EIC Accelerator 2023

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What is the EIC Accelerator and who should apply?

The EIC Accelerator is designed for high potential, high risk start-ups and scale-ups developing deep tech. In 2023, the overall budget is €1.137bn split in Open and Challenge calls.

Open calls are for companies from any industry, while Challenge calls have specific topics you can find below. The EIC Accelerator funding includes a grant component of up to €2.5m and equity of up to €15m*.

Open Call

€612.98m

Short application deadline: Continuous

Full application deadlines: 11/01/2023 - 22/03/2023 - 07/06/2023 - 04/10/2023

Grants of max. €2.5m and /or Equity of max. €15m*

Funding Rate
0%

Challenge Call

€524.73m

Short application deadline: Continuous

Full application deadlines: 22/03/2023 - 07/06/2023 - 04/10/2023

Grants of max. €2.5m and /or Equity of max. €15m*

Funding Rate
0%

When to apply for the EIC Accelerator in 2023?

The EIC Accelerator is a 3-step process. It starts with a short application that can be submitted at any time via the online platform.

The EIC Accelerator has 4 deadline dates in 2023 for the full application, which is the second step of the process: 11/01, 22/03, 07/06 04/10.

Step 1

Short Application

Step 2

Full Application

Step 3

Face-to-face Interview

The face-to-face interview is the last and decisive step of the process. Companies are invited to meet with a panel of 5 jury members. The panel will decide if companies are awarded funding from the EIC Accelerator. The interview lasts 45 minutes, the first 10 minutes on the pitch deck submitted at the full application stage. The remaining 35 minutes are Q&A with the 5-member jury panel. After two/three weeks from the interview, companies will be notified on the final outcome of their application.

Challenge Topics

Improve the efficacy, safety and uptake of therapeutic approaches against refractory cancers, using novel comprehensive predictive, prognostic and companion diagnostic tests, in the context of precision oncology.

 

Specific Objectives:

 

  • Develop novel companion diagnostic assays, including through liquid profiling to identify who, among cancer patients, is more likely to benefit from a given treatment (guided treatment); 
  • Develop novel predictive biomarker-based assays to identify who, among patients with potentially precancerous lesions, is more likely to develop cancer;
  • Develop novel prognostic assays including through liquid profiling to identify who, among the cancer patients who underwent treatment, is more likely to recur;
  • Develop novel companion diagnostic assays, including through liquid profiling to identify who, among the cancer patients receiving treatment, is more likely to develop side effects as a result of the treatment and,
  • Develop novel monitoring biomarker-based assays to effectively monitor the clinical course of the disease.

 

Indicative budget: €65m

Strengthen EU’s industry preparedness and competitiveness in the area of pandemic safety technologies.

 

Specific Objectives:

 

  • Full systems for high-efficiency aerosol capture, pathogen deactivation and air circulation management in closed-environments (e.g., office space, in-flight, retail stores, etc.), including advanced air-filtering architectures and dynamic air circulation optimisation.
  • Next-generation face mask technologies with smart filtration materials to exceed N95 performance at low airflow resistance, with improved retention/rejection of sub-micron particles. 
  • Rapid surface decontamination devices beyond state-of-the-art UV-C irradiation systems and biocidal agent dispersion.

 

Indicative budget: €65m

Strategic for the REPowerEU plan, transforming the EU into a resource-efficient economy, ensuring increasing Europe's energy independence from unreliable suppliers and volatile fossil fuels, facilitating the development of social innovations and promotion of participative approaches for a fair energy transition, increasing awareness for a rationale use of energy, while preserving Europe’s natural environment and tackling climate change.

 

Specific Objectives:

 

  • Store electric and/or thermal energy at low cost, high density, high charging/discharging efficiency and enhanced durability.
  • Design technological approaches (chemical, electrical, electrochemical, mechanical, thermal) for energy storage at different scales (centralised at large industrial facilities premises or distributed and at small scale level – mobile electronics), duration (short – millisecond to day, medium – days to month and long term – months to seasons) and uses (from stationary to mobile).
  • Develop technologies that, without using critical raw materials or ensuring the maximisation of their recycle/reuse, minimise their carbon footprint measured through a life-cycle analysis (including cost and social impact evaluation). The integration of technologies in products and services shall embrace circular and life cycle thinking approach, and support the transition to a circular economy.

 

Indicative budget: €100m

To provide transformative digital products or digitally enabled solutions for the AEC sector that can help it achieve climate neutrality while striving to comply with or contribute to the human-centred quality principles brought forward by the New European Bauhaus.

