Programme to support applied research and innovation in the energy sector
The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) has published the parameters of the first call for tenders in the THÉTA 2 programme. The programme supports applied research and innovation in the field of energy and is directly related to the THÉTA programme.
The programme is focused on transforming and modernising the energy sector, both by developing innovative technologies, technical solutions, and approaches applicable to the energy sector in the short, medium, and long term, and by producing analyses for decision-making in the energy sector and improving the regulatory framework. Supporting these activities will help to achieve the climate and energy targets that are part of the Czech Republic’s framework of commitments.
The tender opens a total of 3 sub-programmes:
- Sub-programme 1 – Research in the Public Interest with a focus on decarbonisation, decentralisation, digitalisation, and democratisation in the energy sector from a public interest perspective. Project proposals should be based on the needs of public administrations and offer outputs/results that can be used in the development of methodologies, strategy, and concept papers or regulatory frameworks. The intensity of support is up to 90% of the total eligible project costs with a maximum support of CZK 10 million.
- Sub-programme 2 – Energy Technologies for Competitiveness with a focus on the preparation of technologies and solutions with rapid application in practice to meet the climate, energy, and environmental objectives of the Czech Republic. The intensity of support is up to 60% of the total eligible costs with an unlimited maximum amount of support.
- Sub-programme 3 – Technologies to Ensure the Long-Term Sustainability of the Energy Sector, focusing on technologies and solutions at a lower stage of technological readiness level (TRL, typically 3 to 5), where results are not expected to be rapidly applicable in practice. The subsidy intensity is up to 85% of the total eligible costs with an unlimited maximum subsidy amount.
Who can apply for the subsidy?
- Companies and research organisations can become tender candidates.
- Projects can be implemented throughout the Czech Republic, including Prague.
What expenses can be covered?
- Personal costs
- Subcontracting costs
- Other direct costs
- Indirect costs
Dates and deadlines:
- Receipt of project proposals: 14 September 2023 – 27 October 2023
- Start of project implementation: May-July 2024
- Completion of project implementation: by December 2031
- Duration of project implementation: between 48-90 months depending on the sub-programme
- Type of tender: time-limited call (i.e. It is the quality of the project that is decisive, not the deadline for submission.)