On this page we have gathered all information on the 2023 EIC Pathfinder. Our Pathfinder Handbook tells you about the Open Call, challenges and elaborates on all criteria and improves your chances of getting funding!
The European Commission created the European Innovation Council (EIC), Europe’s flagship innovation funding institute, with the aim of supporting breakthrough innovators facing difficulty financing their research and development activities. In total, the EIC programme has a budget of >€10 billion for 2021-2027, divided across three subprogrammes that address all stages of technological development.
By nature, novel scientific discoveries and their translation to an applied breakthrough technology are associated with high-risk, but also high-gain potential. To support visionary scientists and entrepreneurial researchers in early stages of technological development, the EIC created the EIC Pathfinder programme, which consists of open calls (‘EIC Open’) and challenge driven calls (‘EIC Challenges’). It funds interdisciplinary R&D, based on a long-term vision of societally transformative, radically new technology.
EIC Pathfinder aims to support research and early-stage technological innovations (R&D stage, TRL1-4) that have the potential to disrupt the respective scientific disciplines, and eventually be exploited to create new markets and address global changes. With a high-risk/high gain approach, an interdisciplinary consortium of minimum 3 partners from academia or industry can work together.
The aim of an EIC Pathfinder project should be to realise proof of principle and validate the scientific basis of a science-towards-technology breakthrough. The results obtained from the research should lead to top publication(s), and subsequently, to generating Intellectual Property and the further exploitation of the technology.
Deadline (Open Call): 3 May 2022
Subsidy: Max. €3M (total budget €183M)
Who can apply?
A consortium of minimum 3 partners from academia or industry (including SMEs) established in at least 3 different EU Member State countries or Horizon Europe associated countries.
The EIC Pathfinder proposal consists of a maximum of 17 pages, and will be evaluated by remote reviewers on the criteria: Excellence, Impact, and Quality and Efficiency of the Implementation. After 1.5-2.5 months you will be able to write a short rebuttal on reviewers comments and the final outcome of the evaluation will be provided within 5 months after the call deadline (start of the project: 8 months after the deadline).
Next to the EIC Pathfinder Open Call there are 6 EIC Pathfinder Challenges Calls in 2022 with a total budget of €167M. The deadline for all Challenges Calls is 19 October 2022. In addition, the maximum subsidy for the Challenges Calls is €4M. The consortium must consist of a minimum 3 partners from academia or industry (including SMEs), established in at least 3 different EU Member State countries. Additionally, single applicants and consortia of 2 partners are eligible for Pathfinder Challenges 4 and 5.