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EIC Pathfinder Challenges aim to build on new, cutting-edge directions in science and technology to disrupt a field and a market or create new opportunities by realising innovative technological solutions grounded in high-risk/high-gain research and development.
With each specific Challenge, the EIC will establish a portfolio of projects that explore different perspectives, competing approaches or complementary aspects of the Challenge. The complexity and high-risk nature of this research will require multi- disciplinary collaborations.
You should apply if you have a potential project that would contribute to the specific objectives of the respective Challenge. Specifically, your project must aim to deliver by its end the expected outcomes defined in the respective challenge. Project results should also include top-level scientific publications as well as an adequate formal protection of the generated intellectual property (IP).
In addition, you are encouraged to involve and empower in your team key actors that have the potential to become future leaders in their field such as excellent early-career researchers or promising high-tech SMEs, including start-ups. Your project should reinforce their mind-set for targeted research and development aimed at high-impact applied results. This will strengthen Europe’s capacity for exploiting the scientific discoveries made in Europe throughout the steps to market success or for solving global challenges. You are particularly encouraged to empower female researchers in your project and to achieve gender balance among your work package leaders.
In order to apply, your proposal must meet the general eligibility requirements (see Annex 2) as well as possible specific eligibility requirements for a specific Challenge. Please check for particular elements (e.g. specific application focus or technology) in the respective Challenge chapter below.
The EIC Pathfinder Challenges support collaborative research and innovation from consortia or proposals from single legal entities established in a Member State or an Associated Country (unless stated otherwise in the specific challenge chapter). In case of a consortium your proposal must be submitte by the coordinator on behalf of the consortium that includes at least two independent legal entities.1) The legal entities may for example be universities, research organisations, SMEs, start-ups, natual persons. In the case of single beneficiary projects, mid-caps and larger companies will not be permitted.
The total indicative budget for this call is EUR 167 million which is expected to be allocated in approximately equal shares across the challenges.
You will receive a grant for a Research and Innovation Action to cover the eligible costs, necessaryfortheimplementationofyourproject,includingtheportfolioactivities. For this call, the EIC considers proposals with an EU contribution of up to EUR 4 million as appropriate. Nonetheless, this does not preclude you to request larger amounts, if properly justified or stated otherwise in the specific Challenge. The funding rate of this grant will be 100% of the eligible costs.
The call deadline for submitting your proposal is 19 October 2022 at 17h 00 Brussels local time.
You must submit your proposal via the European Funder & Tender Opportunities Portal.
1) Consortia of two entities must be comprised of independent legal entities from two different Member States or Associated Countries. Consortia of three or above entities follow standard rules i.e. they must include at least one legal entity established in a Member State and at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.