Innovation Fund for Small Scale Projects 2020


The Innovation Fund's currently open call, with a budget of 100 Million Euro, was launched on 1st December 2020 and will be closing on the 10th March 2021 (17:00:00 Brussels time). Like the large-scale projects call, this call also focuses on the categories of renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage. However, for this call, projects must have a total capital expenditure costs below EUR 7.5 million but above EUR 2.5 million.

The emphasis is on truly innovative projects that are ready for commercial deployment, for instance delivering installations to a customer in a new market segment. Besides, three key activities are encouraged: products that substitute carbon-intensive ones, net carbon removal innovations and direct air capture.

The call text and supporting documents can be found from the Funding and Tenders Opportunities website: The link is provided he​re​​.

The European Commission organised a virtual conference on the 19th November 2020 from 10.00 to 11.30 CET. This conference included discussions on how the call for small-scale projects under the Innovation Fund could help them to take off and reach the market, innovation potential of clean tech projects, ability to achieve financial close faster, best practices, lessons learnt and more.

 You may find the recording of the session here.

During the above-mentioned virtual conference held by the European Commission, ‘Small is beautiful: How can the Innovation Fund foster innovative clean tech small-scale projects?’, an introduction to the upcoming call for proposals for small-scale projects was provided, together with general comparisons to the past large-scale projects call. The salient points of the call can be found in this power point presentation, used by the European Commission during the conference.

 Whilst one can obtain insight into the call through this presentation, we recommend using the official call texts as the reference documents.

On 9 December, the European Commission will be organising a webinar from 10.00 to 12.00 CET to present the key features of the first call for small-scale projects and guide you through the application process. You can follow the event via webs​treaming​. The recording will be made available afterwards. During the webinar, participants can ask their questions via Slido using the event code #IFSS.

The recording and presentations used can be found: here​

Interested applicants are highly encouraged to carefully read the call text and supporting documents at the earliest.

The National Contact Point (NCP) for this EU fund is the Funds and Programmes Division (FPD) within the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs. However, FPD works closely with the relevant local competent bodies to ensure adequate consultation and coordination.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the EU Funds Programme Manager, Ms. Maria Dimech on​ (+356 2200 1164) keeping Director General, FPD, Inġ. Anthony Camilleri in copy,​ anthony.c.camilleri@gov.mtto obtain further guidance. 

Please refer to the national contact point (NCP) for guidance. The NCP can also assist in communication with the European Commission through the Funding and Tenders portal. Furthermore, applicants are also advised to contact the relevant national competent bodies to ensure alignment with national policies that may be applicable to their project proposal.  ​

Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs
Call Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Further Information:
External Link