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Grants to USA and International Companies, Nonprofits,
IHEs, Agencies, and NGOs for Geothermal Energy Projects

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Grants to USA and International companies, research and industry organizations, IHEs, government agencies, and NGOs for innovative projects related to geothermal energy. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. In order to be eligible, three applicants from at least three participating countries must be in consortium.

The objective of GEOTHERMICA’s second call is to launch projects that accelerate the piloting, demonstration and validation of novel concepts of geothermal energy supply within the energy system, and to identify paths to commercially viable deployment. Projects may also address oriented research that underpins novel concepts and paths to commerciality.

The objective is set against the backdrop of demonstrating geothermal energy as a secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy source for Europe, and of demonstrating geothermal energy to have a significant role within the energy system through a wide range of novel concepts. Projects demonstrate the significant role that geothermal energy can have in the energy system, at a scale common to GEOTHERMICA countries. Often the untapped potential stems from a lack of awareness of the versatility and benefits of geothermal energy supply.

GEOTHERMICA’s ambition of accelerating the deployment of geothermal energy, that is to reduce the time to market for novel geothermal energy concepts, will require industry involvement in research, innovation and demonstration activities. 

Consortia is encouraged with a wide geographic spectrum but at least three eligible applicants from at least three participating countries must be in consortium. Each project consortium must demonstrate the alignment with the national interest of the respective funding bodies (see also Table 3) and must demonstrate the applicants’ competence to undertake the project within the specified themes.

The budget that is available for this Call from each national funding agency is a total of approximately €19 million.

Participating International countries include France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey.

For information on the Geothermica's technological themes, see the following link: 

For proposal requirements, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 186864

Estimated Size of Grant:

GEOTHERMICA considers that proposals requesting a contribution of between €1.5-4 million each would allow successful projects to address the scope appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. Especially projects that include demonstrations might require higher budgets.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects should be completed within three years and should not run beyond 31 August 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Consortia may consist of applicants and partners from companies, research organizations, universities and higher education institutions, industry organizations, local/regional governments, and NGOs;

Consortia may consist of applicants and partners across several positions and disciplines within research and development systems (i.e. basic research, applied research, innovation, business etc.);

The proposal must include justification for the requested budget. The estimated budget must be given in Euros only.

Pre-Application Information:

GEOTHERMICA Second Call Timeline:
- May 3, 2019 Pre-announcement of Second Call
- May 22, 2019 Call text published
- September 13, 2019 Deadline for project pre-proposals submission
- November 11, 2019 Notification to projects applicants regarding the results of the eligibility test
- January 31, 2020 Call for full proposal closes
- June 1, 2020 Tentative date for funding recommendation and announcement of results to Main Applicants
- September 1, 2020 Tentative date for national funding decisions and contracts completed.

The call for pre-proposals will close on Friday, 13 September 2019 (13:00 UTC).

On Monday, 11 November 2019, selected applicants will be invited to enter the second stage of the procedure.

The call for full proposals will close on Friday, 31 January 2020 (13:00 UTC).

GEOTHERMICA proposals must be prepared in English. Proposals written in other languages will not be accepted. Corresponding submissions to national funding agencies may have to be submitted in the country’s official language.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geothermica Office
Grensásvegur 9, IS-108 Reykjavík
Phone: +354 569 6000
Fax: +354 569 6000

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Participating International countries include France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey.

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