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: EIC Pathfinder and EIC Accelerator

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About this programme

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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EIC Pilot  

 Deep Tech Europe – European Innovation Council pil...

The report focuses on the results and impacts of the EIC Pilot (2018 – 2020) against a set of Key Performance Indicators. The EIC supports both breakthrough research (the EIC Pathfinder, building on the Future and Emerging Technologies programme) and the scale up of innovative startups and SMEs (the EIC Accelerator, building on the former SME instr... read more 

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Testimony

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AVIA-GIS / SMEinstrument

Avia-GIS is a Belgian innovative SME established in 2001. They have built research and public authority trust over the past 19 years and developed a unique, disruptive software suite - VECMAP® - that will support society to overcome one of its important health threats, the spreading of Pests of Public Health importance.

With the help of a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument-phase 2 project, they will be able to add Integrated Pest Management (IPM) functionalities and bring VECMAP®IPM to the market. Within 5 years Avia-GIS will enable 2000 SME pest controllers and 2340 local authorities to shift to IPM strategies. With the grant they will raise revenue from 2 M€ to 14.2 M€ in 2024, and increase the headcount from 15 to 58.

The Horizon 2020 grant was an essential component of their second investment round. To date Avia-GIS already raised 1 M€ in additional private equity and they are now are seeking to complement this with an equal amount as a subordinate loan.

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