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.


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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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