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EIC Accelerator

The EIC Accelerator is aimed at small and medium-sized companies that develop disruptive, high-risk innovations with great market potential. It is primarily aimed at companies that have high growth potential and operate on a European or international scale.

The core of the Accelerator is an open call for proposals. In addition, thematic calls for proposals on special strategic challenges are planned at irregular intervals.


What is funded

A prerequisite for funding in the EIC Accelerator is a high-risk idea with high market potential and a high degree of innovation. Therefore, it should be a disruptive innovation that involves a complete restructuring or disruption of existing, traditional business models, products, technologies or services. Both technical and non-technical innovations, such as social innovations or innovations in the service sector, are supported.

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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have the potential for strong international growth through the implementation of an innovative idea. The EIC Accelerator is aimed exclusively at individual applicants.

To be eligible to submit a project application, a technical project must be at Technology Readiness Level 6 (TLR 6). For this, TRL 5 must be largely completed. This means that the research must be (largely) completed and the technology must work in relevant environments.

3-stage application process

Step 1 – short application

In the first stage, a short proposal is submitted with a video and a pitch presentation.

Step 2 – long application

In the second stage, the small and medium-sized enterprises with the best project proposals must submit a detailed application.

Step 3 – jury interview

In the third stage, particularly promising applicants are invited to an interview in Brussels. The resubmission of applications that have been rejected twice is only possible after a period of 12 months.

Funding level

Funding in the EIC Accelerator is offered in two possible options:

  • Grant funding (grant-only): grant-based funding can range from 0.5 to 2.5 million euros, with a maximum of 70% of total project costs.
  • Blended finance: EIC Accelerator offers, in addition to the grant-based funding, the possibility to receive equity. The amount of equity requested depends on the activities and financial needs of the applicant company. Amounts from 0.5 – 15 million euros are possible.

Cut Off Dates:

The Accelerator has the following tentative cut off dates in 2022:

  • 12.01.2022
  • 06.04.2022
  • 15.06.2022
  • 05.10.2022

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