European Innovation Council

Main principles

The EIC pilot aims to support top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and researchers with bright ideas and the ambition to scale-up internationally. The "Enhanced EIC Pilot" Work Programme 2018-2020 under Horizon 2020 aims at facilitating a transition towards a fully-fledged EIC.

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The EIC Pathfinder Pilot comprises the FET-Open and FET-Proactive schemes. FET-Open supports the early-stages of the science and technology research and innovation around new ideas towards radically new future technologies. FET-Proactive supports cutting edge-high-risk/ high reward research and innovation projects that aim to firmly establish the future potential of a new and promising demonstrate a new technological paradigm within a predefined scope.

EIC Accelerator Pilot builds on the SME Instrument Phase II and provides grant-only support as well as support in the form of blended finance (combining grant and equity).

Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) is for relatively mature ground-breaking technologies, concepts and business models which are close to market.

EIC Horizon Prizes boost breakthrough innovation by fostering solutions to challenges which bring major benefits to society.

Support Actions help to optimise the impact of EU investment in EIC innovators and innovations; they contribute to building an EIC community and a vision underpinning a possible future EIC.

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