RFCS-2024-CSP-Big Tickets for Steel


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)

Programme Description

The RFCS project has the following research objectives for the coal sector:

  • Supporting the equitable transition of the coal sector and regions;
  • Improving health and safety.
  • Minimizing the environmental impact of coal mines in transition.
Programme Details

Identifier Code



RFCS-2024-CSP-Big Tickets for Steel


This topic focuses on the following six objectives:

  • Cross cutting issues: digitalisation, skills and social innovation;
  • CO2 neutral iron ore reduction (Increasing the use of pre-reduced iron carriers);
  • Technologies to improve energy efficiency, increase heat recovery and enhance Process Integration (PI) approaches in steel production;
  • Advanced steel alloys for special applications;
  • Circular economy and sector coupling solutions to meet the zero-waste goal for steelmaking;
  • Preparation of steel CO/CO2 gases for Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUS).

Detailed Call Description

This call topic concerns RFCS Pilot and Demonstration Projects (PDPs) and applicants may submit proposals for either Pilot or Demonstration projects. Pilot Projects target the construction, operation and development of (significant parts of) installations on an appropriate scale and using suitably large components in order to examine the potential for putting theoretical or laboratory results into practice and/or increasing the reliability of the technical and economic data needed to progress to demonstration stage, and in certain cases to industrial and/or commercial stage. Demonstration Projects cover the construction and/or operation of (significant parts of) an industrial-scale installation, in order to bring together all the technical and economic data in order to proceed with the industrial and/or commercial exploitation of the technology at minimum risk. Both Pilot and Demonstration Projects aim to bridge the gap between Research and Innovation.

Proposals should address the application of innovative technologies related to one or two of the six call objectives listed. If addressing two call objectives, proposals should clearly identify which Work Packages address which topic(s) of which call objective(s). The full description of each objective and its focus areas can be found in the call document pages 7-14 (the link to the call document can be found under the “Further information” section).

Call Total Budget


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

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (50%).

Project budgets (requested grant amount) are expected to range between €5.000.000 and €9.000.000 per project and exceptionally up to €18.000.000 for large demonstrators.

Thematic Categories

  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Other Thematic Category
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Educational Institutions
  • Large Enterprises
  • Legal Entities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • 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, e.g. undertakings, public bodies, research organisations, higher or secondary education establishments or other legal entities) which carry out RTD activities or substantially contribute to such an activity, established in EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)) or countries associated to the RFCS or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

Consortium composition:

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of a minimum of 2 independent applicants from 2 different eligible countries.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


EU Contact Point

For help related to this call, please contact:  REA-RFCS@ec.europa.eu