On 12 December 2023, the European Commission officially adopted the EIC 2024 Work Programme, making available €1.2 billion in funding opportunities for strategic technologies and scaling up companies. The biggest part of the budget is targeting the development and scaling up of “deep tech” innovations in start-ups and SMEs, including key sectors such as critical raw materials, generative artificial intelligence (AI), space, semiconductors and quantum technologies.

Funding opportunities under three different schemes

The EIC Programme funding is structured into 3 main funding instruments – Pathfinder, Transition and Accelerator – providing support to all along the innovation value chain, from early exploration of bold ideas for radically new technologies to scaling up to market.

  • EIC Pathfinder: In 2024, a total of €256 million is foreseen for multi-disciplinary research teams to undertake visionary research with the potential to lead to technology breakthroughs (grants up to €4 million).

Deadlines: 7 March 2024 (Open call) // 16 October (Challenge call)

  • EIC Transition: For next year, €94 million will be made available to turn research results into innovation opportunities. Applications to this instrument must focus on following up on results generated by EIC Pathfinder projects, European Research Council Proof of Concept projects and now also to project results from Horizon Europe collaborative projects from Pillar 2 societal challenges (grants up to €2.5 million).

Deadline: 18 September 2024 (Open call)

  • EIC Accelerator: In 2024, there will be €675 million available for start-ups and SMEs to develop and scale up innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones (grants below €2.5 million, investments from €0.5 to €15 million).

Deadlines: 13 March and 3 October 2024 (for both Open and Challenge calls)

Read more

Innovation and research: The impact of EU-funded projects


A report highlights the significant contribution of the EU’s 2014-2020 funding programme Horizon 2020 to implementing EU policies and addressing societal needs.
Read more

Call for proposals: Deployment actions in the field of cybersecurity


If you are working on cybersecurity and are looking for your next European-funded project, you can benefit from grants under the Digital Europe programme. The current call for proposals on deployment actions in the area of cybersecurity (DIGITAL-ECCC-2024-DEPLOY-CYBER-06) covers several topics. Applications close in March 2024.
Read more

The Pathways2Resilience first call for applicants is now open


Pathways2Resilience is a flagship project under the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change as it aims to support at least 100 European regions and communities to co-design locally led resilience pathways.
Read more

Europe’s Rail call for proposals 2023 open


Projects worth €21,2 million are expected to be funded under the Europe’s Rail call for proposals 2023 covering Flagship Area 1, dedicated to network management planning and control, mobility management in a multimodal environment and digital enablers, as well as Destination 8, answering to exploratory research and other activities. The application period is open until 7 February 2024 at 17:00 CET.
Read more

New Chips Joint Undertaking: First calls for proposals open


The Chips Joint Undertaking – a new initiative launched with funding from the Horizon Europe programme – is aimed at strengthening the European semiconductor ecosystem and Europe's technological leadership in this field. The first calls for proposals are now open. The deadline for submitting proposals is 29 February.
Read more

Resources all news