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IEE-logoIEE-wind-EU-logo"Intelligent Energy-Europe" (IEE) 2007 - 2013

Updated: 2013

Index of this Page on Intelligent Energy for Europe (IEE):

· 2013 Last Call for Proposals.
2012 Call for Proposals. Read
· 2011 Call for Proposals. Read

· 2010 Call for Proposals. Read

· 2009 Call for Proposals. Read

· 2008 Call for Proposals is closed. Read

· 2007 Call for Proposals. Read
· About the Intelligent Energy for Europe (IEE) 2 Program 2007-2013. Read

2013 Last Call for Proposals

There was a last call for proposals in 2013 with expected deadline in the spring.

2012 Call for Proposals
The 2012 call for proposals was published on 20 December 2011 (read it here) with a deadline for the submission of proposals of 8 May 2012 except for the projects of BUILD UP SKILLS initiative (with deadlines 9 February 2012 and 30 April 2013).
Any public or private legal entities established in EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia can participate.
The project must involve at least three partnes from different countries (specific criteria for BUILD UP Skills and MLEI projects).
The application must be online.
Type of the projects: SAVE (EUR 15 million), ALTENER (EUR 11.5 million), STEER (EUR 12.5 million) and Integrated Initiatives (EUR 27 million).

The results will be notified to applicants in November 2012.

2011 Call for Proposals
In 2011, a new IEE call was opened for proposals for the Intelligent Energy for Europe program (IEE) for support of promotion activities for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Deadline for submission is: 12 May 2011.
The indicative total amount available for the 2011 Call is EUR 67 million.
The projects type are: SAVE (EUR 12 million), ALTERNER (EUR 16 million), STEER (EUR 12 million), Integrated Projects (EUR 29 million).
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 under the Integrated Projects, where EU funding can be up to 90% of the total eligible costs. This category is budgeted to EUR 8 million.

Usually there are many good proposals, so only about 1/6 - 1/8 of the proposals receive a grant. There must be at least 3 partners in a proposal; but most successful proposals have at least 6. Any public or private organisation from the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Croatia can apply. Applying for IEE funding is a highly competitive process. The project proposals must be of a high professional quality to have a reasonable chance of being selected for funding. Only online applications are possible.


2010 Call for Proposals
In 2010, a new IEE call was opened for proposals for the Intelligent Energy for Europe program (IEE) for support of promotion activities for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Deadline for submission was 24 June, 2010 with a start in March 2011.

44 projects were shortlisted out of 349 proposals submitted to the 2010 IEE Call for Proposal. This means that only 1/8 of the proposals received grant. About 3000 organisations participated in the proposals. The participants were based in the 27 EU Member States as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Croatia. About 50% of the applicants were small and medium sized enterprises, followed by a substantial number of public authorities and non-governmental organisations. For the second year in a row, the number of projects in the field of transport has considerably increased.

In 2010, the total amount of support was 58 million Euro and the support could be up to 75% of the total cost.

See the Projects in the IEE Database:

2009 Call for Proposals

- The total budget for calls in 2009 was 65 million Euro and a typical project is around 1 million Euro.
- The EU can pay up to 75% of project´s cost
- Only 1/6 of the proposals receive support in 2007.
- It is not an NGO grant. NGOs can participate on equal terms with others, but only if the NGOs represents less than 25% of the partners.

See the Projects in the IEE Database:

2008 Call for Proposals
In 2008, the EU Commission launched a new IEE Call for Proposals on 12 March with a deadline on 26 June. The campaigns and other activities to directly increase use of energy efficiency and renewable energy had highest priority.

See the Projects in the IEE Database:

2007 Call for Proposals
In 2007, there was one IEE Call for Proposals with a deadline in September. Some clear improvements for proposes compared with previous years were that the EU can support up to 75%, that an overhead rate of 60% is accepted on wages, and that the proposal just have to be sent on the date of the deadline (date of postmark counts).

INFORSE-Europe has made proposals for improvements based on the 2007 Call for Proposals and work programme, see here

About the Intelligent Energy (IEE) for Europe 2 Program 2007-2013
In October 2006, the European Energy Ministers approved a continuation of the Intelligent Energy for Europe (IEE) programme, for support of sustainable energy for the period 2007-2013. It includes the old SAVE and ALTENER programmes for non-technical support for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and is itself part of the new large ”Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme” (CIP). The annual budget for the new IEE programme is in average € 91 million for the each of the seven years that it will run. This is substantially more than the 50 million €/year that the previous IEE program had for 2003-2006.

The originally proposed budget for the new IEE was € 730 million for the seven years. The Commission adopted the proposal on April 6, 2005 as the COM(2005) 121 final and the first reading in the Parliament finished June 1, 2006.

The new IEE will support more rational, efficient, and sustainable patterns in energy use, by identifying and removing administrative, communications, and other non-technological barriers.
As a part of the global CIP Program, the IEE also targets sustainable economic growth with job creation, greater social cohesion and higher quality of life, while preventing waste of natural resources. With the promotion of the EU Parliament eco-innovation will be supported.

In that perspective, the following projects shall be supported:

  • Strategic studies on energy trends for the preparation of future legislative measures as well as the development of standards, labelling and certification systems.
  • Creation, enlargement or reorganisation of structures and instruments for sustainable energy development. This includes local and regional energy management, and the development of adequate financial products and market instruments.
  • Promotion of sustainable energy systems and equipment in order to accelerate their penetration of the market and stimulate investment. Awareness campaigns and the creation of institutional capabilities should also be supported.
  • Development of information, education and training structures.
  • Promotion of know-how and best practices through operational transnational networks.

Read more about the new Intelligent Energy-Europe (IEE) 2007-2013 at:

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