EIC Transition

Who can apply for the EIC Transition in 2024?

  • A single entity.
  • A small consortium of two independent entities from two different Member States (MS) or Associated Countries (AC).
  • A consortium of minimum three and maximum five independent legal entities following standard rules, i.e. entities from at least 3 different MS or AC and at least 1 established in a MS.
  • Proposals must build on results from EIC Pathfinder, FET, ERC Proof of Concepts, or EDF.

Objectives

EIC Transition aims at maturing both technology and business ideas thus increasing technology and market/commercial readiness, supporting several different pathways beyond fundamental research. More specifically, it funds both the maturation and validation of a novel technology from the lab to the relevant application environments (by making use of prototyping, formulation, models, user testing or other validation tests) as well as explorations and development of a sustainable business case and business model towards commercialisation into high potential markets.

When to apply for the EIC Transition in 2024?

The EIC Transition is a 2-step process.

The EIC Transition has 1 deadline in 2024: 18/09.

Step 1

22-Page Proposal

Step 2

Face-to-Face Interview

The projects funded through EIC Transition are eligible:

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

Open Call

Applicants to EIC Transition can submit proposals through an EIC Transition Open call which has no predefined thematic priorities and is open to proposals in any field of science, technology or application.

Budget

€94mn

Max Project Funding

€2,5mn

Project Duration

1 to 3 years

Deadline

18/09/2024

Funding Rate
0%

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EIC Transition FAQs

For submitted proposals services check that the proposals still comply with the (minimum) participation conditions, e.g.:
• For three or more-beneficiary proposals (3 different countries): must include at least one legal entity established in an EU member state (MS) and two legal entities established in two other EU member states or (candidate) associated countries (AC);
• For two-beneficiary proposals (2 different countries): two independent legal entities from two different EU member state or (candidate) associated countries.
• For mono-beneficiary proposals: one legal entity established in an EU member state or associated country.
In addition, applicants can have Associated Partners (who are not members of the consortia but are additional partners for whom the applicant takes responsibility for implementing activities).
If it becomes clear that a proposal is no longer eligible, services must inform concerned applicants that their proposal is no longer eligible due to the new circumstances regarding the current status of the candidate Associated Countries in Horizon Europe.
Some examples with Switzerland as follows:
• Mono-beneficiary application from a Member State or Associated Country with an Associated Partner from Switzerland: is this proposal eligible? Yes, if all the other eligibility criteria of admissibility and eligibility are fulfilled.
• Two-beneficiary proposal (two independent legal entities from two different Member States or Associated Country and with an Associated Partner from Switzerland: is this proposal eligible? Yes, if all the other eligibility criteria of admissibility and eligibility are fulfilled.
• A proposal with at least three independent legal entities each established in a different MS/AC and with at least one of them established in a MS. A three-beneficiary proposal with an Associated Partner from CH is eligible. However, is eligible a proposal with the maximum number of beneficiaries (5 legal entities) and with an Associated Partner from CH (to make a total of 6)? Yes, if all the other eligibility criteria of admissibility and eligibility are fulfilled. It would make a consortium of 5 for the consideration of the eligibility of the proposal.
In case further clarifications are needed please see FAQ “In Horizon Europe, what is the status of participants from non-EU, Associated or Third Countries?”
What range of TRL should EIC Transition projects cover? What is the expected project output?
It is expected that the various activities within the EIC Transition projects should cover TRLs, typically in the range between TRL 4 and 6. Note that the starting TRL fully achieved before the start of the project must be at least TRL3. The final TRL achieved at the end of the EIC Transition project must be at least TRL 5.
As a further guidance/examples on the TRL, please check the following [external] links:
https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/career-development/researchers/manual-scientific-entrepreneurship/major-steps/trl
https://horizoneuropencpportal.eu/store/trl-assessment
Evidence of false declaration in the proposal form, in order to obtain EU funding, are ground for suspension of payments, suspension of the grant and grant termination, according to art 30, 31 and 32 of the Grant Agreement.
