EIC Pathfinder Open 2021

You should apply to this call if you are looking for support from EIC Pathfinder Open to realise an ambitious vision for radically new technology, with potential to create new markets and/or to address global challenges. EIC Pathfinder Open supports early stage development of such future technologies (e.g. various activities at low Technology Readiness Levels 1-4), based on high-risk/high-gain science-towards-technology breakthrough research (including ‘deep-tech’). This research must provide the foundations of the technology you are envisioning.

EIC Pathfinder Open may support your work, especially if it is highly risky: you may set out to try things that will not work; you may be faced with questions that nobody knows the answer to yet; you may realise that there are many aspects of the problem that you do not master. On the contrary, if the path you want to follow is incremental by nature or known, EIC Pathfinder Open will not support you.

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LIFE programme: EU earmarks €121 million for major Integrated Projects

The European Commission has announced that it will invest €121 million in Integrated Projects under the LIFE programme, a 20% budget increase from last year.

The new LIFE programme will cover nature & biodiversity, circular economy & quality of life, climate change mitigation and adaption and clear energy transition.


A call for proposals will be announced in the upcoming months with the deadline for applications foreseen for late autumn 2021.

The projects contribute to the green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and support the European Green Deal’s objective of making the EU the first climate-neutral continent by 2030. They also add to key European Green Deal components including the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the EU Circular Economy Action Plan.

Find out more in the press release.

The EIC Accelerator: new changes in Horizon Europe starting 2021

The EIC Accelerator funding scheme targets deep tech startups with completely new ideas underpinned by a business plan to roll out marketable innovation solutions and dreams to scale up.

The scheme offers up to €17,5 million in the financing, blending grants and equity-based investments. Running as a pilot programme within Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the EIC has become one of the most prosperous funding schemes worldwide.

It will continue to run for the future Horizon Europe (2021-2027), with the EU pledging over €10 billion. While the EIC Accelerator was considered a highly selective program with only the very best proposals getting funded, it has fallen victim to its own success.

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Ira-SME 27th Call for Proposals

The purpose of this document is to provide interested parties with information on the 27th IraSME call for R&D proposals. It is targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and research and technology organisations (RTOs) which jointly conduct international research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI) projects.

The main objective of IraSME is to strengthen the competitive capacity of SMEs by:

  • increasing collaboration between SMEs from different countries,
  • increasing cooperation between SMEs and RTOs,
  • increasing cooperative and competitive capabilities of SMEs to work in international R&D networks,
  • supporting them in developing new products, processes or technical services that exceed the existing state of the art and have good market opportunities by lowering the economical risks.
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Strengthening the role of social partners in mitigating the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis

This call for proposals is financed under the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” 2014-20201 which is a European-level financing instrument managed directly by the European Commission to contribute to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, by providing financial support for the Union’s objectives in terms of promoting a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

The 2020 annual work programme for grants and procurement for the European Union Programme for EaSI was adopted on 30 October 2019 as Commission Decision C(2019) 7630, and was amended on 22 April 2020 by Commission Decision C(2020) 2377 and 8 December 2020 by Commission Decision C(2020) 8560. Commission Decision C(2020) 8560 introduced in section II.2 Grants, point 2.3.6b. the basis for this call.

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