All you need to know about ACT in two minutes

ACT - Accelerating CCS Technologies

What is ACT?

ACT aims to Accelerate and mature CCS Technologies by making available funds for research and innovation activities.

A new instrument under Horizon 2020 called ERA NET Cofund is a new tool for European countries together with the European Commission (EC) to establish large common calls.

Ten partners from nine countries have established ACT, an ERA NET Cofund on CCS, with the objective of accelerating deployment of CCS.

What will ACT do?

Early in 2016, ACT will publish a joint call for RD&D proposals. The budget for the call is close to 41 million euro and the call will ask for large transnational projects that facilitate the incorporation of CCS in the energy and industrial sectors.

ACT Timeline

February 2016: Preannouncement of the call.

June, 2016: Call text to be published.

September, 2016: Due date for proposals, stage 1. Only sketches of how the projects will look like are required.

September, 2016: Invitation to second stage for all application passing stage 1

January, 2017: Due date for proposals, stage 2. Full proposals are required.

July, 2017: Evaluation of proposals completed

July, 2017: Signing contracts with new projects

July, 2020: Projects closing


ACT Partners

ACT partners from nine european countries

Indicative distribution of the budget

The total budget for the 2016 ACT call is close to 41 million euro

Provisional thematic areas

The ACT call will ask for RD&D projects that can lead to deployment of CCS in Europe. Project proposals with high industrial relevance and industrial involvement will be prioritised.

The call text is not defined yet, but most of the budget will most likely be spent on a few, but large projects addressing the thematic areas below.

Thematic areas:

  • Chain integration
    • Addressing RD&D gaps in the full CCS chain, including CO2 capture, transport, and storage, incorporating related case studies for social acceptance.
  • Capture
    • Capture techniques emphasising efficiency, competitive cost and flexible operations.
    • Advanced technologies aiming in a higher operational flexibility and energy efficient capture.
  • Transport
    • Pipelines and ship transport aimed at early operations of European CCS projects for power generation and indutry.
  • Storage
    • Measurement, monitoring and verification (MMV) at relevant storage sites and the surrounding geosphere emphasising tools and methodology
  • Utilisation as an integral part of the energy case
    • Optional CO2 utilisation via e.g. enhanced oil recovery (EOR) including prospective revenue streams and related viable business models, as a vehicle to make CO2 capture viable.


Please contact the ACT coordinator if you have any questions:

Ragnhild Rønneberg, The Research Council of Norway, +47 915 58 662,