I would like to apply for a Transition project to further develop the results created by someone else (another project where I did not participate). What is the commitment letter from the relevant owner(s) of the result to be included in the proposal?
Proposals must build on results from an ongoing or recently finished project (linked project), funded from an eligible call as indicated in the Work Programme and the linked project needs to be clearly identified in the first page of the proposal’s part B.
Proposals must include the confirmation that the applicants are the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) owner or holder, or have the necessary rights to commercialise the results of the project, as described in the proposal.
The first page of the part B application must contain the template table to indicate the project which generated the result together with reference to where the result has been reported (in the periodic reporting, the Horizon results platform, the Innovation Radar or CORDIS). Removing the template table or failing to fill the required information may make the proposal ineligible.
Applicants that are not the owner of the result to be further developed in the proposal must provide, in addition (as annex to be uploaded as separate file) a commitment letter from the relevant owner(s) of the result(s), which confirms the commitment of the owner of the linked project research result(s) to negotiate with the applicant a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory access to such results, including IPR, for the purpose of future commercial exploitation.
An indicative template for this letter is provided in the Funding and Tenders Portal during the application process.
What is the Seal of Excellence for Transition projects? How and to whom is it given? What support is available for such Seals of Excellence?
The Seal of Excellence (only for mono-beneficiary applications from individual SMEs) is a quality label awarded to project proposals submitted to the EIC, to help these proposals find alternative funding. It certifies the value of the proposal, based on the outcome of the rigorous EIC evaluation process.
Proposals for EIC Transition (mono-beneficiary only) that were judged to deserve funding but did not get it due to budget limits (evaluation score above threshold but below budget) will receive the Seal of Excellence. EIC Transition proposals must meet the thresholds on all evaluation criteria to receive the Seal of Excellence.
The Seal of Excellence projects can participate in activities and request up to three days of business coaching paid by EIC through the EIC Business Acceleration Services.
What is the expected size and duration of an EIC Transition project?
The EIC considers proposals with a duration of up to 3 years as appropriate.
The expected size may depend on the path chosen, the sector and amount of work proposed in the application. E.g.: for mono-beneficiary proposals, the budget may be smaller than for multi-beneficiary proposals, and certain sectors may be more expensive than others.
The minimum amount envisaged for a project is EUR 500 000. Proposals requesting lower amounts will be deemed ineligible.
The maximum amount envisaged for a project is EUR 2.5 million.
Exceptional cases of higher amount or longer duration need to be explicitly and very well motivated and explained in the proposal. Failing to sufficiently justify a higher amount may be considered as a weakness and scored accordingly.
Is participation of SMEs or industrial partners to EIC Transition consortium compulsory? Can researchers participate?
The Work Programme allows for the participation of academic partners without an SME or industrial partner. However, the evaluation will assess the “necessary high-quality expertise, capabilities and motivation to move decisively towards innovation, create a unique commercial value from the emerging technology and develop an attractive business and investment proposition”.
It is therefore encouraged that companies participate, including SMEs/start-ups, which may include companies that did not take part in the previous consortia that originated the results.
Academic spin-offs may be considered as affiliated entities to academia that have originated them if they comply with art.8 of the Grant Agreement. Affiliated entities are not counted in the number of partners, therefore academia and its affiliated spin-off is a mono-beneficiary proposal.
When and how will a selected Transition project be added to a portfolio of projects? Do projects have a choice? What kind of portfolio activities are expected and how will this participation be supported?
