Innovation Fund Large Scale Projects – Innovative electrification in industry and hydrogen


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Innovation Fund (2021-2027)

Programme Description

The Innovation Fund program that helps reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“Large-scale” projects are projects with a capital expenditure of over € 7.5 million.

“Small scale” projects are projects with a total capital cost of less than € 7.5 million.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Innovation Fund Large Scale Projects – Innovative electrification in industry and hydrogen


The objective of this topic is to support projects on innovative electrification in industry and innovative hydrogen production and use, in support of the 2030 targets for renewable hydrogen established in the REPowerEU Action Plan, and to decrease the use of and dependency on imported fossil fuels.

Detailed Call Description

The following activities can be funded under this topic:

A. Activities that support the innovative direct electrification of industry replacing conventional fossil fuels use, both in sector-specific and cross-sectoral uses.

B. Activities that support innovative hydrogen production and applications (i.e. hydrogen use as an energy carrier, or hydrogen as a reducing agent, or as a feedstock) in industry.

Targeted activities are – Projects can include either one or both of the activities described under B.1 and B.2.:

B.1 those where the main innovation lies in the use of hydrogen in industrial applications. As the focus in this topic is to reduce the use of and the dependence on fossil fuels, the use of fossil fuel-based hydrogen is excluded from this topic.

B.2 those where the main innovation lies in renewable hydrogen production and production of hydrogen-derived renewable fuels (i.e. renewable fuels of non-biological origin) and feed-stocks.

Innovation in hydrogen transport or storage as a part of an integrated hydrogen project with renewable hydrogen production can also be funded. 

Innovation in renewable hydrogen production for industrial use is targeted but hydrogen production can also be funded if renewable hydrogen produced is destined for use in buildings or transport or in several sectors as it helps to develop supply side and provides flexibility for suppliers to look for potential off-takers.

Excluded activities: projects whose main innovation lies solely in hydrogen use in transport or buildings or power generation or combined power and heat or storage) .

Call Total Budget

€ 1,000,000,000

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

The available call budget is €3,000,000,000 for grants and € 6,000,000 for project development assistance (PDA) support.

Thematic Categories

  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Industry
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries: any country in the world.

Projects must comply with EU policy interests and priorities (such as environment, social, security, industrial and trade policy, etc).

Financial support to third parties is not allowed.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
Mrs. Maria Loizou
28th of October Avenue 20-22
2414 Engomi, Nicosia
Telephone: +357 22408955

Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy
Ms. Elena Poulli
29 Vyronos Avenue
1096 Nicosia
Telephone: +357 22691921

(Publish Date: 07/11/2022-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

European Executive Agency for Climate, Infrastructure and the Environment