EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program)

The EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program) is a funding scheme under the Danish Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen), which supports private companies and universities to develop and demonstrate new and innovative energy technologies. 

Next EUDP deadlines:

Spring 2022

The program supports a wide spectrum of energy technologies, i.e. renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency technologies, conversion technologies such as fuel cells and hydrogen, integration of energy systems including storage, more efficient methods for recovery of oil and gas, and storage of CO2.

Support is provided following EU state aid rules. Through the EUDP, the Danish Energy Agency aims to reach Denmark’s goal of a 70% reduction in CO2 equivalents in 2030 and support Denmark’s path towards becoming fossil fuel-free by 2050. Thus, the program’s focus is on energy-efficient projects that contribute to the Danish energy industry’s growth and employment.

EUDP call 2021

  • General funding: 520 mio DKK
  • Power-to-X pool funding: 16.5 mio DKK
  • CO2 storage in the North Sea: 197 mio DKK
  • Two additional special pools yet to be announced
  • Deadline for applications: 3d September 2021
  • Consultation process period: September to November 2021
  • EUDP decision: mid December 2021

Who can apply?

EUDP support/funding can be sought by private or public companies or knowledge institutions, including universities and Godkendte Teknologiske Serviceinstitutter (GTS – government-approved research and organization institutes) that are registered in Danish CVR. This means that any type of project, from large-scale projects, to SMEs, to companies in collaboration with universities and  GTS institutes, are eligible to apply for funding.

Can non-Danish projects apply?

Foreign project participants can also apply for funding, as long as the project contributes to the technology development in Denmark, and the main applicant is registered with a Danish CVR.

In 2017 the EUDP set out its new strategy, focusing on supporting development and demonstration projects that utilize Danish business potentials and that also participate in international cooperations within the EU, IEA, and Mission Innovation.

What language must the application be written in?

If the project is applying for more than DKK 3 million, the application must be completed in English. If the amount of funding requested is less than DKK 3 million, the application can be written in English or Danish. Projects can though apply for an exemption to write the application in Danish, if the aid amount is less than DKK 15 million.

What type of support can a project apply for?

Projects can apply for funding or grants.

How much funding can a project apply for?

There is no upper or lower limit for how much funding a project can apply for.

How much grant can a project apply for?

There is no fixed subsidy rate for projects. Once the applicant specifies the aid percentage according to the budget,  the EUDP board will decide how much grant give to the project, according to the company size, the project type, the commercial aspects as well as technical and financial risks involved.

  • Public funding of research and development activities: up to 90%
  • Research institutions/universities: up to 70% in support of eligible costs for participation in IEA cooperation.
  • For feasibility studies: up to 60% is supported

What are the evaluation criteria?

1. Purpose of the project: the purpose of the project and the state of the technology must be clearly described and include an innovative technological development that is feasible, can be replicated and can be scaled
2. Project schedule, structure and feasibility: the content of the project must be clearly described and organized in work packages
3. The green and commercial effects of the project: the commercial effects of the project as well as its relation to the EUDP objectives must be described both in a quantitative and qualitative way
4. Dissemination: the application must provide a good and clear explanation of how the results of the project are intended to be communicated
5. Organization: the participants and their respective parties must be reasonably accounted for their competencies
6. Budget and financing: the project budget must be proportionate to the project’s goals and the expected results must be reasonably stated
7. Incentive effect: the project must provide a clear explanation of how the EUDP funding will contribute to its successful implementation
8. Market: a competitors overview and market potential for the developed technology must be clearly described (where, when, how big) as well as the marketing plan, the targeted audience and the added value the project will bring
9. Research subject content: projects containing research and/or research training must contain a clear description of the research content according to the requirements described in the special research section

What is required in the Application and how can I apply?

To be considered for a grant from the EUDP program, a number of documents and requirements must be fulfilled:

Required Documents (Appendices)

  • Appendix 1: Application Form
  • Appendix 2: Budget (Project Finances)
  • Appendix 3: Gantt Chart
  • Appendix 4: Business Model Canvas
  • Appendix 5: CVs. As a minimum, a CV for the project manager (compiled into one file, if several). CVs for all project participants whose research is included (collected in one file)
  • Appendix 6: Declaration of Participation (from all project participants)
  • Appendix 7: Declaration of repayment of aid
  • Appendix 8: Description of research content for the research-technical evaluation
  • Other appendices (Optional): business plan, etc.

To apply for a grant from the EUDP, you must submit the application containing all the previous Appendixes through the application portal.

What happens if the project is granted funding?

  1. Publication: information on the winning projects will be published on The Danish Energy Agency’s website, and
  2. The secretariat for the EUDP will then send a project agreement (what was previously called a letter of commitment). Within a month, the document must be signed and submitted to the EUDP Secretariat.
  3. The EUDP can then provide the funding. Unless agreed otherwise, the budget version provided in the application will be used as a reference for the payments. throughout the process.
  4. If there is any need to make changes to the project during the project period, the secretariat must be informed through written notification, in order to decide whether the change can be approved by the EUDP. This applies to changes in terms of budget, financing, project participants, schedule, project description, key employees of the project manager and the project participants, etc.

Are winning projects required to provide reports?

Yes. On July 31 of each year, projects must submit an annual report to the EUDP Secretariat for the preceding period. Along the way, any issues that are particularly relevant to the specific project will be followed up. When the project ends, a final report must also be submitted to the EUDP Secretariat. The project manager/institution is responsible for providing reports on the project progress/finances to the EUDP.

Can a project be resubmitted in the next EUDP if it is unsuccessful?

Yes, projects can be resubmitted.

Can 1st Mile help me with the application process?

Yes, 1st Mile has a long-dated expertise in submitting winning applications to the EUDP, with a success rate of 75% of the applications submitted.

1st Mile doesn’t have strict criteria in selecting projects eligible for funding, i.e. size, number of employees, stage of development, turnover, number of previous attempts in getting the funding. Instead, 1st Mile individually assesses the project and its participants, always keeping in mind the ability of the company to deliver information/input for the application. The more the company is able to deliver the technical input required, the easier it will be for 1st Mile to get the required information for applying.

To read the full EUDP call, please click here.

How much of my time does 1st Mile require to apply for EUDP funding?

When 1st Mile and the applying company start a collaboration, the applying company should consider 1-2 working weeks of commitment. This is the time needed to get all the requested input, prepare company CVs, gather partners, have meetings. 1stMile’s time commitment depends a lot on the company; the easier it is to gather the information, the least time is required to finish an application.

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