Launch of the new European Innovation Council

The European Innovation Council (EIC) is a key novelty of Horizon Europe and represents the most ambitious innovation initiative that Europe has taken, with a budget of €10 billion for the period 2021-2027. The EIC has a mission to identify, develop and scale-up breakthrough technologies and disruptive innovations. The EIC will support startups, SMEs and research teams developing high-risk, high-impact breakthrough innovation, with a particular focus on scaling up game-changing solutions that contribute to the objectives of the European Green Deal and the Recovery Plan for Europe. 

The first calls for applicants are planned to be released on 18 March –in  a two-day launch event to know more about the vision of the EIC and on what is behind its funding opportunities. 

The launch ceremony, planned for 18 March, will include specific sessions on the contribution of the EIC to Europe’s economic recovery. There will be an special focus on creating innovation ecosystems for sustainability. 

The day after (19 March) or “applicant day” the focus will be on potential beneficiaries and stakeholders and will provide concrete information on how the EIC works, how to apply, who is eligible, etc. 

Sessions will include information on funding opportunities for research teams, startups, SMEs and investors 

Both events will be webstreamed live and no registration is necessary. 


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