The EIC pilot brings together funding opportunities for innovators. Discover what's available.

How to find available funding

A total amount of around €3 billion will be provided throughout the period 2018-2020 to fund the most talented innovators and help their companies scale up and expand beyond European borders.

Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot FAQs [updated] pdf

An innovator’s guide to the EIC factsheet pdf

EIC Pathfinder Pilot

The EIC Pathfinder Pilot comprises FET-Open and FET-Proactive and offers grants of up to €4 million to promote collaborative, inter-disciplinary research and innovation on science-inspired and radically new future technologies. These grants are for consortia of at least 3 entities from 3 different Members States and associated countries.

The scheme features ‘targeted calls’ based on topics or challenges identified in the Work Programme along with open bottom-up call for proposals.

The EIC Pathfinder pilot has a total budget of around €660 million for 2019-2020.

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Apply here for Pathfinder Open
Apply here for Pathfinder Proactive

EIC Accelerator Pilot

The EIC Accelerator Pilot builds on the SME Instrument Phase II and provides grant-only support as well as support in the form of blended finance (combining grant and equity).

The scheme supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized innovative enterprises willing to develop and commercialise new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth and shape new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and worldwide.

Applicants for funding must be established in an EU Member State or a Horizon 2020 associated country. Following the cut-off date of 5 June 2019, only individual for-profit SMEs established in an EU Members State or a Horizon 2020 associated country will be able to apply for funding.

The EIC Accelerator pilot has a total budget of more than €1.3 billion for 2019-2020.

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Become a jury member

We want to expand the pool of jury members to include.

  • entrepreneurs who have founded and scaled up innovative enterprises at European or global level
  • investors (including those affiliated with banks, venture capitalists, business angels, crowd-funders etc.)
  • experts involved in the innovation ecosystem (business schools, universities, innovation hubs, accelerators, etc.)

If you fall into one of these categories and are interested in becoming a jury member, please find out more.

Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)

This scheme is for relatively mature ground-breaking technologies, concepts and business models which are close to market.

Proposals must come from consortia of 3 to 5 legal entities who want to see quick market uptake of new technologies. Grants of up to €3 million may be awarded.

  • For-profit entities will receive 70% co-financing
  • Not-for-profit entities will receive 100% co-financing

Fast Track to Innovation has a total budget of around €300 million for 2018-2020.

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EIC Horizon Prizes

The EIC Horizon Prizes are awarded to whoever can most effectively meet a defined challenge, without prescribing how that challenge should be solved. These will boost breakthrough innovation across sectors by fostering cutting-edge solutions which bring major benefits to citizens and society.

Individual prizes amount to 5 or 10 million euro.

The total budget for EIC Horizon Prizes until 2020 is €40 million.

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