The objective of energy research under FP7 is to adapt the current energy system into a more sustainable, competitive and secure one. It should also depend less on imported fuels and use a diverse mix of energy sources, in particular renewables, energy carriers and non polluting sources.

Energy consists consists of nine Activities subdivided in various Areas. In a work programme published on a yearly basis different Topics are described in detail:

1. Hydrogen and fuel cells
2. Renewable Electricity Generation
3. Renewable Fuel Production
4. Renewables for Heating and Cooling
5. CO2 Capture and Storage Technology
6. Clean Coal Technologies
7. Smart Energy Networks
8. Energy Efficiency and Savings
9. Knowledge for Energy Policy Making

Filing a proposal is only possible referring to one of the specific Calls which are published on the European Commission’s Participant Portal.

In general at least three independant legal entities out of three different EU member or associated countries have to form a consortium. Consortia including small and medium-sized enterprises are funded with preference.

The detailed eligibility criteria and conditions are defined in the respective Work Programme and the Call Fiche.