Capenergies joins the Energy NCP Consortium – Overview of Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

Enrico Mazzon, Europe and International Project Manager at the Capenergies cluster, has joined the consortium of energy NCPs for France, alongside representatives from the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, the Economy Ministry, the CNRS and the ADEME. He is particularly keen to ensure that the views and interests of companies are heard in the H2020 calls for projects for the new FP9 work programme, in particular on grids, storage, hydrogen and solar energy solutions.

The French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation provides considerable support for developers of French Horizon 2020 projects, through a new network of Horizon 2020 National Contact Points (NCPs). The Capenergies cluster has been an energy NCP since September 2017..


The role of NCPs is to promote French involvement in the European programme. Their tasks are to:

  • Inform those involved, in particular companies, on the funding opportunities in the Horizon 2020 project
  • Assist, advise and provide training on how the programme works
  • Provide guidance on sources of funding (European and national) most likely to meet companies’ requirements and on the support services for this funding
  • Assist and advise on training the project consortia (finding European partners)v
  • Read through proposals prior to submission, and provide advice to make them more competitive

NCPs are also your first point of contact for any questions on the wording of calls for proposals and your administrative/legal questions connected with the H2020 programme.


On 27 October 2017, the European Commission published the latest Horizon 2020 work programme for the period 2018-2020.
A total amount of almost 30 billion euros is to be provided for collaborative research and innovation projects. You can find this and all the reference documents online.

The Programme funds scientific excellence, encourages industrial leadership, and aims to address major societal challenges, including secure, clean and efficient energy.

The key areas of the work programme for the period 2018-2020 are:

  • Market-creating innovation: €2.7 billion
    Through a European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot, open to innovations in all technologies or sectors. This will help innovative companies and entrepreneurs to quickly scale up their businesses to a European and global level, and will help Europe better understand innovative ideas that are likely to create new markets and strengthen the industrial base. With a budget of 2.7 billion euros, it brings together existing instruments including the SME instrument and Fast Track to Innovation.
  • Political priorities and targeted actions: €7.1 billion, €1.8 billion of which is allocated to the energy challenge
    There are four political priorities, which each address the societal energy challenge either directly or across different fields: a low-carbon future and resilience in the face of climate change; the circular economy; digitising and transforming European industry and services; security.
  • Strengthening international research and innovation cooperation: €1 billion
    The work programme includes around thirty flagship initiatives on topics devoted to international cooperation in areas of mutual interest, with a total budget of over one billion euros. Collaborations with China, India, the Gulf States, the United States and sub-Saharan Africa are specifically planned for the energy challenge.

There have already been several national and regional information events on the 2018-2020 calls for the specific Energy programme. These include a day on calls for Horizon 2020 programme transport and energy projects, organised on 11 October in Aix-en-Provence by Capenergies, in close cooperation with the Mediterranean and SAFE competitive clusters, the network of National Contact Points (NCP) and the PACA region representative office in Brussels.

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Other presentations of calls for proposals are also available online:

The European Commission also organised three information and networking days, held at the end of October, on these Energy programme calls for proposals. The presentations are availableonline.

Contact :
Europe and International Project Manager and Energy NCP

+33 6 49 21 52 16 – +33 4 84 30 05 76