 

Specific Objectives:

 

  • Computational design. This relates to ventures that develop and scale radical new products for mass-adoption of parametric, generative and algorithmic design, or breakthrough products in physical simulation or digital twin. 
  • Digital fabrication. This relates to ventures developing and commercializing large-scale fabrication products (or components or solutions for that) with a view on future economic industrialisation of the AEC value chain, for example 3D-printing products, such as “construction variants” of Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Wire-and-Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM), BinderJetting (BJ), Stereolithography(SLA), or Digital Light Processing (DLP), robot assisted composites fabrication, factory and field robotics, automation products, digital moulds, solutions for distributed building factories. This includes innovative solutions to further progress the current Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) processing factories. 
  • Alternative materials. This relates to ventures active in the development, production, advanced application of alternative building materials, or building concepts, building elements, design coupled with fabrication concepts, such as stereotomy 2.0, based on advanced uses of alternative materials. This includes innovative applications of timber, timber derivatives such as CLT or Glulam, timber composites, curved CLT surfaces and high performance composed building elements.

 

Indicative budget: €65m

Focused on the development next-generation fault-tolerant quantum computer hardware components (e.g., by using different types of qubits and a new methods for controlling them) and quantum sensors that work in real environment.

 

Specific Objectives:

 

  • Fault-tolerant quantum computer(s) with:
  •  Improved performance;
  • Significantly simplified QPU (Quantum Processing Units) integration with control electronics;
  • Scalable control systems (scalable to tens of thousands of qubits, needed for meaningful practical applications);
  • Quantum sensors to function in real/harsh environment for various application areas, such as ecotoxicology, pharmaceuticals, biomedical, space, corrosion detection in power plants, gas/oil tanks, raw material detection, medical imaging, automotive and many more.

 

Indicative budget: €50m

Promoting Europe’s chip design ecosystem could be a cost-efficient way to climb the semiconductor value chain, diversify EU economy and earn a strong position at the technological frontier.

 

Specific Objectives:

 

  • Support the design and development of innovative semiconductor components and intellectual property for analogue and digital integrated circuits and systems including memory, logic, optical components, and sensors, in relevant technology fields such as: Artificial Intelligence, edge computing, Internet of Things, electric and autonomous vehicles, 5G/6G communication, cybersecurity, health & wellness, environmental sustainability. The scope also includes innovative design approaches that address combination of different functionalities such as computing, RF, power, memory and sensing. Moreover, this Challenge should support sophisticated chips design for 14nm nodes and bellow in order to keep Europe in the front line of semiconductor industry in the coming years as the industry thrives for higher performance and greater circuit complexity.

 

Indicative budget: €50m

In support of the EU Soil Mission and the EU Green Deal, Farm to Fork strategy, Fit for 55 and REPowerEU policy actions, the key goal of this Challenge is to develop solutions contributing to the development of an agricultural and food production system resilient to environmental and social disruptions. To achieve progress in this area a new generation of technologies, equipment and materials is needed, based on principles of regenerative agriculture and supported by Industry 4.0 technologies and in line with principles of Industry 5.0.

 

Specific Objectives:

 

  • Development and scaleup of interdisciplinary solutions for regenerative agriculture and soil health in the areas of
  • Fertilisation
  • Crop protection
  • Irrigation
  • Soil and crop management
  • Novel processes, materials, equipment, crops and microorganisms adapted to harsh environments, climate adaptation needs and resource scarcity, including diversification of crops, mixed farming systems, inter-seasonal cropping and technologies to increase crops adaptation to climate changes.

 

Indicative budget: €65m

Ensure Europe is able to service and protect its own Space infrastructure, avoiding the risk of losing its strategic autonomy, and enhance the competitiveness of its space industry by encouraging the emergence of innovative, interoperable, scalable, and autonomous “customer-driven” innovative space technologies and services.

 

Specific Objectives:

 

  • To have the means to inspect spacecraft in orbit, to augment satellite capabilities and resilience;
  • Develop autonomous and in-space collision avoidance capabilities e.g., use of Artificial Intelligence (AI)/ Machine Learning (ML) for collision avoidance manoeuvres, space debris positioning data and develop in-space mobility propulsion capabilities; 
  • Further mature self-assembly of spacecraft in orbit with different applications (e.g., in-orbit, cis-lunar exploration, Earth observation, space debris inspection, space situational awareness, etc.); 
  • Collect space debris with a view for recycling, recovering and transforming purposes (e.g., microgravity platforms);
  • Design and construct a R&I low Earth orbit unmanned platform assembled in orbit and to host in-orbit microgravity experiments or collect/re-use space debris considering and make use of a sustainable, modular concept for the platform and its operation;
  • Develop innovative technologies for Earth observation, navigation, satellite communications (SATCOM), space science, space situational awareness (SSA) and in-space logistics.

 

Indicative budget: €65m

*Amounts greater than €15m may be requested for certain justified cases.

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