EIC Pathfinder

The EIC Pathfinder is one of the instruments of the European Innovation Council Work Programme, part of Horizon Europe. Do you have a high-risk/high-gain future technology that results in the scientific breakthrough and make a real difference to our lives? Then the EIC Pathfinder Open Call may be suitable for your project.

EIC Pathfinder Open Call

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: 19 May 2021

Subsidy: max. €3M

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

Next to the Open Call, which is open to any type of technology and research area, is the 5 EIC Pathfinder Challenges that are released in 2021, and have a top-down approach based on a specific topic. The Open Call eligibility criteria and conditions also apply to the Challenges, but, the information provided below is specific to the Challenges:

Deadline: 27 October 2021

Subsidy: max. €4M

Titles of the 5 Challenges:

  1. Awareness inside
  2. Tools to measure & stimulate activity in brain tissue
  3. Emerging Technologies in Cell & Gene Therapy
  4. Novel routes to green hydrogen production
  5. Engineered living materials


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