Funding for e-Mobility and Clean Fuel and Vehicle Innovations

By Jerome Simpson / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
Transport is one of three sub-themes addressed by the recently founded European Institute of Technology’s Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for InnoEnergy and its co-location centre for Intelligent, Energy-efficient Buildings and Cities.
Also of interest to the transport community is the centre for Energy from Chemical Fuels. Through KIC InnoEnergy’s current call for proposals, launched on February 3, 2014, it aims to strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship chiefly within the field of sustainable energy.

Previous calls have seen KIC InnoEnergy finance the total budget of innovative projects, for which sums range from € 0.5 – 5 million and last up to three years.

The KIC-ASS initiative seeks to facilitate a transition towards plug-in hybrid electric vehicles by extending smart-grid capabilities to exploit diverse energy production sources and manage the demands and services offered by electric transportation. This marks a significant step towards fulfilling the European SET (Strategic Energy Technology) plan and Europe's 20-20-20 goals.

Besides electric vehicles, KIC InnoEnergy also explores the potential for energy from chemical fuels. One example is “Fuel-Flex”, which puts the emphasis on fuel-flexible combustion systems for liquid and gaseous bio fuels.

Who Can Apply?

Proposals may be submitted by four types of KIC InnoEnergy partners: formal, associate, project or new partners. Bids should be led by formal or associate KIC partners, but they may source additional expertise not available within KIC InnoEnergy. Typically, innovation project partners are universities, research organisations and/or small and medium-sized enterprises. Current KIC InnoEnergy partners are available online.

To learn more about the current call for innovation proposals, including eligibility criteria, general information on the request for proposals can be downloaded here. Guidelines are listed here.

Interested bidders located within the EU’s ‘new’ member states are invited to share their ideas with REC Senior Expert Jerome Simpson (email:, telephone: 00 36 26 504 039) who as KIC InnoEnergy partner for central and eastern Europe coordinates outreach and the development of innovation projects concerning the region.

KIC InnoEnergy

KIC InnoEnergy is currently one of the three KICs, together with 'ICT' and 'Climate', created under the leadership of the European Institute of Technology. For a list of all innovation projects implemented under the auspices of KIC InnoEnergy, please click here.
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