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RFCS – Big tickets for Coal – 2023

Research Fund for Coal and Steel - Big tickets for Coal aiming at assisting the EU's coal and steel industries to reduce their emissions.

34.8 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy Environment & Climate
Beneficiaries Large company (> 250 employees) Local Authority & Affiliated Entity Research centre & university Smes & Start-Ups (< 249 Employees)
Regions European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • Monitoring, managing and/or treating mine water in coal mines in the process of closure and formerly operating mines
  • Land monitoring, modelling, stabilisation and/or restoration
  • Waste and/or spoil treatment of mines in transition
  • Energy recovery associated with the mitigation and monitoring of methane emissions from formerly operating coal mines, coal mines identified for eventual closure in Territorial Just Transition Plans or coking coal mines (e.g. ventilation air methane (VAM) or abandoned mine methane (AMM) projects that oxidise methane and produce useful energy) and/or geothermal energy systems
  • Recycling materials and developing alternative materials, including recovery of critical raw materials
  • Repurposing of former coal and lignite mines as well as coal related infrastructure, including power supply services, with projects for energy storage, renewable energy, hydrogen or hybrid solutions that enable sector coupling or restoring the environment of former installations and their surroundings

Among financed actions 

  • RFCS Pilot and Demonstration Projects targeting the construction, operation and development of (significant parts of) installations on an appropriate scale and using suitably large components in order to examine the potential for putting theoretical or laboratory results into practice and/or increasing the reliability of the technical and economic data needed to progress to demonstration stage, and in certain cases to industrial and/or commercial stage

Additional information

  • This call  is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: Between 36 and 54 months


  • Be legal entities which carry out an R&D activity or substantially contribute to such an activity
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries
  • Total budget of the call: 34.8 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 5 and 9 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 50% of the total eligible costs

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