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FCH JU : submission deadline for proposals on April 23rd 2019

Hydrogen : a cornerstone of Europe’s energy transition

Fuel cell & hydrogen technology has brought to light low carbon and sustainable energy solutions, establishing hydrogen as a cornerstone of Europe’s energy transition. 

But so many challenges remain unmet, preventing still today FCH to compete with conventional technologies! 

For instance,

  • fuel cell systems lifetime or production cost reduction,
  • OPEX/CAPEX hydrogen production optimisation,
  • large scale demonstration of hydrogen integration as renewable energy sources  into the energy systems,
  • reduction of the use of EU defined ‘Critical raw materials”, e.g. low-platinum or platinum-free resources, and through recycling / reducing / avoiding the use of rare earth elements.

FCH JU : an average success rate of 25% (above the average for Horizon 2020 programme overall)

Those challenges are tackled in the FCH JU that recently published the calls for 2019 with an indicative budget of € 80,8 million, and a submission deadline for proposals on April 23rd 2019.

2018 marked the ten-year anniversary of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) that provides financial support to collaborative projects focusing on enabling market entry for new products, developing next generation products based on previous research, and opening new markets for European expertise in fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) technology.
(Source FCH JU - SUCCESS STORIES booklet). 

With an average success rate of 25% (above the average for Horizon 2020 programme overall), FCH JU offers high opportunity for consortia to get their research & development project funded, provided they meet FCH JU expectations regarding excellence in research, socio-economic impacts and project implementation.