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So you’re new to…the European Innovation Council

An EIC programme manager explains how to handle the funder’s ‘challenge-driven’ calls

The European Innovation Council is the new kid on the block when it comes to EU-level research and innovation funding. After a pilot in the Horizon 2020 R&D programme, the fully fledged version launched in March 2021 as part of Horizon Europe, the EU R&D programme for 2021-27.

With a budget of over €10 billion, the EIC’s remit is to get innovations to market. It funds projects from proof of concept and technology transfer right through to scaling up start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses.

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