EIC Accelerator 2022


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 2022, the overall budget is €1.168bn 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. In 2022, companies applying to one of the challenge call topics under technologies for open strategic autonomy may seek more than €15m in equity from the EIC Fund.*

Open Call


Short application deadline: Continuous.

Full application deadlines: 23/03/2022 - 15/06/2022 - 05/10/2022.

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

Funding Rate

Challenge Call


Short application deadline: Continuous.

Full application deadlines: 23/03/2022 - 15/06/2022 - 05/10/2022.

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

Funding Rate

When to apply for the EIC Accelerator in 2022?

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 3 cut-off dates in 2022 for the full application, which is the second step of the process. The first is on 23/03. The second is on 15/06. The third is on 05/10.

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

Technologies for Open Strategic Autonomy*

To ensure security of supply including through synthetic biology and novel manufacturing technologies.

Building on Europe’s research strengths in cell and gene therapies, including ribonucleic acid (RNA) based therapies to ensure EU leadership.

For new sources of supply/extraction, processing, use, recovery or replacement aimed at improving efficiency use, so reducing EU dependency on external providers, and to build EU capacity at all stages of the raw materials value chains.

On the ground and in space building on Europe’s research strengths including the Quantum Flagship to put EU at the forefront of the second quantum revolution and leader in the deployment of such technologies as well as to support the EU Secure Connectivity initiative.

Including new business models to foster EU leading role in their development.

(Galileo, Copernicus, etc.) To ensure more prominent exploitation of newly available functionalities creating opportunities for breakthrough innovations across multiple downstream sectors.

Including those needing in-orbit demonstration (IOD) / in-orbit validation (IOV) services, for space transportation, telecommunications, satellite navigation, earth and ocean observation, space surveillance and tracking as well as on-orbit services, in support of EU competitiveness and non-dependence.

For secure communication, data security and protection of borders (while respecting fundamental human rights and freedoms such as the rights to privacy and data protection) to ensure safeguarding of EU and citizens’ interests.

Supporting the development of pan-European payment solutions, as enabler for the digitalization of Europe’s economy.

Technologies for ‘Fit for 55’

Through energy harvesting, conversion and storage, including renewable energy carriers, their integration into energy systems and hybrid energy generation.

Including carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions capture/conversion, transport, storage and utilisation/valorisation , process-integrated energy harvesting, recovery and storage, use of renewable hydrogen, waste heat recovery and valorisation of by-products for co-production of energy and materials.

Including the use of innovative climate-neutral materials, smart windows, technology and natural carbon removal solutions, design and engineering concepts that increase the energy performance, comfort and safety, indoor air management, the integration of renewable energy, facilitate the development of energy communities and smart grid, circularity and integrated food-energy-water management.

For all modes of transport, both for passenger vehicles and for light and heavy duty vehicles, with a particular focus on automation, connectivity solutions, and solutions that enhance interaction with the energy system.

To increase climate resilience, decontaminate soils, and abate nitrogen and methane emissions, increase carbon stock in the soil and, other carbon pools on land and coastal zones.

Both for quality and indexing purposes (global warming measurements) and early warning tools, gas leakage monitoring systems, treatment systems, sustainable gas grids (for hydrogen).

To enhance energy system integration to enable supply and demand side management and costs optimisation, real time monitoring, control, digitalised maintenance; tools to enhance digital protection of energy systems, smart grids and net zero energy communities; blockchain concepts adapted to energy performance in buildings and to power systems increased reliability; quantum computing for energy systems; digital solutions/sensors to improve efficiency.

*Amounts greater than €15m may be requested for specific challenges.

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