The EIC Transition is a new funding instrument of the EIC Work Program. Single applicants (SMEs, spin-offs, start-ups, research organizations, universities or consortia of max. 5 partners are eligible for EIC Transition.

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

EIC Transition requirements

The project must build on the results from Pathfinder or ERC Proof of Concept projects, either by including participants of those projects or by showing that you have access to the IP or have the rights to develop the technology further. In general a Transition project aims to validate and demonstrate technology (in an application-relevant environment) and develop its market readiness. EIC Transition supports the maturation and validation of your novel technology in the lab and in relevant application environments (by making use of prototyping, formulation, models, user testing or other validation tests), as well as the development of a business case and business model towards the innovation’s future commercialization.

The expected result of a Transition project is that the applicant(s) should be ready for the next stage, which can be to: apply for EIC Accelerator(for SMEs, including start-ups or spin-offs), seek other investors or sources of funding, enter licensing or collaboration agreements with third parties, or utilize other routes to market deployment. Additionally, projects funded through EIC Transition are eligible to submit an EIC Accelerator proposal via the Fast Track scheme.

About the European Innovation Council (EIC) Program

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 supporting SMEs. There are 3 subprogrammes that form the basis of the EIC program: EIC Pathfinder, EIC Transition and EIC Accelerator.

Read more about the European Innovation Council (EIC) program.

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Download our EIC Guide

There’s a lot to take into consideration when applying for EIC funding: budget, consortium partners, application processes, activities, and specific conditions. Our EIC 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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EIC Transition Challenges

Challenge 1

Medical Technology and devices: from lab to patient

Proposals submitted to this transition challenge call should aim to:

  • Perform the necessary R&D to advance from an existing proof-of-principle technology to a mature version ready to initiate clinical evaluation.
  • Develop an exploitation strategy, qualitatively and quantitatively outlining the proposed path to patient and describing an investable proposition.

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Challenge 2

Energy harvesting and storage technologies

Proposals are expected to address at least one of the following:

  • Innovative technologies and systems combining energy harvesting and storage.
  • Innovative concepts and techniques for the combined harvesting and storage of solar energy.
  • Advanced materials and devices for electro-chemical storage (other than Li-Ion batteries), at utility scale, mobile or distributed/micro scale level, also integrated to PV/wind energy systems or for other intermittent sources.

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Case Nutrileads

Improving human health with natural ingredients

Meet Nutrileads – one of today’s leading innovative companies to have recently received the prestigious SME Phase 2 Award. Although winning such a grant can feel “like winning the lottery”, the success of Nutrileads is much more than luck. To learn more about their inspiring story we interviewed Erik Dam, the Chief Business Office of Nutrileads since 2014.


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