On 27 October 2017, the European Commission presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion.
The new features of this Work Programme include measures to support market-creating innovation, highly integrated activities called focus areas, emphasis on better dissemination of results and a focus on open access to data. The Work Programme also includes measures to increase simplification (e.g. lump sum funding), to widen participation from less performing countries, and to address skills mismatches.
Special focus is put on three of the four strategic research and innovation priorities which are primarily addressed by the "Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy" Societal Challenge of Horizon 2020 – decarbonising the EU building stock by 2050; strengthening EU leadership on renewables; and developing affordable and integrated energy storage solutions. The relevant call includes several calls related to the energy efficiency of buildings; three of them opened on 31 October 2017:
LC-SC3-RES-4-2018: Renewable energy system integrated at the building scale (Deadline: 31 January 2018, 2nd stage Deadline: 23 August 2018)
Proposals will provide a combination of different renewable energy technologies to cover the highest possible share of electricity, heating and cooling needs of a multi-family residential or commercial or public or industrial building (in the case of the industrial building, the project is not expected to address the energy needs of the industrial process).
LC-SC3-RES-5-2018: Increased performance of technologies for local heating and cooling solutions (Deadline: 13 February 2018)
Proposals are expected to address one or more of the following aspects:
- Optimisation of the different components of a renewable heating and cooling system;
- Development of tools and systems to optimize the design and monitoring of the different components of a heating and cooling system;
- Development of integrated control systems for the smart operation of a heating and cooling system.
LC-SC3-RES-6-2018: Demonstrate significant cost reduction for Building Integrated PV (BIPV) solutions (Deadline: 13 February 2018)
Support will be given to solutions that address: a) new BIPV product concepts to meet these requirements and cost-efficient production techniques reducing their additional cost by 75% by 2030 compared to 2015 levels and; b) demonstration of these concepts into a BIPV energy system that guarantees the building functionalities and energy needs on a life-cycle basis. Proposals will involve multidisciplinary consortia including the PV manufacturing industry. The building materials industry, certification bodies and market actors who are committed to adopting/implementing the results will also be included where relevant. Proposals will also address standardisation issues.