EIC Accelerator Interviewees from March Deadline Unable to Apply for May Cut-Off

Due to the record number of applications for the EIC Accelerator’s  March 2020 deadline (almost 3,968 applications instead of the regular ~1,900), the interview week for step 2 of the evaluation process has been postponed from the initial May 4-8th to May 11-20th.

This will lead to an overlap with the subsequent Green Deal deadline for the EIC Accelerator on May 19th since the applicants who have been invited to step 2 (the interview) will not receive their evaluation result in time to reapply for the May cut-off. This has been announced by the European Innovation Council (EIC) on twitter:

This is unfortunate and will put all the applicants who are invited to interviews at a disadvantage since the proposals who are rejected in step 1 will have enough time to reapply while step 2 rejections have to wait 5 months until October. There is still a possibility that the EU will postpone the May deadline as was done for the March call due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

It is also curious that the interview week is scheduled for 10 days instead of the regular 5 even though remote video calls (due to the COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic) should not take any more time. It is likely that there will be a significantly larger number of applicants who will be invited for the step 2 interviews and that the success rates for the recent March call will be below 1% or close to it.

This article was last modified on Oct 9, 2020 @ 12:07

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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) under Horizon Europe are:

  • Step 1 (short proposal)
    • open now
  • Step 2 (business plan)
    • 1st cut-off: -
    • 2nd cut-off: -
    • 3rd cut-off: -
    • 4th cut-off: October 19th 2023 (extended)
  • Step 3 (interview)
    • 1st cut-off: -
    • 2nd cut-off: -
    • 3rd cut-off: October 2nd to 6th (extended)
    • 4th cut-off: November 27th to December 8th

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
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