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Programme Intelligent Energy – Europe (CIP-IEE-2011)
Pályáztató:  Európai Bizottság
Határidő:  2011. május 12.
Feltöltve:  2011. február 4., 15:27:26
Szakmai terület:  Környezetvédelem (8)
Ország:  Magyarország; Románia
Forrás:  [ec.europa.eu]

The objective of the Intelligent Energy - Europe II Programme (“IEE II”) is to contribute to secure, sustainable and competitively priced energy for Europe, by providing for action

  • to foster energy efficiency and the rational use of energy resources;
  • to promote new and renewable energy sources and to support energy diversification;
  • to promote energy efficiency and the use of new and renewable energy sources in transport.

The Programme in particular contributes to the EU Energy 2020 Strategy, and facilitates the implementation of the EU action plan for energy-efficiency and of the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

Budget, funding rates and eligibility of costs

The indicative total amount available for this call is about EUR 67 million. The European Commission, through the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), plans to grant funds which are complementary to contributions made by the beneficiary, the national, regional or local authorities and/or other bodies. The sources of co-funding must be transparent and stated in such a way that they are clearly identifiable and accountable.

Accordingly, the amount granted will be up to 75% of the total eligible costs (except for the projects funded under the Building Workforce Training and Qualification Initiative (see section 10.4.4) where EU funding can be up to 90% of the total eligible costs).

The EU contribution to reimburse eligible costs must not give rise to a profit. Contributions in kind are not eligible costs. One action may give rise to the award of only one grant from the EU budget to any one beneficiary. Action which receives financial support for the same purpose from other EU financial instruments will not receive funding from the IEE Programme.

Eligible costs can be incurred only after signature of the grant agreement by all the parties, save in exceptional cases, and under no circumstances before submission of the application for a grant.

For the initiative on Mobilising local energy investments, IEE grants for technical assistance will only be paid in full if planned investments are launched or relevant investment contracts/permits are signed before the end of the project period, up to 36 months from the signature of the contract. In the event of failure to deliver the planned investments, the EU contribution will have to be reimbursed by the beneficiary, although some costs may be eligible for support if adequately justified, on a pro-rata basis.

The maximum duration of a project is 3 years.

Eligibility criteria

Which organisations and countries are eligible?

All applicants must be legal entities, whether public or private, established in the territory of the EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Croatia.

A grant agreement with legal entities established in other countries will only be signed under the condition that the country has undertaken the necessary steps to join the IEE programme. Up-to-date information on which countries are part of the programme is available on the programme website.

The IEE programme is also open to the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). It is also open to international organisations – subject to the conditions set out above. They may, if necessary, receive funding. If one of the participants is the JRC or an international organisation, it is deemed to be established in a Member State or associated country other than any Member State or associated country in which another participant in the same action is established.

Local and regional energy agencies which were established with and are still beneficiaries of EU contributions from the IEE Programme are eligible to participate in IEE projects (a) if they provide evidence that their resources are sufficient to cover the additional activities and that those additional activities do not overlap with the work programme of their existing IEE grant agreement or (b) if the submission deadline for the call for proposals lies at least 24 months after the starting date of their activities, as specified in the relevant grant agreement.

Applicants that do not have legal personality may apply for grants provided that the representatives of these applicants prove that they have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on behalf of the applicant and provided that they offer financial guarantees equivalent to those provided by legal entities.

Natural persons are not eligible.

Themes and funding priorities

Intelligent Energy - Europe covers action in the following fields:

Energy efficiency and rational use of energy resources (SAVE), including:

  • Energy-efficient products
  • Industrial excellence in energy.

New and renewable energy resources (ALTENER), including:

  • Electricity from renewable energy sources (RES-e);
  • Renewable heating/cooling (RES-H/C);
  • Bioenergy.

Energy in transport (STEER) to promote energy efficiency and the use of new and renewable energies sources in transport, including

  • Energy-efficient transport;
  • Clean and energy-efficient vehicles;

Integrated Initiatives

Integrated initiatives combining several of the specific fields referred to SAVE, ALTENER and STEER or relating to certain EU priorities. They may include actions integrating energy efficiency and renewableenergy sources in several sectors of the economy and/or combining various instruments, tools and actors within the same action or project.

  • Local energy leadership
  • Mobilising local energy investments
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings  
  • The Building Workforce Training and Qualification Initiative in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy

Selection criteria

The applicants must have stable and sufficient sources of funding to maintain their activity throughout the period during which the action is being carried out and to participate in its funding. The applicants must have the professional skills and qualifications required to complete the proposed action.

The selection criteria will be assessed as a first step by the evaluation committee. Failure to comply with these criteria will result in the proposal not being evaluated further. Applicants may be askedto provide additional proof or to clarify the supporting documents related to the selection criteria within a specific time limit.

Financial capacity of applicants

Applicants must show that they have the financial capacity and operational capability to complete the action to be supported. Unless they are a public body or an international organisation, they must complete a ‘Simplified Financial Statement’ Form and provide their annual financial statements comprised of the balance sheet, the profit and loss statement and any annexes to those for the last financial year for which the accounts have been closed (details available with the Guide for Proposers and Application Forms). On the basis of these documents the EACI performs a financial viability check, upon which the EACI Intelligent Energy – Europe Call for Proposals 2011might ask for a financial guarantee in line with Article 182(1) of the rules implementing the FinancialRegulation.

