Offshore wind basic science and balance of plant


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Offshore wind basic science and balance of plant

Available Funding: 
€ 15,000,000

Specific Challenge: The contribution of offshore wind power to the energy mix is expected to increase significantly by 2030. Better knowledge of basic wind energy science and related areas contributes to the cost reductions required to achieve that goal. 



Proposals are expected to address one or more of the following research areas for offshore wind which have been identified in the SET-Plan Implementation Plan: 

  • Atmospheric multi-scale flow modelling (from meso-scale to wind farm flows); 
  • Understanding and modelling key uncertainties and physical phenomena of offshore wind energy design and operation (e.g. fluid-structure, soil-structure and electro-mechanical interaction, large motion prediction, turbulence, wave modelling, mooring line behaviour); 
  • High performance computing and digitalisation (e.g. data processing, machine learning and data analytics methods for implementation in data‑driven design, digital twins and control and monitoring for O&M); 
  • Development and validation of models of structural damage and degradation for offshore wind turbines and/or for their components as functions of loads and environment; 
  • Numerical and test methods for accurate assessment of system and component reliability when introducing new materials and technologies; 
  • Other offshore balance of plant aspects related to the manufacturing, construction, installation and/or decommissioning of large-scale wind turbines. 

While offshore wind must be the cornerstone of the proposal addressing any bullet point above, onshore wind may also be covered when synergies may be exploited from including both. This is just a possibility and not a requirement. 

‘Materials science’, which is also mentioned in the SET-Plan Implementation Plan, is outside the scope of this topic, but is addressed under topic LC-NMBP-31-2020. 

The proposals are expected to bring new technologies/models/methods to TRL 4-5 (please see part G of the General Annexes). 

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 to 4 million would allow this challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. 


Expected Impact: 

Proposals should lower the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE); those addressing any of the first four bullet points above should also aim to increase the market value of wind power. 


Cross-cutting Priorities: 

  • Clean Energy 
  • Blue Growth 
Eligible Applicants: 

A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. 

1. Legal entities established in the following countries and territories will be eligible to receive funding through Horizon 2020 grants:  

(Full list of countries described in Annex A of the Work Programme) 

  • The Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU), including their outermost regions;  
  • The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) linked to the Member States;  
  • The associated countries (AC), the latest information on which countries are associated, or in the process of association to Horizon 2020, can be found in the online manual. 

2. International European interest organisations will also be eligible to receive funding from Horizon 2020.  

3. Legal entities established in countries not listed in Annex A of the Work Programme will be eligible for funding when such funding is explicitly foreseen in the call.  

4. In addition, legal entities established in countries not listed in Annex A of the Work Programme, and international organisations (IOs) will be eligible for funding:  

  • When funding for such participants is provided for under a bilateral scientific and technological agreement or any other arrangement between the EU and an international organisation or a third country;  
  • When the Commission deems participation of the entity essential for carrying out the action funded through Horizon 2020.  

5. For Prizes, unless stated otherwise in the call conditions, any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, or international organisation may receive funding. 

Further Financing Information: 

The call opened 03/12/2019 and the deadline for submission is 21/04/2020.

Participants will be informed on the outcome of the evaluation maximum five months after the deadline and the grant agreement will be signed eight months after submission.

For more Information: 

For full documents and information see the EMFF webpage here.