EIC Pathfinder Open Call 2024

EIC Pathfinder aims to support early-stage projects (TRL levels 1 to 4) that have the potential to create new markets and address global changes. With a high-risk/high gain approach, a consortium of minimum 3 partners from academia or industry can work together to develop an innovative technology that is based on science-towards-technology breakthrough research, up to the point of proof of principle. The results obtained from the research should lead to top publication, and, it is expected that following the Pathfinder, measures will be taken to ensure the continuation of the project, such as generating Intellectual Property.

Deadline: 7 March 2024

Subsidy: max. €3M

Total Budget available: €136M

Consortium: a consortium of minimum 3 partners from academia or industry (including SMEs) established in at least 3 different EU Member State countries can work together.

EIC Pathfinder Challenges 2024

Next to the EIC pathfinder Open Call, which is open to any type of technology and research area, are the 5 EIC Pathfinder Challenges that were released in 2023, and have a top-down approach based on a specific topic.

The information provided below is specific to the Challenges:

Consortium: a consortium of minimum 3 partners from academia or industry (including SMEs) established in at least 3 different EU Member State countries can work together. For specific challenges, other rules may apply. As such, a proposal could be submitted by single applicant or a small consortium with 2 partners.

Deadline: 16 October 2024

Subsidy: max. €4M

Total Budget available: €120M

Titles of the 5 Challenges:

  1. Solar-to-X devices for the decentralized prosumption of renewable fuels, chemicals and materials as climate change mitigation pathway
  2. Towards cement and concrete as a carbon sink
  3. Nature inspired alternatives for food packaging and films for agriculture
  4. Nanoelectronics for energy-efficient smart edge devices
  5. Strengthening the sustainability and resilience of EU space infrastructure

Download our EIC Pathfinder Guide

In our EIC Pathfinder 2024 Programme Guide we have gathered all available information for you on deadlines, budgets, consortia & more. A must read if you’re looking to gain access to our EIC experts’ advice and guidance for your EIC Pathfinder submission.

EIC Pathfinder Guide 2024

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Case: Achilles Therapeutics

Achilles Therapeutics (UK) is pushing the frontier of personalized adoptive T cell therapies. In the first round of the 2022 EIC Pathfinder program, an Achilles-led consortium was awarded €4 million from the “Emerging technologies in cell & gene therapy” Challenge, to develop a proof-of-concept, first-in-class, smart bioprocessing manufacturing platform.

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