Clean Hydrogen Partnership

Green hydrogen is one of the main priorities of industry and the European Commission. It will play a key role in the energy transition, and particularly in the decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors.

The Clean Hydrogen Partnership has as a main goal to support research and innovation activities in the Union in clean hydrogen solutions and technologies, under EU’s funding programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, and in synergy with other EU initiatives and programmes.

With 195 million euros, its work programme for 2023 is addressing 7 areas and 26 topics related primarily to the production of clean hydrogen, as well as the distribution, storage, and end use applications of clean hydrogen in hard to abate sectors. Also, cross-cutting aspects such as safety, circularity and sustainability will be embedded continuously throughout the entire programme, guiding and underpinning the activities undertaken within.

In fact, the Partnership is investing in:

The maximum Horizon Europe funding rates are as follows: 

  • Research and innovation action (RIA): 100% 
  • Innovation action (IA): 70% (except for non-profit legal entities, where a rate of up to 100% applies) 
  • Coordination and support action (CSA): 100%

Submission deadline

April 18th 2023

Grant agreement signature

December 17th 2023

Entities eligible to participate

Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organizations, provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation5 have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.

Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in RIA/IA actions that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows: 

  • At least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and 
  • At least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.

Otherwise, applications for Coordination and support actions may be submitted by one or more legal entities, which may be established in a Member State, Associated Country or, in exceptional cases and if provided for in the specific call conditions, in another third country

Under some topics, at least, one partner in the consortium must be a member of either Hydrogen Europe or Hydrogen Europe Research.

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