GEOTHERMICA & JPP SES: joint call 2021 accelerating heating and cooling transition

The GEOTHERMICA and the Joint Programming Platform Smart Energy Systems (JPP SES) joint call 2021 targets projects aiming to make significant impacts in the heating and/or cooling transition. Learn more about the call below.

Subsidy: Ranges from €0.2M to €8M (depending on your location).

Total budget: €32,5 million

Funding rate: Depending on country, entity and type of activities. Usually around 50% for SMEs, 100% for research institutions.


  • Pre-proposal: 4 October 2021
  • Full proposal: 31 January 2022

Project duration: 3 years

Consortium: At least three eligible applicants from at least two participating countries must be in the consortium. Companies, research organisations, universities and higher education institutions, industry organisations, local/regional governments and NGOs are eligible.

Participating countries: Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, Turkey, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Romania, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Hungary, USA

Scope: The focus should be on thermal energy systems, and technologies should preferentially be suitable for retrofit, overall contributing to one or more of the following objectives:

  • Climate-neutral resources for heating and/or cooling, including subsurface (shallow and deep geothermal, solar thermal, and other sources of renewable heating and cooling) and utilisation of local and regional excess resources.
  • A resource-efficient and sustainable distribution, storage and utilisation of heating and/or cooling. This includes short time and seasonal thermal storage options, and innovations for heating and cooling networks, and conversion technologies such as heat pumps to distribute the heating and cooling and adjust the temperature level where needed.

Integration of Heating and/or cooling in the local and regional energy systems, including aspects of sector coupling, smart integration and control tools which shall leverage synergies and utilise flexibilities in locally and regionally available energy sources, urban planning on the local and regional infrastructures as well as the user and consumer structures from different sectors (including, e.g. communities, industrial facilities, or the transportation system) and related consumption patterns.

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