Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot

The Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot supports researchers and innovators developing high-risk, breakthrough innovations with the potential to create new markets and boost jobs, growth and prosperity in Europe. It pilots two new schemes:

  1. the EIC Pathfinder pilot (grant only), comprising FET-Open and FET-Proactive.
  2. the EIC Accelerator pilot (grant only and blended finance), building upon the SME Instrument

The Enhanced EIC pilot also includes other calls and actions such as Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) and the Horizon Prizes

Work Programme 2018-2020


Fast Track to Innovation

The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) is a fully-bottom-up innovation support programme promoting close-to-the-market innovation activities open to industry-driven consortia that can be composed of all types of participants. It can help partners to co-create and test breakthrough products, services or business processes that have the potential to revolutionise existing or create entirely new markets, under the helm of the Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot.

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Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open

FET Open – now a part of the EIC Pathfinder Pilot - funds and supports early-stage, science and technology research by consortia exploring novel ideas for radically new future technologies that challenge current paradigms and venture into the unknown, with the aim to generate genuine societal or economic innovations.

FET Open has a total budget of around €700 million for 2018-2020.

More details can be found here.


Horizon Prizes

EIC Horizon Prizes have the ambitious goal to solve specific major challenges facing society, without detailing how this should be achieved or who should achieve it. They are open for participation to anyone willing to think outside the box across sectors and disciplines. They are awarded to whoever best meets the outlined challenge.

Individual prizes amount to 5 or 10 million euro. The total budget for Horizon Prizes until 2020 is €40 million.

The six challenges to be solved in 2018-2020 revolve around:

  1. 'Innovative Batteries for eVehicles'
  2. 'Fule from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis'
  3. 'Early Warning for Epidemics'
  4. 'Blockchain for Social Good'
  5. 'Low-Cost Space Launch'
  6. 'Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid'

More details can be found here.