Horizon Europe Pilar III: EIC

Do you have an innovation that could create new markets or disrupt existing ones?

EIC Accelerator

Quick facts
Number of pages of the applicationPre-screening: pitch deck (approx. 10 slides), project summary of max 5 pages, 3-min video.
Full application will be done on the EIC artificial intelligence-based IT platform.
Project durationMax 2 years
Maximum grantEUR 2.5 million (+ optional investment component of max EUR 15 million)
Funding rate70%
Technology Readiness Level (TRL)5-8 (grant), investment component can also be used for TRL >8
Industry areas (specific challenges in 2021) Deep tech, Digital technologies, Health, Green Deal
Estimated duration of application writing process (recommendation)10-15 weeks for all three phases

What is funded?

The EIC Accelerator supports the later stages of technology development as well as scale-up of technological breakthroughs (deep tech). The approach of the call is bottom-up, with emphasis on the specific challenges.

What support is available?

There are two types of funding available: Grant (grant component) and investment component

Grant component: In the grant component EUR 2.5 million is granted for 24 months to cover eligible costs of the project. Maximum of 70% of total costs are reimbursed. Grant may be used to cover development activities between TRL levels 5/6 to 8.

Investment component: Investment component is usually in the form of equity. The minimum investment component is EUR 0.5 million and the maximum is EUR 15 million. It is intended to finance market deployment and scale up but may also be used for other purposes (including co-financing or even fully-financing innovation activities). In the case of investment component, investments will not exceed 25% of the voting shares of the company and  will normally be made with a long average perspective (7-10 years) with a maximum of 15 years.

How to apply?

The application process includes three stages (1) Short application, (2) Full application. (3) Face-to-face interview (or video interview when COVID-19 travel restrictions apply).

Short applications: Short application can be submitted at any time via the EU Funding and Tenders Portal. It consists of (1) A 5-page form where you must summarise your proposal and respond to a set of questions on your innovation, your potential market and your team. (2) A pitch deck of up to 10 slides following a set
format provided by the EU commission. (3) A video pitch of up to 3 minutes where the core members of your team (up to three people) should provide the motivation for your application.

Full applications: If your short application is successful, you will be invited to prepare a full application which can be submitted to one of the cut-off dates within the next 12 months from the date of the response to your short application. You may decide which cut-off to apply to. The cut-off dates are published in the EU Funding and Tenders Portal. You must prepare your full application on the EIC artificial intelligence-based IT platform, which includes a number of automatic checks and feedback to guide you through the process. The full application consists of a full business plan and full information on you company’s finances and structure. You will also need to propose a set of milestones to be used as a basis for the EIC to manage the funding for your innovation.

Face-to-face interviews with an EIC Jury: All the companies that pass the full application phase are invited to face to face interviews. At the interview, you will be assessed by a panel with a maximum of six jury members. Detailed information about the format of the face-to-face interview will be communicated to you in the invitation. 


Short applications: First, the eligibility of your application is validated by EIC staff. After that, the application is sent to the EIC expert evaluators whose competence will match the area of technology and market application of your innovation. The evaluators will essentially look at the innovativeness / disruptiveness of your idea, its impact and your team.

Full applications: After each cut-off date the full applications will be evaluated by three expert evaluators, matched against the are of technology and application of your innovation, who will assess your application more in depth against the criteria.

Face-to-face interviews: The EIC jury members will have prior access to your short and full application and the evaluation results. Jury members will decide based on your interview and their overall assessment whether your proposal should be funded (GO) or not (NO-GO).

Is your novel technology ready for maturation and validation?

EIC Transition

Quick facts
Number of pages of application25 pages
Maximum grantEUR 2.5 million
Funding rate100%
Technology Readiness Level (TRL)4-6
Estimated duration of application writing process (recommendation)8 weeks

What is funded?

In the EIC Transition, the focus on validation and demonstration of technology in application-relevant environment and development of market readiness.  It supports both the maturation and validation of your novel technology in the lab and in relevant application environments as well as the development of a business case and business model towards the innovation’s future commercialisation. 

How to apply?

You must submit your application via the EU Funding and Tenders Portal before the given deadline. Application process includes two stages: 1) Written application 2) Interview.


Four EIC expert evaluators will evaluate and score your application against the evaluation criterion. The overall score for each evaluation criterion will be the median of the corresponding scores attributed by the individual evaluators. The total score of your proposal will be the sum of the overall scores from the three evaluation criteria.

At the interview you should convincingly pitch your application to the jury of maximum six people, who will ask you questions aimed at clarifying various aspects of your application in line with the evaluation criteria. The jury will recommend your application for funding or not (‘GO’ or ‘NO GO’) and will not provide a separate scoring against the criteria.

Do you have a vision for a future technology ?

EIC Pathfinder

Quick facts
Number of pages of the application17 pages
Maximum grantMaximum grant EUR 3 million (open call) and EUR 4 million (challenge driven call)
Funding rate100%
Technology Readiness Level (TRL)1-4
Project durationMax 4 years
Estimated duration of application writing process (recommendation)6 weeks

What is funded?

The EIC Pathfinder funds projects with the aim to achieve the proof of principle and validate the scientific basis of breakthrough technology. The approach of the call is bottom-up, with emphasis on the specific challenges.

How to apply?

You must submit your application via the EU Funding and Tenders Portal before the given deadline.


The application will be evaluated by EIC expert evaluators, after which you get to reply to their findings within seven calendar days. The evaluation committee will then decide on the final score taking into consideration the score given by the expert evaluators and your reply to their findings. The application is evaluated based on three main criteria: Excellence (60% weight), Impact (20% weight) and Implementation (20% weight)