EIC Pilot

The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot supports researchers and innovators developing breakthrough innovations with the potential to create new markets and boost jobs, growth and prosperity in Europe. It will pilot two new schemes.

I. The EIC Pathfinder pilot (grant only)

  • FET-Open Early-stage - Science and technology research by interdisciplinary consortia exploring visionary ideas for radically new future technologies that challenge current paradigms and venture into the unknown. Open to research into any area of technology, it aims to attract new, high-potential research and innovation player.
  • FET-Proactive - Cutting edge-high-risk/ high reward research and innovation projects that aim to firmly establish the future potential of a new and promising demonstrate a new technological paradigm within a pre-defined scope.

II. The EIC Accelerator pilot (grant only and blended finance1)

SME Instrument Close-to-market and projects with a potential to scale up of a single SME established in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 associated countries.


Other Calls

Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) - Close-to-market projects of consortia with three to five entities from at least three different EU Member States or Horizon 2020 associated countries. Industry must participate. Interdisciplinary approaches encouraged.


Other actions

Horizon Prizes - Horizon Prizes boost breakthrough innovation by fostering solutions to challenges which bring major benefits to society.

Support Actions - Help to optimise the impact of EU investment in EIC innovators and innovations; they contribute to building an EIC community and a vision underpinning a possible future EIC.

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European Innovation Council (EIC) Advisory Board publishes report

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Advisory Board has published the report - A vision and roadmap for impact – on the EIC in Horizon Europe (2021 – 2027).


Number of proposals submitted FETOPEN-01-2018-2019-2020 (RIA) - cut-off: 03/06/2020

902 proposals were submitted at the Pathfinder bottom-up call FETOPEN-01-2018-2019-2020 (RIA) in the EIC Pilot with the deadline of 3 June 2020.  The allocated budget is EUR 196,20 M€ for this last cut-off in the  Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

Source: Funding and Tenders Portal


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