EIC Accelerator Programme 2023 Requirements

This highly competitive programme helps you to develop your business concept further into a market-ready product, service or process aligned with your company’s growth strategy. Activities could, for example, include trials, prototyping, validation, demonstration and testing in real-world conditions, and market replication. If the activity concerns a primarily technological innovation, a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 5/6 or above is envisaged. The EIC Accelerator is focused on innovations that build on scientific discoveries or breakthrough technologies. Through the funding it will support innovators to attract the full investment amounts needed for scale up in a shorter timeframe. Work essential to your project may be subcontracted.

EIC Accelerator Open Call


  • Grant: max. €2.5M
  • Investment component: Between €0,5M and €15M
    • Applicants can choose to apply for a blend of grant and equity, grant only, grant first or equity only.

Total Budget available: €630.9M

Deadline: 3 stage application process

  • Short proposal: apply anytime
  • Full proposal: 11 Jan (Open only), 22 March, 7 June, 19 October 2023
  • Interview rounds: They will be held approximately 8-9 weeks after the cut-off dates

Consortium: single SMEs and start-up (and individuals intending to establish a start-up/SME) established in EU Member State Countries.

EIC Accelerator Challenges

The Open Call, is open to any type of technology and research area. Next to that, 7 EIC Accelerator Challenges are implemented in 2023. Both the Open Call and Challenge Calls share the same eligibility criteria and conditions. The deadlines for the Challenges are: 22 March, 7 June, 19 October 2023. Total Budget available: €523.5M.

Titles of the 7 EIC Accelerator Challenges:

  1. Novel biomarker-based assays to guide personalised cancer treatment
  2. Aerosol and surface decontamination for pandemic management
  3. Energy storage
  4. New European Bauhaus and Architecture, Engineering and Construction digitalisation for decarbonisation
  5. Emerging semiconductor or quantum technology components
  6. Novel technologies for resilient agriculture
  7. Customer-driven, innovative space technologies and services


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Everything you need for EIC funding

Did you know that there’s a lot to take into consideration when applying for EIC funding? Like budget, consortium partners, application processes, activities, and specific conditions. Our EIC Accelerator Guide gives you insights on how to write an appealing proposal, gives all the success criteria and maximizes the chances of getting funded.


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