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Building a research-dedicated Europe

IFPEN contributes to the development of road maps guiding and structuring European research.

An active player in numerous projects, technological platforms and networks, IFPEN is participating in the construction of a European research area in the fields of energy and transport.

IFPEN has worked for many years alongside industrial and academic research partners within various European structures, particularly via a variety of technological platforms:

  • European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy - technological platform (ETIP Bioenergy)
  • and European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC).

As a member of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), IFPEN contributes to the implementation of the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) plan.

IFPEN has also invested in new public-private partnerships launched within the context of the European Horizon 2020 program:

  • particularly in the European Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVI),
  • and in the joint technological initiative on Bio-Based Industries (BBI).

To further reinforce its European integration and increase its contribution to the development of road maps guiding and structuring European research, in 2015, IFPEN joined the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations (EARTO). This association brings together applied research institutions in Europe, promoting their interests to the Commission.

Thanks to its integration, IFPEN plays a central role in strategic partnerships and is ideally positioned to respond to calls for proposals published by the European Commission.

IFPEN's participation in European program structures:        




ZEP (Zero Emission Platform - technological platform)


ETIP Bioenergy (European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy - technological platform)

FlightPath 2020 (aviation), network member


EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association)

ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council - technological platform)

European Automotive Research Partners Association (EARPA)

Sustainable  industries

BioBased Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)

Sustainable  resources

EERA Shale gas Joint Programme


EERA economic, environmental and social impacts (EERA E3S) Joint Programme

EERA Advanced Materials and Processes for Energy Application (EERA AMPEA) Joint Programme


Horizon 2020 program (2014-2020)  


Horizon 2020 is the European Union's research and innovation (R&I) funding program for the period 2014-2020. It follows on from FP7 (Framework Program for research, and technological development) covering the period 2007-2013.

The total budget for the Horizon 2020 program is 74.8 billion Euros over 7 years.

This is intended to fund multidisciplinary projects covering the complete innovation chain: from fundamental research to preparation for the marketing of technologies.

The Horizon 2020 program is hinged around three priorities:

  • excellent science: support the best ideas, develop talent in Europe, give researchers access to unique research infrastructures, make Europe attractive to the world’s best researchers;
  • industrial leadership: develop Key Enabling Technologies (KET) for the competitiveness of European companies and help innovative SMEs to become major players on the global market;
  • societal challenges: address the main societal challenges facing Europe, including access to clean, safe and efficient energy, smart, green and integrated transport and optimized use of resources and raw materials to effectively tackle climate change.

The Horizon 2020 program also funds the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT aims to reinforce the triangle of knowledge (research, innovation and training) by supporting Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). The latter bring together academic and industrial players to focus on themes related to major societal challenges hinged around three activities:

  • innovation projects,
  • start-up creation,
  • training (Phd and Masters).


+ Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) website

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