Creation of an innovation community for solar fuels and chemicals (CSA)


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

Programme Description

Horizon Europe is the European Union (EU) funding programme for the period 2021 – 2027, which targets the sectors of research and innovation. The programme’s budget is around € 95.5 billion, of which € 5.4 billion is from NextGenerationEU to stimulate recovery and strengthen the EU’s resilience in the future, and € 4.5 billion is additional aid.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Creation of an innovation eco-system gathering the various elements necessary to accelerate the development in the area of introduction of solar fuels and chemicals. This will require a strict synergy of actions between all stakeholder components, from R&D to industry and society, in order to foster their introduction. In addition, the development of solar fuels and chemicals requires a full redesign of the current technologies and processes based on fossil fuels, and the technological gap is a main factor limiting their introduction.

Detailed Call Description

  • Coordinating a large scale R&I initiative on storage of renewable (solar) energies in chemical form involving all relevant stakeholders (from academia, RTOs, industry and society) and linked with relevant international, national and local programmes and initiatives;
  • Building and updating, a long-term roadmap;
  • Building/structuring a gender balanced, inclusive community with all relevant stakeholders across EU;
  • Participation of societal stakeholders to the activities of the community and initiative;
  • Facilitating cooperation and communication between the stakeholders of the initiative on cross-cutting topics;
  • Strengthening the engagement of the European industrial stakeholders in the long term beyond the CSA;
  • Creating an innovation eco-system to foster and accelerate the technological, economic and societal impact of the initiative and pave the way to industrial exploitation of the technologies in the field of energy, transport and climate;
  • Speeding-up and increasing the positive impacts of technologies on climate change and protection of environment;
  • Spreading of S&T excellence across Europe and increase awareness of European activities;
  • Addressing international cooperation in particular with other relevant actions (e.g. Mission Innovation);
  • Preparing a large-scale research and innovation initiative beyond the CSA, as a partnership or another instrument to be discussed and agreed upon with the Commission and the Member States and Associated countries.

The project partners should make provisions to actively participate in the common activities of the large-scale research initiative on Fossil-free fuels and chemicals for a climate-neutral Europe. The topic is open for international cooperation where the EU has reciprocal benefit.


Creation of an innovation community for solar fuels and chemicals (CSA)

Call Total Budget

€4,00 million

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


EU contribution per project: between €3,00 and €4,00 million

Thematic Categories

  • Industry
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Social Affairs & Human Rights

Eligibility for Participation

  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation
29a Andrea Michalakopoulou Street,
1075 Nicosia
T.Th. 23422, 1683 Nicosia
+357 22205000

Dr Angelos Ntantos
Scientific Officer
Telephone: 35722205033

Dr Ioannis Theodorou

Scientific Officer
Telephone: 35722205038

(Publish Date: 15/09/2021-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation