The CETPartnership joint call 2022 closed on 23 November. The call received 110 preproposals from more than 30 countries around the world. The preproposals were almost equally distributed on the 11 call modules. The 110 applications had more than 760 partners. Of these 760 partners, around 200 come from the Nordic region (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden).

Strong Nordic involvement

The results of the preproposals show that the projects applied for have more than seven partners each on average, which is an increase from the general size of the previous ERA-net projects. This affirms that energy institutions around the world are seeking international co-operation to overcome central problems in the sector. With around 200 partners in the preproposals, the Nordics step up once again, showing that we are a leading region not only in Europe but the entire world when it comes to international co-operation in the energy sector.

Furthermore, the results of the preproposals show that there is an interest in multiple disciplines within the energy sector. The Nordic partners have been distributed among the 11 call modules, but with a larger interest in the two call modules within TRI 3 – Enabling Climate Neutrality with Storage Technologies and Renewable Fuels and CCU/CCS.

Behind the scenes: Nordic Energy Research’s call management team – Aiko Nakano Hylander, Maria Enge, Jacob Munch, and Lise Nielson – preparing the list of experts evaluating the preproposals.

The next step for Nordic Energy Research, which is call manager for the CETPartnership, is to make sure that all preproposals will be evaluated fairly by more than 100 independent experts from around the world. The preproposals given a green light by the experts will in the middle of January 2023 be given the opportunity to go through to the second stage of the application process. In this second stage, the projects shall be fully developed and then evaluated once more by the independent experts. The deadline of the second stage is in March 2023. Thereafter, a ranking list will be formed from which the national funding agencies will decide which projects should receive funding. The aim of the Joint call 2022 is for projects to begin before the end of 2023.

The Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETPartnership) consortium consists of more than 70 partners from 30+ countries with a budget of ca 143 million euros for the 2022 call. As part of the CETPartnership, the 70 partners have identified seven Transition Initiatives (TRIs) which will be the topics that the CETPartnership will focus on until 2027. In the 2022 call, the founding national funding partners have identified 11 call modules for the seven TRIs.