FENCO-ERA WP and Tasks

WP 1 Coordination and Management (PtJ)

A management structure is used to carry out FENCO-ERA.NET activities. This structure has the potential to continue after the project is finished.
The FENCO-ERA.Net project is managed by an umbrella structure that provides a strategic direction, an identity, and coordination services for the co-operative activities of the participating Member States.

An Executive Committee (ExCo) has been established, with two high level representatives from each country, where decisions are made about the joint activities and joint multinational research. In the third year of this project, a decision about the future direction and content of this collaboration will be taken by the ExCo.

The project also established a Management Board (MB), consisting of the Coordinator, two Vice Coordinators and all Work Package leaders. The MB is responsible for the overall management of the coordination activities, as well as horizontal functions that apply to several areas for which coordination activities are carried out.

The central management function is continuously developed over time in accordance with experience gained from the co-operation.

The long-term view is that this overall structure will not be dependent on financial support from the Framework Programme.

  • Task 1.1 Participation in ExCo and MB meetings
  • Task 1.2 Organisation of network activities
  • Task 1.3 Technical and scientifical management
  • Task 1.4 Financial and administrative management


WP 2 Information Exchange (AEA)

One of the main goals of WP2 is to set up a database to enable a continuous, structured and systematic exchange of national programme information amongst the partners and adjust national working methods where possible.

This WP will deliver an information forum for fossil energy programme managers which will include information on ongoing programmes as well as systematic exchange of information and best practice on programme management.

The purpose of this package is for Programme Managers to learn from other participants what the benefits and disadvantages of each approach are, and to adjust their working methods accordingly.

Exchange on R&D priorities will be available electronically for a continuous info- exchange between the programmes.

Meetings and Workshops will supplement a written exchange of information. These meetings or workshops will be carried out either in conjunction with the MB meetings, or with the Workshops carried out in WP3.

  • Task 2.1 Establish a structure for information gathering
  • Task 2.2 Information gathering on national fossil fuel programes
  • Task 2.3 Establishment of a database on national fuels prorammes
  • Task 2.4 Organise workshops on national fossil fuel programmes


WP 3 Strategic Activities (AEA/PtJ)

A strategic approach for the multi-national programmes for clean fossil energy is required. This will be developed by making use of national research programmes, foresight studies, roadmaps etc. At present each country has its own approach and this activity will contribute to define an Action Plan for the promotion and creation of multi-national programmes and, thus, a European Fossil Energy Research Area. The intermediate and final results will be presented on workshops to relevant experts for comments and approval.

Some national programmes are using advisory committees for road mapping and strategic issues. This could be seen as an example to initiate similar groups in other countries which could then lead to transnational committees on European level.

The work will produce a consensus of the participants on what area programmes/projects to prioritise within FENCO-ERA.NET. The next step is the assessment of different programmes and evaluation approaches. The outcome of the WP2, along with results from WP4 and 5, will be an Action Plan for the European Fossil Energy Research Area.

In the existing programmes (such as COORETEC and UK Clean Fossil Fuel Programme), it was identified the importance of stakeholders in the preparation and co-financings schemes, especially in the area of clean fossil energy. The experience resulting from the involvement of stakeholders (industry, financial entities, NGOs and other actors) in the national programmes will be analysed and assessed. A strategy for the involvement and contribution of stakeholders to National and Multinational Programmes will be defined.

  • Task 3.1 Assessment of different progamme and evalaution approaches
  • Task 3.2 Action plan for the European Fossil Energy Research Area
  • Task 3.3 Involvement of stakeholders


WP 4 Joint Activities (CERTH)

Topics suitable for co-operation will be selected according to the results obtained from WP2 and WP3. A limited number of suitable activities will be preliminary selected by the ExCo of the FENCO-ERA.NET project. Activities more likely to be executed are presented below.

Comparison of the evaluation procedures on national levels will be made. Weaknesses and strengths of each national evaluation procedure will be incorporated into the summary report of the results. The report will concentrate on all technologies that contribute towards the development of zero emission fossil fuel fuelled power generation. Specifically it will adress those technologies which are not covered by the EC Framework Programme but by national or regional programmes

Models for co-operation will be developed. The development of models is crucial to secure effective and efficient networking, coordination, co-operation and integration of the national programmes. Harmonisation on legal aspects, selection criteria, evaluation methods, financial support and monitoring methods is required.

