EIC programme: for disruptive innovation

20 May 2021

The European Union supports ambitious SMEs that want to invest in revolutionary innovations. Through the European Innovation Council (EIC), the EU helps companies with the commercialisation of high-risk and high-impact technologies. 

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Roy Hoven Manager Subsidiefocus

About the EIC programme

The European Innovation Council (EIC) grant programme targets both start-ups as well as small and medium-sized companies with the objective of converting ideas into cutting-edge technologies. The European Innovation Council is a key novelty of Horizon Europe.

Who can apply?

Consortia of up to 5 entities can apply for the programmes. The lower TRL’s require small consortia, while projects closer to market deployment are available only for individual SMEs.

Rules for funding

The EIC aims at identifying and supporting breakthrough technologies and game changing innovations with the potential to scale up internationally and become market leaders. Your project must be high-profile and ground-breaking. It must involve an element of risk and have potential for market introduction and scaling up.

Applying for funding

Applications can be submitted all year round and are assessed by a panel of experts after cut-off dates throughout the year. There are funding opportunities for all stages of innovation from R&D to validation and demonstration. Financial support is provided through three main instruments, where each instrument supports a different stage of innovation and has its own requirements:

  • EIC Pathfinder;
  • EIC Transition;
  • EIC Accelerator.

More information about the EIC Accelerator

There are a range of funding opportunities. For more information about the EIC Accelerator, please contact Roy Hoven, manager Subsidiefocus, by calling +31 (0)73-6465475 or send Roy an email. He will help you understand your options and explain the rules.

For more information about the EIC Accelerator, please contact Roy Hoven!

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