Preparing a great EIC Accelerator application always includes the consideration of the EU policies and targets which are directly supported by the project but this strategy goes both ways. While the EIC Accelerator is open to innovations of all industries, any project that is directly going against EU policies will not be funded and be deemed ineligible.
Examples for this would be new AI-solutions to better identify rich oil fields or new innovations to bring cheap diesel generators to third world countries. These two innovations are directly moving against the desired fossil fuel phase-out in the EU and would likewise oppose climate targets.
The same principle can be extended to societal (i.e. relating to poverty, liberty, ethics or human rights), gender (i.e. in respect to giving more opportunities to women) or ethnic implications (i.e. immigration or discrimination issues). A new platform to help men find careers in STEM fields is less interesting than an innovation which provides an equivalent service for women due to the EU’s pronounced interest in gender issues.
Avoiding all conflicts with EU policies while highlighting its alignment and even support of the EU’s agenda is an important part of writing a successful application.
These tips are not only useful for European startups, professional writers, consultants and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) but are generally recommended when writing a business plan or investor documents.
Deadlines: Post-Horizon 2020, the EIC Accelerator accepts Step 1 submissions now while the deadlines for the full applications (Step 2) will be on March 16th 2022, June 1st 2022 and October 5th 2022 under Horizon Europe. The Step 1 applications must be submitted weeks in advance of Step 2. The next EIC Accelerator cut-off for Step 2 (full proposal) can be found here. After Brexit, UK companies can still apply to the EIC Accelerator under Horizon Europe albeit with non-dilutive grant applications only - thereby excluding equity-financing.
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EU, UK & US Startups: Alternative financing options for EU, UK and US innovation startups are the EIC Pathfinder (combining Future and Emerging Technologies - FET Open & FET Proactive) with €4M per project, Thematic Priorities, European Innovation Partnerships (EIP), Innovate UK with £3M (for UK-companies only) as well as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants with $1M (for US-companies only).
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by Stephan Segler, PhD
Professional Grant Consultant at Segler Consulting
General information on the EIC Accelerator template, professional grant writing and how to prepare a successful application can be found in the following articles:
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- EIC-Accelerator Writing: Providing the Missing Link (SME Instrument Phase 2)
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