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Research and innovation

Why the EU supports fusion research and innovation

Fusion has the potential to provide a safe, cost-efficient and sustainable solution to European and global energy needs. Fusion energy has no difficult waste issues and is climate friendly.

European fusion laboratories collaborate through a consortium called EUROfusion - the European Consortium for Development of Fusion Energy - in line with the long-term strategy set out in the European research roadmap to the realisation of fusion energy.

The EU contributes €679 million to EUROfusion through H2020 Euratom

ITER is of key importance in the roadmap, as it aims to prove the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion as a future energy source. Although ITER itself will not produce electricity, DEMO - the device that will follow - will likely model a real future fusion power plant and produce electricity, with the goal of fusion electricity in the grid by 2050.

More about fusion energy and ITER

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe - Cluster 5: Climate, Energy and Mobility

Calls for proposal on energy related themes in Horizon Europe and information on the work programme.


The Euratom programme provides funding for fusion research

Connecting Europe Facility - energy

CEF energy funds and finances energy infrastructure projects

NER 300 programme

Funding for innovative low-carbon technology research with focus on environmentally safe Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy technologies

LIFE+ Climate Action

Co-financing for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation research, supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy

European structural and investment funds (ESIF)

Energy research related calls may be found in these funds


EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) aims to make it easier for SMEs to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle

SOFT Innovation Prize

Prize rewarding outstanding researchers or industries who find new solutions to the huge challenges of fusion energy.

Prize for renewable energy islands

Prize rewarding achievements in local renewable energy production for electricity, heating, cooling and transport on islands.

Projects and results

Research project database (CORDIS)

The Commission's primary portal for EU-funded research projects and their results

Project success stories

Stories of particularly successful EU-funded projects

Horizon Magazine

Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU.

Horizon 2020 dashboard

Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more

Horizon Results Platform

Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships.

Results packs on energy

Thematic collections of innovative EU-funded research results in the energy field

Collaboration and jobs

Find project partners

Find partners for open EU calls for proposal

Public-private partnerships

Collaborate in energy research and innovation public-private partnerships

International cooperation

International cooperation between the EU and global stakeholders in energy


Researcher jobs in related fields


European Consortium for Development of Fusion Energy, managing research activities on behalf of Euratom

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Strategic Energy Technologies Information System (SETIS)

SET-Plan implementation progress reports giving data by priority area, country and energy source

Scientific publications

Scientific energy research publications published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Energy research tools and databases

The Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools. You can access energy research related ones here

EU publications portal

Online library of EU energy research publications

EU Open Data Portal

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes


You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE