European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot

The European Innovation Council pilot (EIC pilot) aims to support top-class innovators, start-ups, small companies and researchers with bright ideas that are radically different from existing products, services or business models, are highly risky and have the potential to scale up internationally.

The European Commission have confirmed the intention to launch an enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot initiative in 2019, following the European Council's request in July this year. The enhanced pilot will build on the structure of the EIC under the Horizon Europe proposal to fast track disruptive and market-creating innovation. Further details of the pilot will be released in the last quarter of 2018. The pilot will be implemented using 2019-2020 budgets under Horizon 2020, and will involve a revision to the Horizon 2020 work programme.

A first phase of the EIC pilot was launched on 27th October 2017 as part of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020. These instruments continue to offer funding to innovative companies in support of market-creating innovations.

It offers in a single place:

The EIC pilot is able to support

  • ideas from any area of technology or business sector, including novel combinations of technologies and business models

  • all stages from feasibility to development to scale-up

  • innovators from all EU Member States, from other countries associated to the EU Horizon 2020 programme, and to innovators from all parts of the world who establish their activities in Europe

More information

European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot web site

European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot factsheet (PDF)