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European Innovation Council
EIC Pathfinder

Support to research teams to research or develop an emerging breakthrough technology


What can you expect as part of EIC Pathfinder?

With its Pathfinder programme the EIC supports the exploration of bold ideas for radically new technologies. It welcomes the high-risk / high gain and interdisciplinary cutting-edge science collaborations that underpin technological breakthroughs. 

Pathfinder goes beyond what is already known. Visionary thinking can open up promising avenues towards powerful new technologies.

Applicants participating in EIC Pathfinder projects are typically visionary scientists and entrepreneurial researchers from universities, research organisations, start-ups, high-tech SMEs or industrial stakeholders interested in technological research and innovation.

Projects typically involve consortia of researchers and other partners from at least three different countries, but there are also opportunities for individual teams and small consortia (two partners).

Grants of up to 3 to 4 million euro support early stage development of future technologies (e.g. various activities at low Technology Readiness Levels 1-3), up to proof of concept. Pathfinder projects can also receive additional funding for testing the innovation potential of their research outputs.

EIC Work Programme 2024

12 DECEMBER 2023
EIC work programme 2024
(1.27 MB - PDF)



Funding opportunities

The EIC Pathfinder programme consists of a combination of both open and challenge driven funding.

EIC Pathfinder Open

EIC Pathfinder Open provides funding for projects in any field of science or technology, based on high-risk/high-gain science-towards-technology breakthrough interdisciplinary research.

The total indicative budget for this call is EUR 136 million.

EIC Pathfinder Open 2024: Apply by 7 March 2024

For more details read the EIC Work Programme 2024 and check the Funding & tenders portal.

EIC Pathfinder Challenges

For projects that match any of the predefined thematic areas of the Pathfinder Challenges. The overall budget for the EIC Pathfinder Challenges in 2024 is €120 millions.

Pathfinder Challenges 2024  

EIC Pathfinder portfolio Strategic Plans

The Programme Managers proactively manage EIC portfolios. The specific portfolio objectives and activities are incorporated in the Strategic Plans for each EIC Pathfinder Challenge portfolio which are stored here.

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EIC Pathfinder calls

Apply for Pathfinder Open call

How to communicate your project

General publications26 March 2021
Pathfinder Open proposal template
(3.58 MB - PDF)


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