The European Innovation Council

The European Inovation Council, part of the European Union’s Framework Programme for research and innovation (Horizon Europe), aims to identify, develop and support innovative, high-risk projects.

The EIC supports all stages of innovation; from the laboratory-based research that enables breakthrough technologies, through to the development and scaling up of start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

EIC funding is organised into three main programmes:

The majority of EIC funding is awarded through open calls with no predefined thematic priorities (‘Open Funding’). There are also a smaller number of challenge driven calls, which address specific technological and innovation breakthroughs aligned with EU priorities for transitioning to a green, digital and healthy society.

Information on current and upcoming funding opportunites can be found in the EIC Work Programme 2022