EIC Pathfinder 2023


Who can apply for the EIC Pathfinder 2023?

Open Call: Consortia of minimum 3 partners from 3 different eligible countries.

Challenge Call: Single applicants or small consortia of minimum 2 partners.

  • Total budget: €343m
  • Max project funding: €4m
  • Funding rate: 100%

When to apply for the EIC Pathfinder in 2023?

The EIC Pathfinder is a 1-step process.

Proposals of 17 pages for EIC Pathfinder Open and 25 pages for EIC Pathfinder Challenge.

The EIC Pathfinder has 2 deadlines in 2023: 07/03 for Open proposals; and 18/10 for Challenge proposals.

Step 1

17-25 page Proposal

Funding Options

Grants of up to €4m.

The projects funded through EIC Pathfinder are eligible:

  • To receive EIC Booster grants of up to €50k.
  • To submit an EIC Transition proposal.
  • To submit an EIC Accelerator proposal via the Fast Track scheme.

Open Call



Grants of max. €4m

Funding Rate

Challenge Call



Grants of max. €4m

Funding Rate

Challenge Topics

Advancing scientific knowledge and technological development of novel, clean and efficient cooling solutions that fully integrate “cold economy”.


Specific Objectives:


  • Transformational research that could displace existing technologies (such as functionalised Phase Change Materials (PCM), thermophotonic cooling, reversible combustion materials etc.),
  • Integration of renewable energy, waste heat recovery or energy harvesting for cooling (such as passive cooling, radiative and solar cooling, absorption and hybrid heat pumps, waste heat recovery, heat pipes),
  • Store and transport cold (decoupling demand/generation) and system level integration opportunities.
  • Integration of innovative and low-CO2 cooling concepts in particular in hard to abate industrial sector.

Early-stage innovations that mix digitalisation with this new triad of design, fabrication, and materials, and in particular, those that come forward with breakthrough solutions for digitizing AEC value chains at large.


Specific Objectives:


  • Computational design and other solutions that advance the state of the art of algorithmically generated design, topology optimisation, agent-based modelling, physical simulation, digital representations such as digital twins and nature inspired design. New algorithmic design solutions may enable breakthroughs in functional integration of complex systems, and the combination of algorithmic design and additive manufacturing recently showed such breakthrough solutions in complex areas as rocket engines. These solutions may also blur boundaries of nano-scale, micro-scale, meso-scale, and macroscale, and allow for new developments in meta-materials or bio-mimicry in terms of building structures and patterns.
  • Digital fabrication solutions synchronous with a vast potential of the nearly unlimited complexity of algorithmic design, namely when considering offsite fabrication facilities. Digital fabrication can relate to all digitally enabled manufacturing technologies, in particular to novel concepts for additive manufacturing such as new 3D printing techniques to realise the highly complex design definitions at voxel level with ever-higher resolution. Beyond advancing and further building on the known practices of layered extrusion and binder jetting, processes such as rapid liquid printing in a carrier suspension can be a promising new pathway for digital fabrication for the AEC. In addition, quality assurance (QA) / quality control (QC) technologies may also be central with the exploration of new scanning technologies such as Computed Tomography (CT/ μCT) to detect defects and build a digital “as built” model, albeit at the scale AEC needs.
  • Alternative materials as a field where the mix with digital design and digital fabrication technologies can be demonstrated by the AEC sector to vastly reduce the use of cement and its CO2 emissions in the transition to net zero. With a larger potential of digitisation grounded on adopting alternative materials, several paths can be open. Digital design and digital fabrication can enable a widespread adoption of bio-based materials, as for example all known and new timber derivatives, fungal architecture, bamboo, hemp, and others, natural materials such as earth, clay, stone, etc., and recycled and waste-based materials currently considered as inferior. By a similar token, new pathways for engineered materials can also emerge here, as for instance applications of composites and algorithmically generated “meta-materials”. An overarching objective is for the AEC sector to adopt materials that are directly or indirectly capable of reducing or even removing and absorbing carbon permanently from the atmosphere and economic cycle.

Investigate the role of diet in obesity and NCDs, to provide scientific evidence for alleviating the consequences of obesity and NCDs on health and wellbeing and to pave the way towards the design of novel foods, tailored to individual dietary needs.


Specific Objectives:


  • Confirm and quantify causal relationships among diet, microbiome and glycans, with strong emphasis on factors with significant stratifying effect on human diet. Provide scientific evidence to stratify dietary recommendations for obesity and particular NCDs such as but not limited to diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, rheumatic arthritis, Parkinson’s- and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Identify food ingredients, food technology processes, additives and dietary patterns that have detrimental effects on human health, aging, the microbiome and the glycome so appropriate measures can be implemented during the design of novel foods and dietary patterns.
  • Identify food ingredients, food technology processes and additives that have beneficial effect on human health, aging, the microbiome, the glycome and later expression of NCDs.
  • Provide scientific evidence to stratify dietary recommendations for targeted microbiome modulation.
  • Provide scientific evidence and process/product development recommendations for the reformulation of processed food with no- or less additives.
  • Provide scientific evidence and process/product development recommendations for the design of novel foods tailored to stratified/ individual dietary needs.

Create opportunities for discovery of new environmentally friendly electronic materials, thus reducing its environmental impact and the need for critical raw materials and hazardous chemicals.


Specific Objectives:


  • Advanced electronic materials for unconventional devices:
  • small-molecule and polymeric organic materials,
  • solution-processable inorganic materials,
  • hybrid organic-inorganic materials,
  • polymer-matrix nano-composite materials,
  • bio-based and nature-inspired materials
  • for the manufacturing of n- and p-semiconductors, dielectrics, conductors, including transparent conductors, particularly those suitable to make functional inks, passivation/encapsulation/packaging materials, flexible/stretchable substrates, etc.
  • Advanced processes:
  • production methods based on solution processing such as blade coating, slot die coating, spray coating, screen printing, inkjet printing, offset, gravure and flexo-printing, or
  • other techniques particularly suitable for sheet-to-sheet or roll-to-roll manufacturing.
  • Unconventional applications including e-textile/e-skin:
  • backplane and logic circuits,
  • microprocessors (4-8 bits),
  • sensors,
  • displays,
  • power supplies,
  • wireless transmitters/receivers, etc.

Development of technologies required for in-space energy harvesting and transmission, and of novel propulsion technologies that will use such harvested energy.


Specific Objectives:


  • Scalable solutions (e.g., solar energy harvesting antennas, on-board spacecraft photovoltaic cells) for in-orbit efficient solar energy collection and storage.
  • Conversion of the harvested energy in a form, appropriate for transmission at long distances in empty space.
  • Efficient wireless and secure power transmission of the transformed energy between in-space harvesting devices on spacecraft and re-translation stations or other final receivers. This may require a grid of re-transmitting stations, which not only amplify the wireless transmission, but also redirect the transmission as necessary.
  • Innovative green propulsion solutions for in-space mobility, resulting into low cost or eco-friendly innovative concepts.

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