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European Innovation Council
EIC Transition

Mature a novel technology and develop a business case to bring it to market


EIC Transition funds innovation activities that go beyond the experimental proof of principle in laboratory to support both:

  • the maturation and validation of your novel technology in the lab and in relevant application environments
  • the development of a business case and (business) model towards the innovation’s future commercialisation.

EIC Transition projects should address both technology and market/business development, possibly including iterative learning processes based on early customer or user feedback.

The expected outcomes of an EIC Transition project are:

  • a technology that is demonstrated to be effective for its intended application (TRL 5/6)  and
  • a business model, its initial validation and a business plan for its development to market.

Grants of up to €2.5 million are available to validate and demonstrate technology in application-relevant environment and develop market readiness.

EIC Work Programme 2023

The EIC Work Programme opens funding opportunities worth over €1.6 billion in 2023. For EIC Transition, the funding is worth €128 million.

EIC Work Programme 2023 - amended 11 August 2023
(1.42 MB - PDF)


Learn more & check the factsheets


Funding opportunities

EIC Transition Open

EIC Transition Open is an open funding scheme for projects in any field of science, technology or application as well as challenge driven funding on specific strategic fields.

The majority of funding will be awarded through open calls with no predefined thematic priorities.

This EIC transition Open is designed to enable support for any technologies and innovations that cut across different scientific, technological, sectoral and application fields or represent novel combinations.

Strategic EIC Transition Challenges

  • Full scale Micro-Nano-Bio devices for medical and medical research applications

Proposals submitted to this Challenge should aim at the completion of Micro-Nano-Bio technology suitable for transition to market. 

  • Environmental intelligence

Proposals submitted to this Challenge call should focus on demonstrating novel devices, sensors or technologies that have a clear and quantifiable advantage with respect to one or several of the key issues mentioned above compared with existing alternatives for similar class of problems or applications

  • Chip-scale optical frequency combs

The overall goal of this Challenge is to advance technological developments of the light states in driven nonlinear systems and to develop novel platforms for chip-scale frequency combs.


Cut-off and interview dates

  1. First cut-off
    12 April 2023
  2. Interview
    19-23 June 2023
  3. Second cut-off
    27 September 2023
  4. Interview
    11-15 December 2023

EIC Transition calls

Who can apply?

Single applicants (SMEs, spin-offs, start-ups, research organisations, universities) or small consortia (max 5 partners) may apply.

Applications are restricted to results generated by the following eligible projects:

  • EIC Pathfinder projects (including projects funded under EIC pilot Pathfinder, Horizon 2020 FET-Open, FET-Proactive) and FET Flagships calls (including ERANET calls under the FET Work Programme).
  • European Research Council Proof of Concept projects.
  • European Defence Fund (EDF), including the Preparatory Action on Defence Research, research. projects, but only for proposals which are exclusively focused on civil applications (including dual use).

For Transition Challenges ONLY:

  • all projects funded under Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe

Applicants will need to demonstrate that are the owner or holder of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), or have the necessary rights to commercialise the results from one of these eligible projects.

The list of the projects provided below is a “best effort” indication of potentially eligible projects unless amendments, early termination and errors.

The list does not provide proof of eligibility to submit a proposal to a EIC Transition call deadline.

Check also Innovation radar - innovation discovery tool for EIC Pathfinder/FET innovations or the ERC Research Information System (ERIS). See also the “Tips for applicants” article on how to get informed, connected and involved.

List of eligible projects

3 MARCH 2023
EIC Transition - list of eligible projects
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Support for applicants

Is EIC Transition for you?

  • Have you identified eligible project results that could be the basis for ground-breaking innovations and new businesses? 
  • Is this novel technology ready for the next steps towards its maturation and validation in some specific applications?  
  • Do you envisage building a motivated and diverse entrepreneur-lead team to develop the idea and increase its market readiness? 

Before you take a decision to apply, look carefully at the criteria and objectives in the EIC Work Programme and assess if your project is in line with them.

The application form will be available in the F&T portal under the EIC transition call page.

Transition Open results - September 2022

projects chosen
€ 2.29 million
average EU grant

Transition Challenges results - September 2022

projects chosen
€ 2.49 million
average EU grant


Answers to the frequently asked questions.

Seal of Excellence

Applications that meet all the criteria, but are not recommended for funding due to budget limits, will be awarded a Seal of Excellence to help them secure funding from other sources. Companies with a Seal of Excellence can also get support from EIC Business Acceleration Services. To be eligible for a Seal of Excellence you must give consent to sharing some basic information about your application with other funding and support organisations.

EIC Transition news

EIC Cell and Gene Therapy Symposium
  • News article

Highlights from the EIC Cell and Gene Therapy Symposium

On 27 October 2023, the EIC Cell and Gene Therapy Symposium took place in in the context of the 30th Annual ESGCT Congress in Brussels. The event was organised by Dr. Iordanis Arzimanoglou, EIC Programme Manager for Health and Biotech.