The EIC Accelerator supports high-risk, high-potential SMEs and innovators to help them develop and bring onto the market new innovative products, services and business models that could drive economic growth.

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

EIC Accelerator 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.


  • 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: 23 March, 15 June and 5 October 2022
  • 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 Open Call and Challenges

The Open Call, is open to any type of technology and research area. Next to that, 2 EIC Accelerator Challenges are implemented in 2022. Both the Open Call and Challenge Calls share the same eligibility criteria and conditions. Total Budget available: €536,9M.

Titles of the 2 EIC Accelerator Challenges:

  1. Technologies for Open Strategic Autonomy
  2. Technologies for ‘Fit for 55’

Maximize your chances of getting funded

There’s a lot to take into consideration when applying for EIC funding: budget, consortium partners, application processes, activities, and specific conditions. Our EIC Accelerator 2022 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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  • Strategic funding advice: identify the most suitable funding opportunities for your ideas and ambitions.
  • Funding applications: unburdened funding applications for academics and entrepreneurs, by life science and agro-food experts.
  • Funding reviews & resubmissions: expert input to your funding applications.
  • Partner matchmaking: build your network and participate in exciting opportunities.

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  • Business cases: understand your market, plan your development and define your commercial strategy.
  • Business plans: present your company and value proposition in an attractive way.
  • Market research analysis: answer all the questions you have about your market in detail.
  • Feasibility studies: learn about the commercial feasibility of your technology, product or service.

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  • Project management: stay focused on science while we take care of the rest.
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Case: NG Sensors EIC win

NG Sensors are on a mission to make food safer, while cutting the time and costs necessary to do so. They won EIC Accelerator funding in the second round of 2021 for the SAFE-FOOD project, which aims to develop their innovative portable mass spectrometer; capable of rapid, on-site food contaminant testing. Catalyze provided funding application support to NG Sensors for their successful submission. We spoke with Hugo Nikkel, Head of Sales and Marketing at NG Sensors, to hear more about their product and EIC Accelerator award.


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