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Funding opportunities for the next 3 years
12. February 2018 News

Funding opportunities for the next 3 years

The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at cutting edge of innovation.

The  European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at cutting edge of innovation.

With a budget of €2.7 billion, it brings together existing instruments: the SME Instrument, inducement prizes, FET-Open and Fast Track to Innovation. Further changes include making the SME instrument fully 'bottom up' so that innovative projects that cut across sectors and technologies can be supported

This support is aimed at people and companies with ideas or innovations which

  • are radically different from existing products, services or technologies
  • are highly risky
  • need additional investment to get to market

Focus areas

have been designed around four political priorities:

  • a low-carbon;
  • climate resilient future;
  • circular economy;
  • digitising and transforming European industry and services and
  • security union.

These focus areas are 'virtual calls' that cut across several parts of the Work Programme and that are endowed with a substantial budget. Focus areas are expected to create an exceptional impact, addressing ‘big ticket' challenges.

Concept of EIC Pilot 2018-2020

Snapshot on EIC calls 2018-2020

 

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