Development of more energy efficient electrically heated catalytic reactors (IA)


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

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Projects are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

  • A breakthrough reduction in carbon footprint for a given reaction (CO2 emission reduction > 40%, demonstrated by LCA or similar studies);
  • Demonstrate a significant process intensification (a reactor size reduction of > 50% with respect to the state-of-the-art conventional approach) and industrial scalability;
  • Environmental and techno-economic feasibility of novel catalytic reactor technologies and catalyst materials demonstrated and validated at suitable scale against current industrial processes to produce the same products;
  • Integrated development methodology of catalysts and reactors for an optimized design up to pilot unit of novel catalytic reactors with significant carbon footprint reduction and allowing relevant process intensification, while maintaining cost competitiveness;
  • Advanced catalytic reactor concepts to operate in synergy with alternative energy resources like e.g. non-thermal plasma.

Detailed Call Description

Proposals should address an integrated development of:

  • The next generation of industrially scalable and robust reactor technologies and associated catalytic materials for an electrified chemical production with an optimized design, up to pilot unit;
  • Environmental and techno-economic impact studies should be part of the objectives to demonstrate the industrial feasibility and integration within the value chain of production and use of renewable energy sources.
  • Solutions allowing the combined use of renewable energy resources with process intensification should be investigated in order to optimise energy efficiency, product yield and purity as an integrated part of the total process.

Proposals submitted under this topic should include a business case and exploitation strategy, as outlined in the introduction to this Destination. Relevant indicators and metrics, with baseline values, should be clearly stated in the proposal.
The topic is open for international cooperation, while excluding industrial competitors from countries where the safeguarding of IPRs cannot be guaranteed.


Development of more energy efficient electrically heated catalytic reactors (IA)

Call Total Budget

€33,00 million

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


EU contribution per project: between €7,00 and €10,00 million

Thematic Categories

  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

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