Under Horizon Europe the second European Innovation Council (EIC) work programme for 2022 has been released. The EIC aims at identifying and supporting breakthrough technologies and game-changing innovations with the potential to scale up internationally and become market leaders. 70% of the entire budget is ear-marked for SMEs, which shows the focus of EIC on SMEs.

At Catalyze, we have obtained funding for EIC for a wide range of companies, legal entities and academic groups.

EIC programme

3 subprogrammes form the basis of the EIC programme:

EIC programmes


In continuation of the first work programme, both open topic calls and specific challenge-driven calls are available for EIC Pathfinder, EIC Transition and EIC Accelerator. The challenge-driven approach provides funding to address specific technological and innovation breakthroughs. The challenges focus on EU priorities for transitioning to a green, digital and healthy society, as well as the overall strategic planning for Horizon Europe. Each instrument is divided over Open calls and Challenge-driven calls.

Download our Free EIC 2022 Guide

In our EIC 2022 Programme Guide we have gathered all available information for you. We assembled the information on deadlines, budgets, consortia & more in a single guide. A must read if you’re looking for new funding opportunities for your research, R&D or commercialization project.


EIC Guide 2022

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The EIC subprogrammes

Pillar 1

EIC Pathfinder

Funding research projects of consortia with a mix of partners from academia and companies, advancing research to develop the scientific basis to underpin breakthrough technologies.

Pillar 2

EIC Transition

Funding consortia of academia and companies, to validate technologies and develop business plans for specific applications. This is a newly added instrument to the EIC programme. Only grantees of ERC Proof of Concept or EIC Pathfinder or FET are eligible to submit an application to this instrument.

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Pillar 3

EIC Accelerator

Focusing on supporting companies (SMEs, start-ups, spin-outs and in exceptional cases small mid-caps) to bring their innovations to market and scale up.

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