Following the unannounced closure of the former EIC AI Platform on 2 June and the restructuring of the EIC Accelerator application process, Stage 1 applicants have had to wait to submit their short applications. In a press release issued by the European Innovation Council (EIC) at the time, it was stated that the regular Horizon Europe Funding and Tenders Portal would be made available to Stage 2 applicants (full proposal and annexes) and that the submission of new applications would have to be paused for the time being. A new portal for the submission of short proposals was promised for mid-July.


Now the time has come. This morning, the new IT platform for short applications to the EIC Accelerator went online. Applicants now have the opportunity to submit their short application - consisting of a questionnaire about their company and innovation, together with their pitch deck and introductory video - to the EIC. SMEs and start-ups that are developing their cutting-edge technology close to the market are still eligible to apply.


Short applications (stage 1) will continue to be evaluated within four weeks. Successful applicants will then have up to one year to prepare a full proposal, including a financial planning and various annexes (stage 2). The next and last deadline for project applications in 2023 is 4 October.

Are you interested in applying for the EIC Accelerator?

The EIC Accelerator is one of the most popular European funding programmes for start-ups and SMEs. With grants of up to €2.5 million and equity of up to €15 million, the EU Commission supports the further development and commercialization of market-ready, cutting-edge technologies in the deep-tech sector. The funding programme is aimed at tomorrow's market leaders whose innovations will create new markets and disrupt old ones.

Are you about to launch your innovation and have you questions about the EIC Accelerator? We will advise and guide you through the application process. Then simply get in touch with us! 


Take advantage of this unique opportunity and elevate your business to the next level with us.

Stefan Durm

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I have been successfully involved in international projects for about 10 years. I have designed and coordinated international research consortia as well as (co-)developed and successfully implemented more than 50 business plans for highly innovative deep-tech start-ups. To keep sharpening my knowledge, I am a founding member of the European Association of Innovation Consultants (EAIC) and represent EurA there.This makes me a very good first point of contact for questions about international funding projects.

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