EIC: Accelerator Open 2021

  • Opening date: Thursday, April 8th, 2021
  • Closing date: Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 17:00 (Europe/Brussels)
  • Budget per project: € 2 500 000 of total € 592 500 000
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The EIC Accelerator supports individual Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular Startups and spinout companies to develop and scale up game-changing innovations. In some cases small mid-caps (up to 500 employees) are supported.

Additional to the grant, EIC Accelerator provides investments (direct equity investments) of up to €15 million managed by the EIC Fund for scale up and other relevant costs.

The EIC Accelerator focuses in particular on innovations building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs (‘deep tech’) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (‘patient capital’).

EIC Accelerator open funding is for breakthrough innovations in any field of technology and application.

EIC selected companies receive coaching, mentoring, access to investors and corporates, and many other opportunities as part of the EIC community.

The EIC welcomes applications from innovators in all EU Member States and countries associated to the Horizon Europe programme. It particularly welcomes applications from startups and SMEs with female CEOs.


A second closing time/cut-off date is the 6th of October, 2021 (17:00 CET).

You can apply for EIC Accelerator funding at any time through the EIC platform. You will need a video pitch, a slide deck and respond to a short set of questions about your innovation and your team

For an introduction “How to prepare a successful proposal in Horizon Europe”, please see the EC’s Webinar of March, 24, 2021.