EIC Pathfinder Pilot

The EIC Pathfinder pilot aims to realise radically new technology concepts in the long term. This instrument is part of the EIC pilot and combines the two Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) funding programmes, the FET Open (development of new ideas) and the FET Proactive (development of emerging topics and research landscapes). A budget of around 660 million euros is planned for the 2019-2020 work period.

The EIC Pathfinder pilot

SMEs in particular are encouraged to participate. In this programme, you can cooperate with research institutions or universities, for example. These joint projects can receive up to 4 million euros. Individual funding is not possible. Interdisciplinary collaboration for the further development of innovative, knowledge-based and radically new technologies is promoted. The FET Open and FET Proactive are separate instruments in the EIC Pathfinder Pilot and stem from the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme from the first pillar of Horizon 2020 where the fundamental research is located.

FET Open - development of new ideas

The FET Open promotes unconventional ideas in science and early-stage technology aimed at fundamental breakthroughs. This programme is characterised by its research at the frontiers of knowledge.

Conditions of participation:

  • No topical requirements.
  • Individual funding is not possible. In FET Open projects, a consortium comprises at least three independent institutions from three different EU member states or associated countries.

Funding in the FET Open:

  • Eligible activities:
    • foundations for radically new future technologies
    • radically new approaches that question previous approaches
    • proof of concept
    • interdisciplinary research that opens new avenues
  • Objective: long-term implementation of radically new technology concepts.
  • Funding rate: 100% of the eligible costs (an additional 25% of the indirect costs).
  • Business Acceleration Services (BAS): free support measures such as coaching, mentoring or matchmaking activities etc. Only for companies in the consortium.

Budget

196 million euros are made available for the 2020 cut-off date.

Application procedure for the FET Open

  • Applications in English, with a maximum of 15 pages
  • The evaluation focuses on excellence (60%)
  • In addition, the evaluation takes into account: implementation and impact, with 20% for each
  • Single-stage application

Schedule

The schedule is designed so that the project can start about 8 months after the deadline:

Zeitplan für die Programme FET Open und FET Proactive

Cut-off dates/deadlines:

Applications can be submitted to the FET Open on an ongoing basis. In 2020, there was a cut-off date when the applications received to date were evaluated: 13 May 2020.

FET Proactive - development of new emerging topics and research landscapes

FET Proactive promotes multidisciplinary, revolutionary and technological research to address social and industrial challenges. The goal of FET Proactive is the development of new technological topics as well as the initiation and development of the necessary research landscapes. In this way, these new technical topics should contribute to the development of relevant research communities as well as the development of industrial research agendas.

Conditions of participation:

  • Topics are predefined and include human-centric artificial intelligence, implantable autonomous devices and breakthrough zero-emissions energy generation.
  • Collaborative projects: in FET Proactive projects, a consortium comprises at least three independent institutions from three different EU member states or associated countries.

Funding in FET Proactive

  • Eligible activities:
    • new research ideas
    • establishment of relevant research communities
    • development of industrial research agendas
  • Objective: development of emerging topics and research landscapes.
  • Funding rate: 100% of the eligible costs (plus 25% of the indirect costs).
  • Business Acceleration Services (BAS): free support measures such as coaching, mentoring or matchmaking activities etc. Only for companies in the consortium.

Budget

83 million euros are made available for the 2020 cut-off date.

Application procedure for FET Proactive

  • Applications in English, with a maximum of 30 pages.
  • Evaluation: the focus is on excellence (60%); plus implementation and impact, with 20% for each.
  • Single-stage application

Schedule

The schedule is designed so that the project can start about 8 months after the deadline:

Zeitplan für die Programme FET Open und FET Proactive

Cut-off dates/deadlines:

Applications can be submitted to FET Proactive on an ongoing basis. In 2020, the a cut-off date was 22 April 2020.

Do you have an idea for an EIC Pathfinder pilot project? Contact BayFOR's Unit for SME advisory services:

Dipl.-Jur. Natalia García Mozo

Natalia García Mozo
Head of Unit SME Advisory Services
Phone: +49 (0)89 9901888-171
E-mail: mozo@no-spam-pleasebayfor.org

Kevin Wilke

M.Sc. Kevin Wilke
Scientific Officer
SME Advisory Services
Phone: +49 89 9901888-173
E-Mail: wilke@no-spam-pleasebayfor.org

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