In accordance with Article 173(4) of the rules implementing the Financial Regulation, if the application concerns grants for action which exceed €500 000, an audit report produced by an approved externalauditor must be submitted. That report must certify the accounts for the last financial year available. In the case of agreements with a number of beneficiaries this threshold will apply to each individual beneficiary.

Technical capacity of applicants

Applicants must have the technical capacity and operational capability to complete the action to be supported and should provide supporting documents. Guidance on the supporting documents required (e.g. CVs of those responsible for carrying out the action, description of projects and activities undertaken in the last three years, etc.) can be found in the Guide for Proposers.

Award criteria

The Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation will base its selection of actions and the rate of EU co-financing on the written presentation. The actions will be evaluated against each award criterion which will carry equal weighting within the overall assessment. Within the general conclusions, the evaluation will provide a qualitative judgment on the overall value for money, comparing the outcomes based on the award criteria with the costs and efforts involved.

If a proposal is to be classified as worth funding, the grand total of the marks for all the award criteria should be at least 70% of the maximum total score. In addition, a mark of over 50% will be required for each criterion. Proposals that pass these thresholds will be considered for funding. A ranking will be established by the Evaluation Committee and approved by the authorising officer. Funding decisions will be made on the basis of this ranking and within the limits of the available budget.

Proposals with an identical score next to the cut-off limit of the available budget will be sub-ranked, taking into account the indicative distribution of the 2011 budget by field, as indicated in the Work Programme 2011. A limited number of proposals may be placed on a reserve list, following the subranking.

The following five criteria apply to project proposals

1. Relevance of the proposed action (score 0-10), including:

  • extent to which the proposed action is consistent with the IEE Call priorities;
  • extent to which the proposed action responds to important user needs and market barriers;
  • extent to which the proposed action complements other related activities.

2. Quality of implementation methodology (score 0-10), including:

  • suitability of the proposed approach and extent to which the proposed action engages the target groups and stakeholders;
  • clarity of the work packages, project planning and suitability of performance monitoring;
  • quality of communication plan for the uptake of solution(s).

3. Ambition and credibility of the impacts of the proposed action (score 0-10), including:

  • services / outcomes produced by the action (deliverables, hours of training, etc.);
  • impact within and beyond the project lifetime assessed with specific, measurable, accepted, realistic and time-dependent (SMART) indicators;
  • sustainability of the solutions offered by the proposed action beyond the project lifetime. Intelligent Energy – Europe Call for Proposals 2011

4. EU added value (score 0-10), including:

  • evidence that collaboration / team working across national borders will lead to greater benefits than separate actions at national / local level in the same countries (Note: Sub-criterion 4.a is not applicable to proposals for the Integrated Initiative on Mobilising Local Energy Investments);
  • appropriate geographical focus of the proposed action including learning and exchanges among stakeholders;
  • transferability of the solutions offered by the proposed action.

5. Resources allocated to the proposed action (score 0-10), including:

  • management and composition of the team, balance of skills, experiences, and responsibilities;
  • appropriate levels of hours per partner and per work package;
  • justification of costs (sub-contracts, travel costs, and other specific costs) and co-financing.

Specific provision for the Integrated Initiative - Building Workforce Training and Qualification Initiative in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy :

The following four award criteria will carry equal weighting within the overall assessment.

1. Relevance of the proposed action (score 0-10), including:

  • extent to which the proposed action is consistent with the objectives of the initiative;
  • extent to which the proposed action builds on existing national training frameworks and initiatives and takes into account existing policy initiatives in the energy and building fields.

2. Capability of the proposed action to mobilise the relevant market actors (score 0-10), including:

  • extent to which the proposed action effectively engages the relevant market actors (e.g. industries, public authorities, chambers of commerce, trade associations) in the Member State, as regards drawing up the roadmap and setting up the platform;
  • extent to which the proposed action ensures that the national roadmap is endorsed by the relevant actors (e.g. national or regional authorities) at the end of the process.

3. Quality of implementation methodology (score 0-10), including:

  • suitability of the proposed approach to drawing up the roadmap and its associated implementationplan;
  • clarity of the work plan (description of work packages and tasks, allocation of responsibilities, time schedules).

4. Consortium composition and resources allocated to the proposed action (score 0-10), including:

  • a extent to which the consortium includes essential skills, such as moderating and communicating, life-long learning and energy expertise;
  • appropriate levels of hours per partner and per work package; justification of costs, and transparency of co-financing.

Submission of applications

Applications must be submitted using the on-line submission system and application forms indicated on the IEE programme website

Applications which fail to comply with this formal requirement will not be evaluated further. In particular, proposals arriving at the EACI by any other means will be regarded as "not submitted" and will not be evaluated.

The closing date for submission to the main IEE Call is 12 May 2011, 17:00 (Brussels local time).

Closing date for submission to the Building Workforce Training and Qualification Initiative is 15 June 2011, 17:00 (Brussels local time).

Applications submitted after the closing date and time will NOT be taken into consideration. Proposers are strongly advised to start their submission process well in time and not to leave it to the last hour in order to avoid the risk of a failed submission. Should changes occur regarding formal requirements for submission of applications, they will be highlighted on the website of the programme. Applicants are therefore advised to check this website prior to submitting their application

 Further information: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/intelligent/call_for_proposals/call_library_en.htm

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