The EIC Accelerator Challenges supports companies (principally start-ups and SMEs) to scale up high impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones in identified areas of strategic relevance. Like EIC Accelerator Open (Section II.3 of the EIC Work Programme 2021), the EIC Accelerator Challenges focus on innovations building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs (‘deep tech’) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (‘patient capital’).
The EIC Accelerator Challenges is open to innovations in the specific fields of technology or application described by the specific challenges in sections III.3.1 and III.3.2 of the EIC Work Programme 2021. However, innovations that harm the environment or social welfare or that are designed primarily for military applications will not be supported.
You should apply to the EIC Accelerator Challenge – Green Deal innovations for the Economic Recovery, if your project supports the Green Deal implementation by significantly contributing to at least one of the following sustainability goals:
Within the Green Deal goals, specific priority is given to projects relating to key innovations for the green economic transition as identified in the Recovery Plan for Europe.1,2 In that particular regard, at least 50% of the companies selected for the interview phase must have submitted proposals relating to one the following areas:
For further information, please see the EIC Work Programme 2021