EIC Transition requirements

Proposals must build on the results from EIC Pathfinder, FET Flagship calls or ERC Proof of Concept projects, either by including participants of those projects or by showing that you have access to the IP or the rights to further develop the technology. 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) are 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.

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EIC Guide 2022

The program is divided over two different types of calls, the Open call and the Challenges. The EIC Transition Open call is open to any type of technology and research area, while the EIC Transition Challenges cover 3 specific areas. Both call types share the following:

Open & Challenge driven topic

  • Deadlines: 4 May 2022 and 28 September 2022. After full proposal stage interview rounds will be held approx. 13 weeks after cut-off dates.
  • Subsidy: up to € 2.5 M.
  • Total Budget available: €70,9M
  • Funding rate: 100%
  • Consortium: single applicants (SMEs, spin-offs, universities) are eligible to apply or in small consortium, including 2-5 partners from both academia and industry. Applications must build on the results from a previous FET Flagship, Pathfinder or ERC Proof of Concept Project. The project should have been active for at least 12 months, or completed less than 24 months prior to the deadline.
  • Scope: If a project previously received a EIC Pathfinder, a FET Flagship or a ERC Proof of Concept, and the goal is to go beyond the proof principle, then the EIC Transition is the solution. The Transition programmes aims at maturing both the technology and business idea to increase its technology (TRL 5 to 6) and market readiness. In addition Transition projects should prepare for commercialization of the innovation.

EIC Transition Challenges 

The EIC Transition Challenges have a top-down approach with a specific topic. Each topic aims at pushing forward ground-breaking innovations with a clear perspective towards market uptake for specific applications. The eligibility criteria and conditions of the Open Call also apply to the EIC Transition Challenges. This includes the €2.5M max subsidy amount, a total budget of €60.5M and 4 May 2022 and 28 September 2022 deadlines.

1. Green digital devices for the future

2. Process and system integration of clean energy technologies

3. RNA-based therapies and diagnostics for complex or rare genetic diseases

Open & Challenge driven topic

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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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