EIC Accelerator Budget Retrospectively Increased By €150m due to COVID-19

It has today been announced that the budget for the March 20th cut-off for the EIC Accelerator has been increased retrospectively. This has been decided due to the record number of applications received (almost 4,000 instead of the usual ~1,900) and the EU’s push towards applicants to present COVID-19 related innovations, following the coronavirus pandemic. (europa.eu News).

The budget has been increased by exactly €150m from the previous €819,04m for all of 2020 to the current €969,04m, out of which 32% are now dedicated to the March cut-off (€310,09m) and 31% to the Green Deal cut-off in May (€300,40m). The remaining October cut-off has remained unchanged with a budget of €164,74m.

It has likewise been confirmed that the interview will be held remotely for a total of 10 days from May 11th to May 20th. Thus far, the EIC has decided to not postpone the May deadline which renders rejected interviewees unable to re-apply for the Green Deal cut-off.


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Deadlines: Post-Horizon 2020, the EIC Accelerator accepts Step 1 submissions now while the deadlines for the full applications (Step 2) are January 11th 2023 (only EIC Accelerator Open), March 22nd 2023, June 7th 2023 and October 4th 2023 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

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