Joint Call 2021

Accelerating heating and cooling transition

Announcement of Call for Proposals

The GEOTHERMICA Era-Net, in cooperation with the network Joint Programming Platform Smart Energy Systems (JPP SES), launches a joint call for proposals for transnational projects on 31 May 2021.

Consortia are invited to submit their project concepts by 4 October 2021 (15:00 UTC).

Our virtual Q&A Follow-Up Meeting took place on 30 June 2021.  Impressions from the 1-hour meeting include a presentation of Joint Call objectives followed by a Q&A session were recorded and are available online. See it under the following link here.

A call joining two networks
This Joint Call' 2021 seeks to accelerate the heating and cooling transition by bringing together national and regional programmes aimed at energy system integration and technological progress in the various heating and/or cooling technologies, with a strong presence but not limited to geothermal energy technologies. Both GEOTHERMICA & JPP SES networks have been organising Joint Calls in previous years and decided to join the know-how of seventeen energy research and innovation national funding agencies from fifteen countries involved in activities of ERA-Net GEOTHERMICA & JPP Smart Energy Systems to commit to the joint innovation initiative in coming years.

Thematic focus of the Joint Call
The GEOTHERMICA and JPP SES Joint Call "Accelerating the heating and cooling transition" targets projects with a significant impact on the heating and/or cooling transition. The Joint Call is a two-stage process asking in stage 1 for pre-proposals and stage 2 for full project proposals with a budget allocated at approximately €32,5 million.
The concept of the Joint Call combines integration issues and technology development illustrated in the model of thematic concepts below.

Scope-of-Joint-CallA significant proportion of the projects resulting from this call are expected to focus on district heating and/or cooling systems, which does not preclude projects with different scopes and projects on industrial heating and cooling innovation. The project should address one or more of the abovementioned elements of the heating and/or cooling chain. A significant proportion of the projects is also expected to focus on local and regional sources. Again, this does not preclude projects with different scopes.

Participating funding organisations clarify the national and regional funding possibilities in detail in published Call Text and Guidelines for Applicants- Annex 1. A national and regional focus on specific issues is subtle and creates opportunities for complementarity and joint progress.

The overall purpose of the Accelerating Heating and Cooling Transition is to resolve challenges facing communities to improve demand for heating and cooling and its integration in the overall energy system by taking innovative ideas and transforming them into reality. Joint Call Team encourage you to discover more details on the scope and call objectives directly in the published Call Text and Guidelines for Applicants document- to download below.

We look forward to receiving your pre-proposals applications for accelerating heating and cooling!

Let's build together an innovative pathway to heating and cooling transition! Don't miss the chance to be part of it! Funding provided by Joint Call Members from Austria, Wallonia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA.

Call q&A follow-up meeting recording

The virtual Q&A event was recorded and available online via the following link. 

See it under the following link here 


The virtual matchmaking platform is available online where you can start consortium building and co-create project proposal. Register to the online platform see here

The portal for virtual matchmaking is open from 31 May 2021 until 04 October 2021.

Time schedule


 Joint Call Text and Guidelines for Applicants

The full call text can be downloaded here
Project proposals must be submitted electronically on the Electronic Submission System (ESS). ESS direct link here

ESS opened on 15 June 2021 - the application form will be available on the ESS online platform. Supporting documents for submitting on the ESS online platform available as per Call Text and Guidelines for Applicant and below:

  • Pre- and full- proposals templates:
  • National submission: Many funding agencies will require, in parallel, national submission of the national part of the proposal according to the rules of the specific funding agencies. Check nationally!

Funding provided by

Joint-CAll-2021-logo-rowMore information on the budget available here