The EIC Accelerator (formerly SME instrument in Horizon 2020) aims to help the most promising startups and SMEs to deploy innovations of a radical and disruptive nature in the market until they reach an attractive development phase for private investments. This is a single beneficiary call.

The E.I.C. makes it possible to finance, for example, activities such as testing, prototyping, validation, demonstration and testing in real conditions and replication on the market.

If the activity concerns a mainly technological innovation, the level of technological maturity (TRL) must be at least 5/6.

The winners are offered coaching and mentoring to support them. They also get additional acceleration services to connect with investors, businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Types of funding: the selected projects receive subsidy type funding (up to € 2.5M) or mixed (subsidy up to € 2.5M and capital intervention up to € 15M). The subsidy intervention is up to a maximum of TRL 8.

A specific call

This EIC Accelerator Challenges call is themed Challenges Green Deal innovations for the Economic Recovery.

It targets the implementation of the Green Deal in order to make a significant contribution to sustainability objectives and in particular with regard to MRE:

  • Provide clean, affordable and secure energy;

Within the framework of the objectives of the Green Deal, specific priority is given to projects relating to key innovations for the green economic transition as identified in the recovery plan for Europe. In this regard, at least 50% of the companies selected for the interview phase must have submitted proposals relating to specific areas and in particular:

  • Renewable energy, including renewable hydrogen and energy storage

For more information, please see the EIC 2021 work program.


A “Transition” component is also planned to help the most promising Pathfinder and ERC-winning research projects engage in the accelerator smoothly.


The first step in submitting a project is to be submitted as it goes, on a first come, first served basis!

If your project aims Marine Renewable Energy, you can sollicitate WEAMEC !

Key dates in the call for project

  • April 2021 - Opening of the call
  • 16 June 2021 - Deadline n°1
  • 6 October 2021 - Deadline n°2