- Publication date
- 2 October 2023
- Opening date
- Deadline model
- Deadline date
- 16 November 2023, 17:00 (CET)
- Funding programme
- Level of funding
- EU level
Heat pumps are one of the key technologies that is needed to meet the EU’s 2030 energy and climate targets, thus the European Commission has called for a significant increase in the deployment of individual heat pump units. This topic aims to complement existing incentives at the EU, national and local levels to increase the number of skilled installers and the confidence of end-users.
Under Scope B of this call, proposals should aim to address the shortage of skilled installers and professionals for heat pumps by undertaking one or more of the following:
- Identify profiles and set up actions to reskill professionals from other sectors with skills transferable to the heat pump value chain;
- Identify skills and workforce gaps at the local, regional or national level and set up actions, such as new trainings or qualifications schemes, that incentivise or facilitate the upskilling of the workforce and enable professionals to integrate heat pumps as part of building renovation projects;
- Support cooperation between relevant stakeholders to create and disseminate competencies and training guidelines;
- Set-up training facilities for heat pump installers.
Projects should increase the number of skilled heat pump installers and professionals, the number of training schemes available for heat pump installers and ultimately increase the roll-out of heat pump installations.
Institution providing the funding
Size of funding
Overview of eligibility criteria
To be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) established in one of the eligible countries (i.e. EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs); listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature). Furthermore the coordinator must be established in an eligible country.
Overview of award criteria
The award criteria include the following:
- Relevance (20 points)
- Impact (20 points)
- Quality (20 points)
- Resources (20 points)
Maximum points: 90 points. Overall threshold: 55 points.
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system. The application form will have four parts:
- Part A includes administrative information about the applicant organisations (future coordinator, beneficiaries, affiliated entities and associated partners) and the summarised budget for the proposal. Fill it in directly online.
- Part B (description of the action) covers the technical content of the proposal. Download the mandatory word template from the Submission System, fill it in and upload it as a PDF file.
- Part C containing additional project data. To be filled in directly online.
More information is available in the text of the call (see link below).
Application support available
Useful information can be found at the following links:
- Online Manual (https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/docs/2021-2027/common/guidance/om_en.pdf)
- Portal FAQ (for general questions) (https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/support/faq;type=0,1;categories=;tenders=;programme=null;keyword=;freeTextSearchKeyword=;matchWholeText=true;period=null;status=0;sortQuery=publicationDate;faqListKey=faqSearchTablePageState)
- FAQs on the Topic page
- LIFE Info Days (https://cinea.ec.europa.eu/programmes/life/life-support-applicants_en)
For additional support, you may contact:
- for individual questions on the Portal Submission System: IT Helpdesk (https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/support/helpdesks/contact-form)
- for non-IT related questions: CINEA-LIFE-CETec [dot] europa [dot] eu (CINEA-LIFE-CET[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu).