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CLIMIT-CATO joint bilateral Norwegian-Dutch call

Funding is available for R&D Projects for with start-up in 2015. This call encompasses the thematic areas: 1. CO2 utilization and storage and 2. CO2 transport. Additional industrial funding is required according to national regulations (Norway, the Netherlands).

Other support Choose
27.05.2015 13:00 CEST


Minor changes in the call for proposal may occur until the call is active. The call for proposals will be activated six weeks before the deadline.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

The national research programmes CATO and CLIMIT have contributed significantly to the development of demonstration projects and to the leading role of Norway and The Netherlands in developing an integrated chain for CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and storage). As frontrunners in CCS research, Norway and The Netherlands have decided to engage in a combined call for R&D project proposals in the field of CO2 Use, Transport, and Storage. This call is a bi-lateral initiative with no EC-involvement. The execution of this call may be seen as a first attempt to synchronize national research agendas. It is recognized that – as research budgets are made available through regular (national) funding mechanisms – budgets awarded under this call will be constrained by the respective national funding regimes. Such constraints may address restrictions in scope as well as requirements pertaining to e.g., the eligibility of costs.

Parties are invited to submit project proposals that address CCUS and focus on the implementation of mechanisms to better utilize the invaluable stock of knowledge capital acquired to date under CATO and CLIMIT programs thus improving the business case for CCUS projects. In particular parties are invited to submit proposals that relate to CO2 Utilization and Transport & Chain Integration.

Proposals can either address one of these topics in their proposals, or select to address both topics in integrated projects:
1. CO2 Utilization and Storage
2. CO2 Transport

The Joint Bilateral Call will have the following funding principles: the national financial contributions to a virtual common pot will be assigned to project Beneficiaries of that respective country only, in accordance with national and regional regulations. Cross-border funding is not envisaged.

The overall budget of the Joint Bilateral Call is the sum of the individual budgets allocated by each participating Funding Institution. If more than one Funding Institution from a given country participates in the Joint Bilateral Call, the added amount of these Funding Institutions is considered as the country’s overall Joint Bilateral Call contribution.

Below is an overview of the individual national/regional contributions assigned to the Joint Bilateral Call budget by each participating Funding Institution:

Country/Funding institution Norway: Gassnova and CLIMIT
Amount: ~650 kEuro

Country/Funding institution Netherlands: TKI-GAS and CATO
Amount: ~650 kEuro

Overall call budget: ~1300 k Euro

It is expected that about 2-3 projects will be funded through the Joint Bilateral Call.

National and Regional Funding Regulations

Norway (CLIMIT Gassnova)
• The call is open for projects under the regulations given by CLIMIT Demo (see link in the right margins: "CLIMIT Demo: Governing documents")

The Netherlands (CATO/TKI-GAS)
• Proposal guidance and eligibility TKI-toeslag regeling 2013 (see link in the right margins: "TKI-toeslag regeling 2013")

Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:

The Norwegian-Dutch CLIMIT-CATO bilateral call is administrated by the Research Council of Norway through the CLIMIT programme. Applications from both the Netherlands and Norway must be submitted via the CLIMIT call webpage. Each project submits one application by the overall project manager's institution. The project manager may come from the Netherlands or from Norway. The project description must be submitted using the designated template for the CLIMIT-CATO call. The project description must specify the distribution of costs among the various partners and the amount of funding required from each country.

1. Topics for Joint Actions

Topic 1. CO2 Utilization and Storage


R&D that can help improving the business case for CCUS through CO2 use in enhanced hydrocarbon recovery (EHR – oil, condensate, and gas) and simultaneously CO2 storage.

There is a growing body of research and commercial interest in the use of anthropogenic CO2. EOR operations have injected CO2 for decades mainly onshore in North America, and income from EOR could be the incentive to the expansion of CO2 EOR technology and CO2 storage from the USA and Canada to the North Sea. The application of CO2-EHR in the North Sea Basin presents a series of technological challenges that need to be taken into account including:

  • Restricted platform space, reuse of existing platforms, requirements for additional wells for injection & production;
  • Potential to use subsea processing equipment (compression, separation, etc.);
  • Relining existing wells to make them more corrosion-resistant;
  • Injection into depleted gas fields;
  • High investment costs even to characterise an existing reservoir to a point where a Final Investment Decision can be made;
  • Availability of CO2 at low cost, delivery;
  • Conversion of a HC field to CCUS;
  • Proving CO2 containment after abandonment or decommissioning.

There are a number of variables that affect the viability of CO2-EOR.  Each field will have site-specific criteria that influence suitability for the technique and the associated costs.  Consequently, generic costs may lack validity. To reflect how site-specific conditions might affect CO2-EOR this call is focused on developing case studies to be produced based on accurate contemporary cost data for CAPEX, OPEX and the cost of CO2.

Expected impact:

Parties are invited to explicitly address the expected impact of their research effort in terms of the short- and long-term scientific impact, the economic impact, and the environmental impact (climate gain). They are furthermore invited to detail on the envisioned exploitation of their results.

