Funded projects of 2nd ERA-Net SG+ joint call start in 2017

In 2016, ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus launched its 2nd Joint Call for transnational RDD projects on Smart Grids in partnership with funding programs from 13 European countries and regions. 9 projects from 8 regions/countries were approved for funding and will start their joint activities in 2017.

About the 2nd ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus joint call

ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus intends to promote piloting and demonstration in the field of smart grids. Focus of the 2nd Joint Call for transnational RDD projects was given to validation, scale-up and replication, and integration of Stakeholder/Adoption, Marketplace and Technology. The aim was to push solutions from Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs, see definitions in Annex C of the 2nd call text document) 5-6 to TRLs 6-7. The call closed in June 2016. A list of the national funding partners that have been involved in the call can be found here

Outcome of the 2nd Joint Call 

Find here statistics related to the 2nd ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus Joint Call:

  • 19 full project proposals from 11 regions/countries were submitted in June 2016. 
  • 9 projects from 8 regions/countries requesting a total funding of EUR 13 Mio. were approved in December 2016. 
  • The total project budget of the approved projects amunts to EUR 17 Mio.
  • Funded projects will involve a total of 51 partners spread throughout Europe, 40,4 % of which are industry partners.


9 Approved Projects

9 projects from 8 regions/countries were approved in the call. They are listed below (in alphabetical order of acronyms, incl. involved countries).  

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- M2M-GRID (FR, SE, NL))

    - LarGo! (AT, DE, SE)
    - NEMoGrid (CH, DE, SE)
    - MatchIT (SE, NL)

    - E-REGIO (NO, SE, NL)
    - RestoreGrid4RES (AT, DE)
    - EMBS (AT, DE) 

Funded projects of the 2nd call will be involved in the ERA-Net SG+ Knowledge Community. They will contribute to deep knowledge sharing which has started with 21 projects of the 1st joint call, each of which involving key demonstrators in the ERA-Net SG+ member countries and regions.

3rd Call for Transnational RDD projects on Smart Grids

Following this 2nd call, the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus initiative is currently preparing a third joint call on RDD projects. This third joint call is expected to be launched in 2017. Further information will be announced here shortly.

About the Initiative

ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus is an initiative of 21 European countries and regions. The vision for smart grids in Europe is to create an electric power system that integrates renewable energies and enables flexible consumer and production technologies. This can help to shape an electricity grid with a high security of supply, coupled with low greenhouse gas emissions, at an affordable price. Our aim is to support the development of the technologies, market designs and customer adoptions that are necessary to reach this goal. 

The initiative is providing a hub for the collaboration of European member-states. It supports the coordination of funding partners, enabling joint funding of RDD projects. Beyond that ERA-Net SG+ builds up a knowledge community, involving key demo projects and experts from all over Europe, to organise the learning between projects and programs from the local level up to the European level.