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Hydrogen, Microelectronics and Cloud Infrastructure

Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI)

IPCEI projects are Important Projects of Common European Interest. Through this, the EU encourages member states to pool resources in large integrated projects that contribute to the competitiveness of the European Union. Through these projects, significant market failures or major societal challenges can be addressed where there would otherwise be no solution.

The Netherlands participates in several IPCEI initiatives: IPCEI Health, IPCEI Cloud Infrastructure (CIS), IPCEI Microelectronics 2 (ME2) and IPCEI Hydrogen (H2). The description below focuses on IPCEI Hydrogen.

In brief

IPCEI overview

For whom.




Knowledge Institutions


IPCEI works with official application rounds (referred to here as "waves").

How much?

The available grant budget varies by application round ("wave"):

  • IPCEI Hydrogen, Wave 1: 35 million euros.
  • IPCEI Hydrogen, Wave 2: 783.5 million euros.
  • IPCEI Hydrogen, Wave 3: 600 million euros.
  • IPCEI Hydrogen, Wave 4: circa 200 million euros.

What for?

The emphasis is on investment projects, but research and development projects can also receive funding.

Overview of

IPCEI themes.

Grant themes vary by application round ( called “waves”).

Within IPCEI Hydrogen is about:

  • Wave 1 (‘Hy2Tech’): hydrogen technology. Was open from 25 February 2022 to 11 March 2022.
  • Wave 2 (“Hy2Use”): hydrogen production by electrolysis. Open from 1 September 2022 to 14 September 2022.
  • Wave 3 (“RHATL”): hydrogen import and storage. Was open from 15 November to 14 December 2022.
  • Wave 4 (‘M&T’): hydrogen applications in mobility & transportation. Was open from 15 February 2023 to 18 April 2023 (original closing date was: 14 March 2023).
ipcei grant themes

Meet the requirements

IPCEI Terms and Conditions

Your project:

must be innovative and add significant value;

perform in the country where IPCEI is applied for;

should have a significant impact across the EU;

must be co-funded by the beneficiaries.

Why this grant?

Purpose of IPCEI

IPCEI aims to bring together national projects and create one large European project. Are there enough interested parties in a participating state? Then these parties can receive additional government support. Up to 100 percent of the unprofitable top can be subsidized.

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