The EIC aims at identifying and supporting breakthrough technologies and game-changing innovations with the potential to scale up internationally and eventually become market leaders. It focuses specifically on promising start-ups and SMEs.
+32 2 432 42 42
+32 2 550 15 76
It supports all stages of innovation from R&D on the scientific underpinnings of breakthrough technologies, to validation and demonstration of breakthrough technologies and innovations to meet real world needs, to the development and scaling up of start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The funding and support consists of three main funding schemes:
In each funding scheme, the direct financial support to innovators is augmented with access to a range of Business Acceleration Services. The three main EIC instruments offer both bottom-up calls and calls with predefined thematic priorities (challenges). In addition to these instruments there are the EIC Prizes, which reward innovative solutions offered by companies/organisations for pre-defined societal challenges or specific target audiences, such as women innovators, innovative cities, public or private procurers or social innovation.
EIC Applicants that have received a ‘GO’ after submission of their short (Step 1) proposal can now familiarise themselves with the annexes in view of preparing their full application for the 13 March 2024 cut-off. These annexes include for example the simplified financial plan and equity needs, a detailed budget table for lump... read more
The Access2EIC project and EuroQuity - Bpifrance organise an onsite pitching session during the first day of the European Innovation Council Summit 2024 edition. Six EIC Transition startups will be selected to pitch in front of jury members. How to apply? Fill in the application form here Deadline: Monday 22 January 2024 at midnight... read more
The European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) is launching a Call for Expression of Interest for the recruitment of three candidates for the position of European Innovation Council (EIC) Programme Manager (PM) and the establishment of a reserve list. This call is aimed at candidates with expertise in the following three themati... read more
The European Commission adopted on 12 December the European Innovation Council (EIC) 2024 work programme. More information can be found in the European Commission press release and EIC Work Programme 2024 page on the EIC website, including five concise fact sheets with information on the main elements, what’s in it for companies, in... read more
Infosheets contain edited content on aspects related to this programme. They are reviewed at least yearly.
Related links are easy pointers towards external information. We curate the list, but are not liable for the destinations.
Documents contain additional information related to this programme, and are similar to related links.
Autoship is, as the name suggests, an acronym for autonomous ship. Just like with self-driving cars, the possibilities of an unmanned boat seem endless. It can create more efficient freight transport, around the clock deliveries and these are just a few of the examples. The project has two societal challenges.
At first, De Vlaamse Waterweg was a bit hesitant as their experience with FP7 or Horizon 2020 projects was limited and they had not been very successful up until then. The fact that they were already doing basic research on the topic of autonomous boats, and the administrative help of NCP FLanders helped De Vlaamse waterweg to cross the line and get involved.