The Work Programme allows for the participation of academic partners without an SME or industrial partner. However, the evaluation will assess the “necessary high-quality expertise, capabilities and motivation to move decisively towards innovation, create a unique commercial value from the emerging technology and develop an attractive business and investment proposition”. It is therefore encouraged that companies participate, including SMEs/start-ups, which may include companies that did not take part in the previous consortia that originated the results. Academic spin-offs may be considered as affiliated entities to academia that have originated them if they comply with art.8 of the Grant Agreement. Affiliated entities are not counted in the number of partners, therefore academia and its affiliated spin-off is a mono-beneficiary proposal.
How much should applicants invest upfront in the market aspects (competition, business case, business model) for the proposal and how much this would be developed in the project itself?
The Work Programme allows for the participation of academic partners without an SME or industrial partner. However, the evaluation will assess the “necessary high-quality expertise, capabilities and motivation to move decisively towards innovation, create a unique commercial value from the emerging technology and develop an attractive business and investment proposition”. It is therefore encouraged that companies participate, including SMEs/start-ups, which may include companies that did not take part in the previous consortia that originated the results. Academic spin-offs may be considered as affiliated entities to academia that have originated them if they comply with art.8 of the Grant Agreement. Affiliated entities are not counted in the number of partners, therefore academia and its affiliated spin-off is a mono-beneficiary proposal.
In case your Transition project is selected for funding, when is it expected to start?
Applicants that are selected for funding are expected to start their project no later than 2-3 months after grant signature. The grant signature occurs normally within 6 months from the call deadline.
Applicants are advised to start their preparation (e.g. publish vacancy notices to recruit staff or call for tender to procure equipment) from the moment they have been informed of the positive outcome of the evaluation, as the probability of not to sign the grant, while non-zero, is rather low historically. If the applicants are not able to start within maximum 3 months after the grant signature are advised to submit their proposal in the subsequent cut off.
My project result is coming from an ERAnet (including Eurostars) or a JU (joint undertaking) project. Am I eligible to apply?
No, as of Work programme 2024 only project funded directly by the EU and EU agencies will be eligible.
Project results funded through such ‘cascade funding’ will not be eligible.
Can I apply based on a result from another Horizon projects;
What are the changes in eligibility conditions compared with WP2023?
In the WP2024 new projects will be eligible to submit to EIC Transition:
Other projects directly funded under Horizon 2020 Societal challenges and Leadership in Industrial Technologies and under Europe pillar II, with an eligible TRL.
In summary:
– Projects directly funded under priority Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges (see https://cordis.europa.eu/programme/id/H2020-EU.3.
– Projects directly funded under priority Horizon 2020 Industrial Leadership (see https://cordis.europa.eu/programme/id/H2020-EU.2.)
– Project directly funded under Horizon Europe pillar II Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness (see https://cordis.europa.eu/programme/id/HORIZON.2
Grants not directly funded by EU (need to have signed a Grant Agreement with EC or its Executive agencies) are not eligible. Grants funded under cascade mechanisms (e.g. ERA NETs and financial support to third parties or by JU) are not eligible.
Projects that were funded under topic “Innovation action” type are not eligible. Project results that do not have an appropriate TRL (achieved already minimum TRL 3) are not eligible.
I have an excellent project result from pillar II Horizon Europe. Am I eligible?
In the WP2024 new projects will be eligible to submit to EIC Transition: Other projects directly funded under Horizon 2020 Societal challenges and Leadership in Industrial Technologies and under Europe pillar II, with an eligible TRL. In summary: – Projects directly funded under priority Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges (see https://cordis.europa.eu/programme/id/H2020-EU.3. – Projects directly funded under priority Horizon 2020 Industrial Leadership (see https://cordis.europa.eu/programme/id/H2020-EU.2.) – Project directly funded under Horizon Europe pillar II Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness (see https://cordis.europa.eu/programme/id/HORIZON.2 Grants not directly funded by EU (need to have signed a Grant Agreement with EC or its Executive agencies) are not eligible. Grants funded under cascade mechanisms (e.g. ERA NETs and financial support to third parties or by JU) are not eligible. Projects that were funded under topic “Innovation action” type are not eligible. Project results that do not have an appropriate TRL (achieved already minimum TRL 3) are not eligible.
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