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European Innovation Council

EIC Pathfinder Open

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The overall objective of the EIC Pathfinder for advanced research is to develop the scientific basis to underpin breakthrough technologies. It provides support for the earliest stages of scientific, technological or deep-tech research and development. Pathfinder projects aim to build on new, cutting-edge directions in science and technology to disrupt a field and a market or create new opportunities by realising innovative technological solutions through:

  • ‘EIC Pathfinder Open’, open to support projects in any field of science, technology or application without predefined thematic priorities.
  • ‘EIC Pathfinder Challenges’ to support coherent portfolios of projects within predefined thematic areas with the aim to achieve specific objectives for each Challenge.

EIC Pathfinder Open 2024

Before applying for the EIC Pathfinder Open, you should beforehand review the EIC Pathfinder Challenges and check if your project matches any of the predifined topics. The EIC Pathfinder Open and the EIC Pathfinder Challengers are described extensively in the EIC Work Programme

EIC Work Programme

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General publications12 December 2023
EIC work programme 2024

The European Innovation Council work programme 2024 opens funding opportunities worth over €1.2 billion for strategic technologies and scaling up companies. The majority is dedicated to SMEs and start-ups to develop and scale up “deep tech” innovations in critical fields such as generative artificial intelligence (AI), space, critical raw materials, semiconductors and quantum technologies.