[SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Joint Call 2021 | SFOE]
SOLAR-ERA.NET is a European network of national / regional funding organisations and RTD (research and technology development) and innovation programmes in the field of solar electricity generation, i.e. photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) / solar thermal electricity (STE). SOLAR-ERA.NET is supported by the European Commission within the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020 (Cofund ERA-NET Action). The SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Joint Call topics are based on priorities identified in the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan resp. in the subsequent Implementation Plans for PV.
The SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Joint Call 2021 comprises four topics:
- Advanced industrial PV technologies
- Emerging PV technologies
- Building and infrastructure integrated PV
- Operation, diagnosis, system integration and environmental impact of PV plants
The project consortium has to involve at least 2 partners from 2 different countries participating in the SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Joint Call and providing funding to the project selected. At least one partner in the consortium has to be from industry in order to increase the level of transnationality and covering a wider geographic spectrum.
Every project participant is funded by the funding organisation of their own country/region according to their specific rules, for Swiss-based applicants the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). Not all programmes / funding agencies will accept applications in all topics. For a list of the SFOE eligible topics and area / sub-topics within this call, please see Table 2 and p. 8 of the Guidelines.
A direct contact with SFOE contact point (Table 1 of the Guidelines) is mandatory before any electronic submission (at least 2 weeks before submission) to check the project idea and national / regional specific requirements.
Duration: max. 36 months
Budget for Swiss applicants: 400’000 Euros
SFOE eligible applicants: private and public sector entities, namely higher education institution, public research organisation, public organisation, private – SME (Industry), private – large companies (Industry), private – Non-profit research organisation
SFOE eligible costs: limited to 40% of the eligible project costs, which are the additional project costs that cannot be amortized over the expected lifetime of the developed installation or solution, i.e. additional costs compared to the costs of implementing an equivalent, conventional technology or solution (see also p. 19 of the Guidelines).
Funding is primarily provided for pilot and demonstration project with TRL>5 (exceptionally TRL4).
Pre-proposal: using the SOLAR-ERA.NET proposal forms (example here) and via the Electronic Submission System
Full-proposal (upon invitation): using both SOLAR-ERA.NET and SFOE full-proposal forms
Pre-proposal submission (mandatory): 12 January 2022, 16:00 (CET)
Full-proposal submission (upon invitation): 7 April 2022, 16:00 (CET)
Funding decision: end of June 2022
Expected project start: from September/October 2022
For further information, please have a look at the call webpage, call Guidelines, and contact the SFOE contact point or the Research Office.