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The European Innovation Council (EIC) supports researchers and innovators developing high-risk, breakthrough innovations with the potential to create new markets and boost jobs, growth and prosperity in Europe. The EIC is open to ideas in any field of innovation and it is possible to apply at any time of the year.


Three types of programmes are offered by the EIC:

  1. Pathfinder for researchers and technologists (radically new technologies emerging from collaborative research); 
  2. Accelerator for startups, small companies, and entrepreneurs (development and scaling up of high-risk innovations);
  3. Transition for innovation activities that go beyond the experimental proof of principle in a laboratory.

Opportunity Details

Target audience
Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.
Digital skill level
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) not further defined
Geographical sphere
EU institutional initiative
Form of funding

Entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and academic partners.

Financing conditions

Financing conditions may vary depending on the type of programme.