The RFCS provides EU funding for high quality research, pilot, and demonstration projects, which support the competitiveness, and sustainability of future low-emission industries in line with the European Green Deal.
The “Big Tickets” calls for proposals target large-scale projects, at high technology readiness levels, to support the necessary technology-to-market transitions and transformation. This will drive clean steelmaking and help with a sustainable transition of the coal regions during the phase out of coal industry, in line with the Just Transition policy.
Applicants from 14 EU countries have applied for funding under these two calls.
The first “Big Tickets” call on steel drew 9 proposals requesting €50 million in EU funding. It covers pilot, and demonstrator projects for breakthrough clean steel-making technologies, such as carbon capture use and storage, process intensification, and CO2-neutral iron ore reduction.
Just transition for coal-mining regions
The “Big Tickets” call on coal attracted 6 proposals requesting €40.7 million in EU funding. It covers pilot and demonstrators projects supporting the repurposing of closed coalmines. The call also encompasses treatment and restoration, waste and spoil treatments, energy recovery and monitoring of methane emissions and materials recycling.
Calls for proposals closed on 3 May 2022 and the proposals will be evaluated by independent external experts in May and June 2022. The selection results will be announced in September-October 2022.
- Publication date
- 10 May 2022
- European Research Executive Agency