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RFCS – Research Fund for Coal & Steel – 2023

Research Fund for Coal and Steel - Research Fund for Coal & Steel aiming at supporting the phasing out of fossil fuels, developing alternative activities on former mine sites and avoiding or addressing the environmental damage from coal mines in the process of closure.

40 million euro

Appeal framework

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Program Research Fund for Coal & Steel
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


  • To support the just transition of the coal sector and regions
  • To improve health and safety
  • To minimise the environmental impacts of coal mines in transition

Among financed actions

  • Investigative or experimental work
  • Construction, operation and development of installations on an appropriate scale and using suitably large components
  • The construction and/or operation of an industrial-scale installation
  • Accompanying Measures

Additional information

  • This call is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: 18 between and 36 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: 40 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 1 and 20,5 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 50% of the total eligible costs

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