Topic 2. CO2 Transport


Focusing on common user infrastructure, integrated CO2 transport systems and full CCUS chain integration and scale up issues. While initial CCUS projects will most likely follow a ‘single source-to-single sink’ model, over time project dynamics and infrastructure requirements will grow more complex as project proponents seek to utilize the infrastructure of the first movers through multi-user pipelines; pressure maintenance equipment; injection and storage sites etc.  Also EOR projects require CO2 from multiple sources to assure the delivery of enough CO2. Accordingly, cost curtailment and design optimization are key considerations right from the start of CCUS system development, requiring a full understanding of the relationship between system requirements and technical design. While pipeline transport of CO2 is an industrial operation, even though verified design models are still lacking for CO2 mixes and highly flexible operation, emerging work on ship based transport of CO2 to EOR locations in the North Sea is being pioneered.

The main aim for this call is focused at:

  • Technical aspects – design of the entire CCUS chain (capture, compression, transport, and usage/storage) needs to be optimized. The impact of CO2 quality (impurities) on chain management is not fully understood or modelled, and neither is the impact of varying quantities of available CO2 over the lifetime of the entire chain. Third party access (and associated technical challenges) needs to be addressed more fully.

Expected impact:

Parties are invited to explicitly address the expected impact of their research effort in terms of the short- and long-term scientific impact, the economic impact, and the environmental impact (climate gain). They are furthermore invited to detail on the envisioned exploitation of their results.

2. Additional information

All applications must include at least one research partner from each of the two different countries and the division of work between the two countries should be balanced (as a rule of thumb partners from the same country may account for about  60 per cent of the total budget, excluding private co-funding). Additional industrial funding is required according to national regulations (Norway, the Netherlands).

For Norway the current call asks for projects under the ESA classification “industrial research “.  Such projects are subject to max 50% state support increasing to 65% provided publishing of results and/or international cooperation. For the Netherlands the current call involves the execution of projects under the “TKI-toeslag ruling” for which state support is maximized depending on the nature of the research.

2.1 Participating countries

The following countries have agreed to participate through national Funding Institutions:

  • Norway:                    Gassnova/CLIMIT program
  • The Netherlands:      TKI Gas/CATO program

2.2 Eligible beneficiaries and composition of the consortia

In general, funding in the Joint Bilateral Call will be for industry, public and private legal RTD entities, higher education institutions and non-university research establishments (research institution) (the “Beneficiaries”) depending on the regulations of each Joint Call Funding Institution. The Joint Call Funding Institutions will individually decide on the eligible Beneficiaries (and the percentage of funding) in their countries/regions according to their national/regional regulations and restrictions. The national/regional regulations on this issue will be indicated in the annexes to the Call Text. However, for all projects private funding is required. A confirmation letter of the private sponsoring has to be submitted at the time of proposal submission.

Each project consortium shall consist of at least one Beneficiaries established in each of the participating countries.

The number of partners of a project consortium should be appropriate for the aims of the research project and reasonably balanced in terms of bilateral participation. Each project should clearly demonstrate the added value of working together.

Each project consortium should choose one principal project manager, and one responsible from the other participating country. The principal project manager will be responsible for submitting the proposal on behalf of the whole consortium.

Researchers/research teams outside the Netherlands and Norway may participate as associates in a project consortium if they can prove that they have secured funding from other sources that allows them to fulfil their obligations within the consortium. A confirmation letter should be included.

2.3 Eligible costs and duration of funding

Within the framework of the Joint Bilateral Call, costs eligible for funding are:

  • Travel costs: Only travels to the countries participating in the Joint Call are eligible. In case of additional partners (researchers who are from another country other than those participating in the Joint Bilateral Call and who secure their own funding), travels to this country are also eligible.
  • Expenses for the organisation of small scientific events: Room rent, catering, printing of conference brochures, travel and accommodation of invited external experts (that do not form part of the project consortium but are considered necessary for the success of the event) are eligible.
  • Research material and small-scale research equipment: Consumables, small equipment and subcontracting (for example for the fabrication of samples at a specialised facility) are eligible if its need is listed in detail and duly justified.
  • Personnel costs

The eligibility of all costs depends on the national/regional regulations applied by each Joint Call Funding Institution and should be calculated accordingly.

All project partners are advised to contact their national and Regional Contact Persons (see Part. 3) for further information on eligible costs and national specifications.

Funding will be provided for the maximum duration of 2,5 years. The funding of projects should start earliest in October 2015 and should be concluded by December 31st 2017.

3. Legal clauses

Each consortium funded through the Joint Bilateral Call is strongly advised to conclude a Consortium Agreement listing the rights and responsibilities of each project partner. Depending on the nature of the funded project, special regulations should be included in the Consortium Agreement (e.g. as regards Intellectual Property Rights).

4. Indicative timetable


Publication of the Call for Proposals

March 2015

Deadline for proposal submission

May 27th,  2015

Eligibility check

June 2015

Referees evaluations

June 2015 – August 2015

Funding Organisations Forum meeting

September 2015

Information of applicants about the results of the evaluation

September 2015

Preparation of national funding contracts/funding decisions

September 2015

Start of projects

October 2015