In conjunction with WP5, recommendations will be provided concerning the future of co-operation, after the project’s completion date. These recommendations can be considered as a base for the creation of a framework, ensuring an organisational as well as a management structure, capable of supporting the co-operation between national programmes, in the form of joint programmes, after this project is completed. The developed framework will provide guidance for the decision making process.

  • Task 4.1 Development of cooperation models on research programmes
  • Task 4.2 Evaluation Criteria
  • Task 4.3 Joint monitoring
  • Task 4.4 Recommendations for a framework supporting long lasting cooperation


WP 5 Transnational Activities (SenterNovem)

The European Countries have different clean fossil fuels policy programmes and subsidy schemes. Overlap partly occurs due to similarities and differences in interest. Global comparison shows that the activities of the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan significantly exceed the budgets available in the different European countries. If the European Union wants to become a key player in the area of Clean Fossil Fuels it has to streamline their effort, and strive towards coordinated research and development activities. The first step is to review the present situation (amongst WP3 and WP4) and secondly to define and implement joint management systems for public funding (WP5). This working package focuses on presenting to WP3 the key findings from pilots for the strategic recommendations.

WP 5 will be conducted during the execution of WP3 and WP4. Introducing task 5.1 is done in order to guard the quality of the gathered information and make transnational comparison and merging during WP5 possible.

WP 3 delivers the topics with common interest in the national programmes. WP 5 reviews these results to identify specific topics for cooperation. Based on the selected topics a model for collaboration will be chosen out of WP4.

WP 5 gathers information and will try to bring the main Clean Fossil Fuels research and development activities in line with the specific national policies. The outcomes after reviewing the results will then be used to agree upon a general accepted approach and develop a framework for transnational cooperation. The ExCo of the FENCO-ERA.NET project would then make a final selection of a limited number of topics as pilots. All decisions will be made in close cooperation with the other partners through the ExCo. Then (parts of) national programmes will be merged into joint transnational pilots. During bilateral and/or multilateral pilot-related EU-workshops, the merging proposals will be discussed and ways for implementation will be identified and chosen.

For these transnational pilots there are several options: joint calls, joint evaluation, co-operation, joint programs, joint budgets etc. The workshops will be organized on regular basis in close conjunction with workshops of other work packages. The various transnational pilots will involve all or some of the partners, depending on the activities’ relevance to each of the partners’ priorities and needs.

Although WP 5 will be involved in the WP’s 2, 3 and 4 from the start on it is foreseen that starting in the second year of the project one or two transnational pilots can be started each year. As a result the total number of transnational pilots could be approximately five. There are a number of subjects, where some of the participating countries showed a first interest in transnational cooperation.

  • Task 5.1 Evaluation of gathered information
  • Task 5.2 Actual selection of a limited number of transnational pilots
  • Task 5.3 Mergining into transnational pilots
  • Task 5.4 Actual implementation of transnational pilots
  • Task 5.5 Evaluation of process and setting up recommendations


WP 6 Dissemination and Communication (FCT)

WP6 is focused on disseminate intermediate and final results on general and specific project issues.

The results of the project will be disseminated through the internet. There will be web portal entry for the national programmes.

A mailing list of stakeholders (industry and politics) will be established. Subject for discussion and decision by the ExCo will be an extension of this mailing. On the basis of this mailing list a regular FENCO-Newsletter will be issued as appropriate al least at a minimum of two a year.

Mechanisms will be developed which will enable national financiers from countries, which are not participating in the EU financed FENCO-ERA.NET project, to participate in the coordination activities.

A dissemination and communication strategy will be developed.

  • Task 6.1 Enhacement and maintanence of website
  • Task 6.2 Publication and dissemination of project results
  • Task 6.3 Engagement of new partners
  • Task 6.4 Development of a dissemination and dissemination strategy

1st Call

4th Meeting
Oslo 21.-22.02.13