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Coal and Steel



Welcome to the Research Fund for Coal and Steel website

This website provides an overview of the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS). The RFCS supports research projects in coal and steel sectors. These projects cover: production processes; application, utilisation and conversion of resources; safety at work; environmental protection and reducing CO2 emissions from coal use and steel production.

The revenues generated from the assets of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) which have been transferred to the European Union in 2002 are used to support the RFCS research programme activities. After undergoing a smoothening operation to avoid excessive fluctuations in yearly allocation to the research fund, revenues generated in year Y are awarded following evaluations of the proposals submitted by the September cut-of date of Y+1 and effectively make up the RFCS budget of Y+2 (projects starting in Y+2).
A yearly financial report on the activities of these assets, giving the budgets allocated to the RFCS Programme, is published by the Commission, Directorate General for Economic and Social Affairs (ECFIN). The distribution of the budgets between coal (27,2%) and steel (72.8%) is defined in Council decision (2003/76/EC) of 1 February 2003. The budgets are used for financing the RFCS research programme activities, the biggest part being the co-financing of successful proposal; a minor amount is also allocated to the programme support activities (evaluations, monitoring, etc.).

Every year around € 55 million is made available to universities, research centres and private companies to fund projects.

Please find attached a leaflet summarising the RFCS activities.

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Latest news

March 2014: Information on Steel and Coal Priorities available.

September 2013 : The RFCS announces the publication on the 24th of September of the combined Monitoring and Assessment Report of this Research Programme which includes an accurate analysis of its operational aspects and an in-depth evaluation of the financial benefits for Europe.

July 2013: The updated version of the Summaries of RFCS Projects (2003 - 2013) is now online.

June 2013: The submission of proposals for 2013 is now open. Deadline is September 17, 2013 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time). The links to the online submission system and all supporting documents are available on the submission page.

April 2013: The Monitoring Report and the Assessment Report are now online.

8 April 2013: The European Commission, DG RTD and the Technical Group Steel 5 members are organising a workshop on Future Trends and Opportunities in Finishing and Coating for the European Steel Sector on 8 April 2013 in Brussels, CDMA building, Room SDR1-2, Rue du Champ de Mars/ Marsveldstraat 21. More information available here.

Last updated on: 2013-12-12