How to apply?

How to apply to EIC Accelerator?

The EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument) consists of two separate grant phases, both complemented by coaching and business acceleration services. Participants can apply to Phase 1 with a view to applying to Phase 2 at a later stage, or directly to Phase 2 if the idea has sufficient maturity and proven feasibility. The last cut-offf date for Phase 1 is 5 September 2019.

Applicants will first have to submit a paper-based proposal of their project that will be evaluated remotely by four independent experts. For Phase 2, there is an additional step where a selected number of proposals will be invited to Brussels to pitch in front of a Jury. For more information have a look at how proposals are evaluated.

To apply you are invited to register and submit your proposal on the Horizon 2020 Funding &Tenders Portal. Before applying we invite you to read the full details about submissions, eligibility and admissibility criteria and the evaluation procedure in the Guidelines for Applicants and the 2018-2020 Work Programme on the Horizon 2020 Funding and Tenders Portal. We also advise you to get in touch with your Enterprise Europe Network regional office and have a look at our tips for applicants

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When to Apply?

The EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument) is a continously open call with regular cut-offs. Below are the cut-off dates for 2018-2020. These dates are indicative and may change.

Phases

2018

2019

2020

Phase 1

08 February 2018

03 May 2018

05 September 2018

07 November 2018

13 February 2019

07 May 2019

05 September 2019 - final deadline

 

 

Phase 2

EIC Accelerator

10 January 2018

14 March 2018

23 May 2018

10 October 2018

09 January 2019

03 April 2019

05 June 2019

09 October 2019 - grant only or blended finance

08 January 2020 - grant only or blended finance

18 March 2020 - grant only or blended finance 

19 May 2020 - grant only or blended finance

07 October 2020 - grant only or blended finance

 

The indicative budget from 2018 to 2020 for the EIC Accelerator/SME Instrument is as follows:

 

Indicative Budget 

2018

2019

2020

Overall yearly budget

€479.74 million

€689.26 million

€654 million

Phase 1

10%

6%

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Phase 2 /Accelerator - Grants

87%

85.6%

89%

Accelerator - Equity Support - 5.4% 8%

Phase 3

1%

1%

1%

Coaching and mentoring

1%

1%

1%

Evaluation

1%

1%

1%

 

 

Results

The maximum delay to inform applicants will be 4 months from the date of the cut-off. The indicative date for the signing of grant agreements is maximum 6 months from the date of the corresponding cut-off.

Not the right match for your innovation? Try out the other innovation funding instruments under the EIC:  Fast Track to Innovation (FTI), EIC Pathfinder (FET)-Open and Horizon Prizes.

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