Joint Call 2020 (MICall20) on digital transformation for green energy transition

The call has been closed.

Details on the ambition and requirements of the call are explained in the call text document (here is the full text). The decision on projects will be made in November 2021.

Announcement of call for proposals 

The Joint Programming Platform Smart Energy Systems (JPP SES) in collaboration with the global initiative Mission Innovation is pleased to announce the Joint Call 2020 ("MICall20") on digital transformation for green energy transition. Together with the supporting activities "Validation Network with Living Labs and Testbeds” and "Associated Partner Network with Digital Platform Providers”, the launch of this Joint Call completes the successful start of the JPP SES Focus Initiative on digitalisation of the energy system ("EnerDigit”). The aim is to support transnational research and innovation activities unleashing the potential of digital transformation for a sustainable energy society. The total available budget for the Joint Call 2020 ("MICall20") exceeds € 25 Mio (including co-funding from the European Commission). The Joint Call 2020 has been launched on 14 December 2020. 

The Joint Call 2020 flyer can be downloaded here

All call related information will be released on this webpage, it will be updated in the course of the call processes.

Digital transformation for green energy transition


By accelerating the implementation, adaption and knowledge creation of digital solutions in energy systems and networks, this call supports the following objectives:
  • Advance the green energy transition in all sectors of the energy system while ensuring security of supply
  • Shaping new transnational business and investment opportunities by sector coupling and development of new value chains in innovative and cost-effective energy solutions, thereby creating new employment opportunities and contributing to the development of an environmentally sustainable financial growth
  • Ensuring social sustainability and coherence with digitalisation in other sectors in the progression of the green energy transition

Overall objectives

  • Increase the development and uptake of latest digital innovation and solutions in the energy domain
  • facilitate well established open and harmonised marketplaces that better connect the ICT and the energy domain
  • improve knowledge and awareness for policy makers, regulators and utilities on digital solutions

Indicative call procedure timings

 Proposal phase  Call opens  14 December 2020
 Deadline for compulsory registration of interest  17 February 2021, 14:00 CET
 Application portal opening for full proposal submissions  12 March 2021
 Full proposal submission deadline  06 May 2021, 14:00 CEST
 Selection phase  Project selection  November 2021
 Project phase  Project start date   Before 15 June 2022


Project proposals must be submitted electronically through the NordForsk Application Portal. 

The full call text can be downloaded here.

Please note the following call text updates: 

Update on 26 February 2021: 

Due to an unintended error in the call text, an adjustment has been made to the transnationality criteria. Please note the change on page 7, now stating that "Consortia must include at least two independent legal entities from two different EU Member States or Associated Countries, applying for funding from two different countries/regions participating in the Joint Call 2020"

Minor update on 29 January 2021:

Minor change in TACR national requirements for applicants based in the Czech Republic

National/Regional Funding Agencies Participating in this Call

Funding partners

Country/ region

Funding (€) (minimum regional/national funding available)

Organisation name

Contact person


2 000 000

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency

Urban Peyker, 

+43 5 77 55 5049

Czech Republic

1 000 000

Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

Eliška Šibrová, 

+420 773 464 012



1 340 600


Henrik T. Aa. Friis

+45 33 92 77 99


2 000 000

Business Finland Oy

Jarkko Piirto

Sini Uuttu


2 000 000

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Ralf Eickhoff 

+49 2461 61-9419

Stephan Schulte 

+49 2461 61-96649


1 000 000

Department of Science and Technology

Sanjay Bajpai 

(011) 26590283

Raghunath Reddy,

(011) 26590604


900 000

Ministry of Energy

Gideon Friedmann

Yael Harman

Yael Avraham


400 000


Dr Gunta Šlihta

+371 67359072

Dr Maija Bundule

+371 67785423


500 000



+212 6 63 78 10 60

Nordic and Baltic region (NOBA)

600 000

Nordic Energy Research

Sofia Elamson


500 000

Research Council of Norway

Khanh Tuan Le

+47 22037046



600 000

National Centre for Research and Development

Jolanta Drozdz,

+48 22 39 07 106


500 000

Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding

Elena Simion


Scotland (UK)

2 000 000

Scottish Enterprise

Karen Fraser; 

+44 141 468 5658


800 000

Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnologico Industrial E.P.E.

Marina Sopeña;

+34 91 581 56 07 / 04 89


2 000 000

Swedish Energy Agency

Fredrik Lundström

+46 (0) 16 544 21 12

Carolina Ahlqvist,

+46 (0) 16 542 06 04


2 500 000

Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications.

Michael Moser

+41 58 465 36 23


650 000

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey


Total sum

21 290 600


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