NWO – Innovations for Wind- and Solar Energy

Energie-innovatie regeling NWO

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Part of the climate agreement is the aim to have an entirely co2-free electricity system by 2050. This grant programme contributes to this goal by financing research into:

  • Efficiency and cost reduction, for production installations with a lower Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE); and
  • Circular design of materials, systems, and processes for wind and solar energy (e.g., life extension, (partial) re-use, recycling, upcycling, and remanufacturing).

A total budget of €5 million is available. This amount is divided into two lines of research, namely Wind (€2.5 million) and Sun (€2.5 million). The programme falls under the MISSION-driven topics of the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) 2020-2023.


  • The maximum duration of a project is six years.
  • All projects must have a strong societal challenge. This can take the form of exploring a new business model, but also bringing about a change in public perceptions, and so on.

Who Can Apply?

  • Interdisciplinary consortia comprising knowledge institutes, public and private partners.

Eligible Costs

  • Minimal €750,000 and maximal € 1.5 million per project
  • 15% compulsory co-financing.
  • The remaining 85% is eligible via the following modules:
    • Personnel costs;
    • Material costs;
    • Investments;
    • Knowledge utilisation;
    • Internationalisation;
    • Money follows Cooperation;
    • Project management.


  • Problem definition and –analysis + contribution of the project to the solution (25%)
  • Expected impact and route to impact (25%)
  • Quality consortium (30%)
  • Quality research (10%)


The application is consists of a pre-registration and a complete application. The following deadlines apply:

  • Pre-registration: 28 January 2021, 14.00 hours.
  • Full applications: 1 June 2021, 14.00 hours.



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