and/or scientific technological impact of the expected results.
Research projects are intended to cover investigative or experimental work with the aim of acquiring further knowledge to facilitate the creation of new products, production processes and services.
Pilot projects address the construction, operation and development of an installation or a significant part of an installation on an appropriate scale. These installations should have a sufficient scale for use. They should allow the investigation of potential for putting theoretical or laboratory results either into practice or to increase the reliability of the technical and economic data needed to progress to the demonstration stage, and in certain cases to the industrial and/or commercial stage.
Demonstration projects aim at constructing and/or operating an industrial-scale installation or a significant part of an industrial-scale installation. Such projects aim to bring together all the technical and economic data in order to proceed with the industrial and/or commercial exploitation of the technology at minimum risk.
Accompanying measures are designed to complement and/or co-ordinate research activities related to this programme. Different types of measures are supported. This includes the dissemination of research results, the promotion of the use of knowledge gained and the support of training and mobility of researchers. They should not involve significant scientific or technical work and should clearly acknowledge EU-support. Due to the limited funding available for accompanying measures, only those proposals being of high priority to either the Coal or Steel sector will be selected.
In order to increase the impact of the programme, the European Commission will encourage and promote co-ordination, complementarity and synergy between the different research programmes and support the exchange of information between projects financed under this programme and those financed under the Research Framework Programme.
Research and technological development are a major instrument for supporting Community energy objectives with regard to the supply, competitive and environment-friendly conversion and utilisation of Community coal. The growing international dimension of the coal market and the global scale of the problems confronting it means that the European Union has to take a leading role in meeting challenges related to modern techniques, safety in mines and protection of the environment on the world scene, providing the transfer of know-how that is required for further technological progress, improved working conditions (health and safety) and environmental protection.
Deadlines for the receipt of all types of proposals by the Commission: 17 September 2013.
Any undertaking, public body, research organisation or higher or secondary education establishment, or other legal entity, including natural persons, established within the territory of a Member State may participate in the Research Programme and apply for financial assistance, provided that they intend to carry out an RTD activity or can substantially contribute to such an activity.
Any undertaking, public body, research organisation or higher or secondary education establishment, or other legal entity, including natural persons, in candidate countries is entitled to participate without receiving any financial contribution under the Research Programme, unless otherwise provided under the relevant European Agreements and their additional Protocols, and in the decisions of the various Association Councils.
Similarly, organisations or persons from third countries may also participate on the basis of individual projects without receiving any financial contribution under the Research Programme, provided that such participation is in the Community's interest.
Costs associated with research, pilot and demonstration projects.
The Community will contribute financially to different actions such as research, pilot and demonstration (RTD) projects, accompanying measures and support and preparatory actions.
Research projects - A research project will be intended to cover investigative or experimental work with the aim of acquiring further knowledge to facilitate the attainment of specific practical objectives such as the creation or development of products, production processes or services.
Pilot projects - A pilot project will be characterised by the construction, operation and development of an installation or a significant part of an installation on an appropriate scale and using suitably large components with a view to examining the potential for putting theoretical or laboratory results into practice and/or increasing the reliability of the technical and economic data needed to progress to the demonstration stage, and in certain cases to the industrial and/or commercial stage.
Demonstration projects - A demonstration project will be characterised by the construction and/or operation of an industrial-scale installation or a significant part of an industrial-scale installation with the aim of bringing together all the technical and economic data in order to proceed with the industrial and/or commercial exploitation of the technology at minimum risk.
Accompanying measures - Accompanying measures are designed to complement and/or coordinate research activities related to this programme. Proposals may be submitted for the promotion of the use of knowledge gained. They should not involve significant scientific or technical work. The measure supports activities promoting the knowledge gained under the research programme of the Research Fund for Coal and Steel and/or under the former ECSC RTD programme. They include the valorisation of research results having a direct impact in one of the following areas and excluding any kind of research activity:
- Contribution to the assessment or enhancement of European or international technical regulations and standards.
- Valorisation of results that have a direct and immediate potential application at industrial level. The improvement of product quality and environmental and safety standards in and around the workplace are of particular importance.
- Exploitation of new or alternative market possibilities of products and processes related to the coal or steel sector.
In principle, this type of project should not exceed a duration of eighteen months.
Match Funding Restrictions
Grants of up to 100% are only available in exceptional cases; therefore, match funding will be required.
Proposals not within the scope of the programme and/or not conforming to European Commission procedural requirements will not be supported.
From 2011, the RFCS proposal submission will be exclusively electronic via the Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS).
To be able to apply to the RFCS using the EPSS, each beneficiary needs a valid Participant Identification Code (PIC). IT is recommeded that, unless your organisation already has one (through prior particiaption in a 7th Framework Programme project), a PIC is requested and validated as soon as possible through the Unique Registration Facility (URF).
Contact the European Commission for further information.
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