EIC Transition

The EIC Transition aims to further develop promising results from EIC Pathfinder projects and the European Research Council (ERC) “Proof of Concept” (PoC) funding line. The instrument thus supports both research activities for the validation and demonstration of advanced technologies within applications at Technology Readiness Level 4 to 6 (TRL 4-6) and the advancement of these technologies to market maturity and the necessary development of business plans for these applications.

Applicants have two options to receive funding through the EIC Transition: through the EIC Transition Open (bottom-up, i.e. via topic-free calls) or through the EIC Transition Challenges (bottom-down, i.e. via topic-specific calls).

EIC Transition Open

The EIC Transition Open funding instrument is aimed at successful EIC Pathfinder and ERC Proof of Concept projects that want to further mature both their technology and their business idea.

Either individually or in small consortia of up to five partners, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutions are invited to achieve Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5 or 6 with their results through EIC Transition Open funding, so that they can then be brought to market in the EIC Accelerator. In addition to validating and demonstrating the technology under operational conditions, the EIC Transition Open can also be used to promote cooperation between SMEs, research actors, potential users and customers, for example.

Conditions of participation

  • No thematic requirements (bottom-up)
  • Funding for individual applicants (start-ups, SMEs, spin-offs or teams from universities and research institutions) with an (almost) completed "EIC Pathfinder" or ERC "Proof of Concept" project.
  • Applications from consortia with two to five members are also possible

Funding in the EIC Transition Open

  • Eligible activities
    • Further development of results / technologies from previous projects
    • Validation of the technology in the laboratory & application area
    • Business modelling & commercialisation planning
  • Objectives: Further development of technologies from "EIC Pathfinder" and ERC "Proof of Concept" projects into business ideas; starting point for application to the EIC Accelerator or for attracting other funding sources; creation of a new company.
  • Funding rate: 100% of eligible costs
  • Budget: max. 2.5 million euros per project
  • "Ad hoc grants": Additional up to 50 000 euros for the implementation of complementary activities ("portfolio activities") to be used for the commercialisation of the innovation.
  • Project duration: 2-4 years

Budget

A budget of 59.6 million euros is available for 2021

Application procedure in the EIC Transition Open

  • Application with max. 25 pages.
  • Two-stage application procedure via the European Funding & Tenders Opportunities Portal.
  • Stage 1: Evaluation of the application by three reviewers. The evaluation is based on the sum of the average scores of the 3 application parts.
  • Stage 2: The applicants of the best applications will be invited to an interview with experts in Brussels.

Timetable

The timetable foresees approximately 17 weeks from the deadline to the grant agreement:

Deadline

The deadline in 2021 is 22 September.

EIC Transition Challenges

The EIC Transition Challenges aim to provide financial support for the further development of a technology and the development of a business strategy. Applications are open for technologies that contribute to the goal of the specific challenge. Two topics are planned for 2021:

  • "Medical Technology and Devices: from Lab to Patient": development of innovative medical devices that help treat any disease and care for patients.
  • “Energy harvesting and storage technologies": Proposals aim to develop energy storage technologies or combined energy harvesting and storage technologies that require investment or are at the business development stage.

Conditions of participation

  • The same conditions of participation apply as in the EIC Transition Open, but with prescribed topics (bottom-down).

Funding in the EIC Transition Challenges

  • Funding rate: 100% of eligible costs
  • Budget: max. 2.5 million euros per project
  • "Ad hoc grants": Additionally up to 50 000 euros for the implementation of complementary activities ("portfolio activities") that will serve to commercialise the innovation.

Budget

A budget of 40.5 million euros is available for 2021.

Application procedure and timetable in the EIC Transition Challenges

The application process is the same as for the EIC Transition Open and is done via the European Funding & Tenders Opportunities Portal.

The timetable is analogous to the timetable of the EIC Transition Open.

Deadline

The application deadline for the EIC Transition Challenges is also 22 September 2021.

Do you have an idea for an EIC Transition project? Contact the SME advisory services of BayFOR now:

Dipl.-Jur. Natalia García Mozo

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

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