European Innovation Council (EIC)

Under Horizon Europe the second European Innovation Council (EIC) work programme for 2023 has been released. 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 SMEs.

European Innovation Council (EIC) 2023 subprogrammes

3 subprogrammes form the basis of the EIC programme:

1. EIC Pathfinder 

Funding research projects of consortia with a mix of partners from academia and companies, advancing research to develop the scientific basis to underpin breakthrough technologies.

Read more about EIC Pathfinder

2. EIC Transition 

Funding consortia of academia and companies, to validate technologies and develop business plans for specific applications. Only grantees of ERC Proof of Concept or EIC Pathfinder or FET are eligible to submit an application to this instrument.

Read more about EIC Transition

3. EIC Accelerator

Focusing on supporting companies (SMEs, start-ups, spin-outs and in exceptional cases small mid-caps) to bring their innovations to market and scale up.

Read more about the EIC Accelerator programme

In continuation of the first work programme, both open topic calls and specific challenge-driven calls are available for EIC Pathfinder, EIC Transition and EIC Accelerator. The challenge-driven approach provides funding to address specific technological and innovation breakthroughs. The challenges focus on EU priorities for transitioning to a green, digital and healthy society, as well as the overall strategic planning for Horizon Europe. Each instrument is divided over Open calls and Challenge-driven calls.

EIC programmes

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