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8 4 - 2021

EIC Accelerator 2022

Date published:
Deadline for submission:
Short application: any time; Full application 2022: 23 March, 15 June, 05 October
70%, grant between €0,5mio - €2,5mio, equity up to €15mio or above in justified cases

The EIC Accelerator focuses in particular on innovations building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs (“deep tech”) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (“patient capital”). 


  • Short application: any time
  • Full application upon invitation after approval of the short application in 2022: 23 March, 15 June, 05 October


The EIC Accelerator focuses in particular on innovations building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs *(“deep tech”) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (“patient capital”).

The EIC Accelerator is for innovators with ground-breaking concepts that could shape new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and worldwide.

EIC Accelerator helps you develop your business concept further into a market-ready product, service or process aligned with your company's growth strategy. Activities could, for example, include product/service development, trials, prototyping, validation, demonstration and testing in real-world conditions and market replication.

Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 5/6 or above is required.

Project duration for grant component: up to 24 months (TRL 5/6 – TRL 8).

Project duration for investment component: tbd during investment agreement negotiations (TRL 9 and beyond).





Bottom-up approach (across different fields)

1. Technologies for »Fit for 55«

2. Technologies for Open Strategic Autonomy



The EIC Accelerator is a mono-beneficiary scheme. Single SMEs (Small and Medium sized Enterprises), including young companies and start-ups, from any sector. You must be established in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country.

In exceptional cases and for rapid scaleup purpose only (TRL 9) small mid-cap companies with up to 500 employees may apply for investment component only.


The EIC Accelerator provides a unique combination of funding from €0.5 to €17.5 million and Business Acceleration services (BAS).

Types of funding:

  • Maximum €2.5 million for grant (70% co-financing)
  • From €0.5 to €15 million for equity investment only
  • From €0.5 to €17.5 million for grant and investment funding (blended finance)


  • Personnel Costs
  • Other Direct Costs
    • Travel (travel + accommodation)
    • Equipment depreciation
    • Other goods and services (material costs, external services)
  • Subcontracting Costs (may be an essential part of the project implementation activities, but should not be a disproportionate part of the total estimated eligible costs)
  • Indirect Costs – 25 % of direct costs (subcontracting excluded)


The application process consists of 5 steps

  • Step 0: Discovery / Diagnostic modules
  • Step 01: Short application (5-page form, pitch deck, video presentation)
  • Step 02: Preparation of full application
  • Step 03: Submission and remote evaluation
  • Step 04: Face-to-face interviews

Novelty in 2022:

Broadened definition of female-led companies beyond the CEO position (extended with CSO, CTO).

The Challenges in 2022:

  • Technologies for Open Strategic Autonomy
    • Components, technologies and systems for the pharmaceutical industry
    • Strategic healthcare technologies
    • Sustainable and innovative approaches, including circular approaches to critical raw materials (CRM)
    • New applications of quantum technologies
    • Edge computing applications
    • Innovative applications making use of data and signals from EU space infrastructures
    • Development of space technologies
    • Critical security technologies
    • Technologies for innovative financial and payment infrastructures and services
  • Technologies for ‘Fit for 55’:
    • Higher clean energy conversion and use
    • Decarbonisation of hard-to-abate industries
    • Energy efficiency and safety in the built environment
    • Zero emission mobility solutions
    • Climate neutrality in the land use
    • Water, gas and indoor air management/monitoring systems
    • Green digital technologies.



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