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 2023
The EIC Work Programme opens funding opportunities worth over €1.6 billion in 2023. For the EIC Pathfinder, €343million is available for multi-disciplinary research teams to undertake visionary research with the potential to lead to technology breakthroughs.
The EIC Pathfinder programme consists of a combination of both open and challenge driven funding.
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 179.5 million.
The EIC Pathfinder Open 2023 call will close on the 7th March 2023 17.00 (CET).
For more details read the EIC Work Programme 2023 and check the Funding & tenders portal.
Strategic EIC Pathfinder Challenges
EIC Pathfinder funding is also available for specific challenges that are typically steered by an EIC Programme Manager.
2023 EIC Pathfinder Challenges
- Clean and efficient cooling
- Architecture, Engineering and Construction digitalisation for a novel triad of design, fabrication, and materials
- Precision nutrition
- Responsible electronics
- In-space solar energy harvesting for innovative space applications
The total indicative budget for this call is EUR 163.5 million which is expected to be allocated in approximately equal shares across the Challenges.
The call will open on 20 June 2023 and it will be closed on the 18 October 2023 at 17h00 Brussels local time.
Previous years challenges
2022 EIC Pathfinder Challenges
- Carbon dioxide and nitrogen management and valorisation
- Mid to long term and systems integrated energy storage
- Towards the healthcare continuum: technologies to support a radical shift from episodic to continuous healthcare
- DNA-based digital data storage
- Alternative approaches to quantum Information processing, communication, and sensing
2021 EIC Pathfinder Challenges
- Awareness inside
- Tools to measure & stimulate activity in brain tissue
- Emerging technologies in cell & gene therapy
- Novel routes to green hydrogen production
- Engineered living material
How to communicate your project
Have you been selected under one of the EIC funding schemes as part of the community of tomorrow's innovation leaders? This toolkit aims to help you prepare your communication activities, events and media relations.
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