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EIC Next Generation Innovation Talents internship scheme - online info session

Register for this info session and discover how to get a ‘real entrepreneurial feel’.

EIC Info Session "Next Generation Talent Internship Scheme" happening on 18 September 2023 online . General EIC hasthtag #EUeic


Info session

The online info session on "Next generation talent internship scheme" took place on 18 September.

You will find here below the Power Point Presentation and the recording.




14:30 -  Welcome  by Keith Sequeira, Head of EIC Unit, R&I

14:40 Innovation Talents in context of EU innovation policy

             (Call scope, objectives, expected impacts)

              Albena Kuyumdzhieva, Policy Officer, R&I

15:00 - Call presentation

              (Eligibility, COI, financial support to 3rd parties, deadlines,

               application and evaluation) 

              Maciej Lopatka, Policy Officer, EISMEA

15:25 - Q&A session

15:55 - Closing


Background information

The "Next Generation Innovation Talents” internship scheme will enable researchers to get a ‘real entrepreneurial feel’.

The scheme has two main streams:

  1. Deep tech talents: internship duration of 3 to 6 months open to PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers currently working for ERC, EIC Pathfinder, MSCA, EIT and Research Infrastructure actions. These internships will be dedicated to highly specialised work on specific project or assistance to a senior executive (CEO, CTO, CSO) as requested by the hosting company.
  2. Aspiring innovators: internship duration of up to 6 months open to relevant students in (and graduates from) EIT Label Masters and Doctoral programmes, EIT Alumni, EIT Jumpstarter beneficiaries. These internships are for less specialist work experience in the host organisation.

The winner of this call  can be a single legal entity or a consortium of legal entities. The scheme will be implemented by the beneficiary in close cooperation with each of the original funding schemes (partner programmes) of the researchers (MSCA, EIT, ERC, EIC Pathfinder, the Research Infrastructure part of Horizon Europe). The costs of the internships will be covered by the partner programmes (with exception of ERC), in line with their work programmes. The hosting companies will not provide any direct payment to the interns. It is expected that approximately 600 innovation internships will be supported under this action, of approximately three to six months each, over a two-year period.

The selected beneficiary should have the knowledge, expertise and means to implement the scheme. In particular, the beneficiary must demonstrate knowledge in Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe funding programmes and experience in: managing grants and multiple stakeholders projects under Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe; human resources advisory services, recruitment and head hunting capacities for start-ups and spin-off; providing legal and accounting services. 

Deadline date:  04 October 2023 17:00:00 Brussels time

For more information about this scheme and eligibility criteria, please check the Funding and Tender Portal

Related information

Work Programme 2023 - EIC factsheets - What's in for researchers? 

EIC 2023 work programme


  • innovation
  • Monday 18 September 2023, 14:30 - 16:00 (CEST)
  • Online only

Practical information

Monday 18 September 2023, 14:30 - 16:00 (CEST)
Online only