The EIC Pathfinder programme funds research to develop the scientific basis to underpin breakthrough technologies. The EIC Pathfinder programme that supports research teams to research or develop an emerging breakthrough technology, consists of a combination of both open and challenge driven funding. Which are the differences?

Open Funding

EIC Pathfinder Open provides funding for projects in any field of science or technology, based on high-risk/high-gain science-towards-technology breakthrough interdisciplinary research. In particular, the EIC Open funidng is based bottom-up approach with no predefined topics.

Strategic EIC Pathfinder Challenges

EIC Pathfinder funding is based on top-down challenge-driven calls for tackling specific technology and breakthroughs. In 2022 these Challenges are: 

EIC Pathfinder Challenge: Carbon dioxide and nitrogen management and valorisation. The expected outcome are lab-scale validated new biological, chemical, physical routes that integrate the capture and/or recovery of CO2 and N species, storage and their conversion into value-added products, and/or net zero commodities, chemicals, fuels and energy vectors. The innovative technologies, sustained by renewable energy, avoiding the use of critical raw materials and adopting the life cycle and circular thinking driven approach, will enable CO2 and N management/valorisation and in turn reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as nitrogen and carbon losses. 

EIC Pathfinder Challenge: Mid to long term and systems integrated energy storage. 

The expected outcome are lab-scale validated technologies for mid-long term storage (from days to months) able to increase energy systems flexibility, sectors coupling, demand response and smart interoperability solutions, while avoiding the use of critical raw materials and adopting the life cycle and circular thinking driven approach. The innovative technologies will enable to host higher penetration of intermittent renewable technologies both in centralised or decentralised systems from large to mid-scale size.

EIC Pathfinder Challenge: Cardiogenomics

For projects to address existing gaps in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), which would pave the way for early and more accurate diagnosis, as well as, first in class therapies for major CVD conditions including haemorrhagic and ischemic stroke, aneurysm, cardiomyopathy and certain types of arrhythmias and other conditions, for which no effective treatments are currently available. Advanced genetic testing taking into account complex inheritance, or combining genetic testing, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics analysis with clinical phenotype can improve clinical management of the CVD and identify more accurately, who is likely to be at risk for major cardiovascular events such as heart failure or sudden death, and thus will have a substantive impact on the practice of cardiology.

EIC Pathfinder Challenge: Towards the healthcare continuum: technologies to support a radical shift from episodic to continuous healthcare

For projects to develop systems and technologies starting at very low TRL for unobtrusive monitoring of human health with new continuous and personal imaging and sensing modalities, implementing continuous assessment, processing and analysis of the data to identify early signs of disease.This call can support innovative technologies ranging from the sensor level up to the system level for effective integration of multimodal data.

EIC Pathfinder Challenge: DNA-based digital data storage

For projects to explore scalable and reliable high-throughput approaches for using DNA as a general data-storage medium. Solutions would thus need to address the read/write/edit operations of digital data in synthetic DNA, capturing the expected advantages of high density and stability and longevity of this form of data storage. Proposed techniques should deliver qualitative advances in key parameters such as throughput, DNA-length (well above a few hundred mers), reliability (coupling efficiency), speed and cost. Beyond the usual storage applications, there is also scope for radically different scenarios for such a technology, for instance for data-processing, in-vivo sensing or fingerprinting.

EIC Pathfinder Challenge: Alternative approaches to quantum Information processing, communication, and sensing

For projects to develop innovative approaches to encoding, manipulating, or storing information in quantum objects, or to exploiting quantum phenomena for information processing, communication, and sensing in a way that differs from the mainstream approaches currently being pursued in quantum research. Proposals should clearly identify the limits of the current quantum information processing paradigms they are trying to improve upon and propose relevant metrics to track progress and demonstrate success or a superior paradigm compared with conventional quantum information processing approaches.

EIC Pathfinder Open 2022

Total budgetProposals (indicative)Funding rateOpeningDeadlineLength of the proposalApplicants
€183 milionUp to €3 milion100% eligible costs1st March 20223rd May 202217 pages proposal1.Single legal entities in MS/AC (conditions apply)


- If 2 partners: from different MS/AC, otherwise

- Min. 3 partners from 3 different MS/AC (of which at least 1 partner in a MS) (unless differently stated in the Open chapter)

EIC Pathfinder Challenges 2022

Total budgetProposals (indicative)Funding rateOpeningDeadlineLength of the proposalApplicants
€167 millionUp to €4 million100% of eligible costs16 June 202219 October 202225 pages proposal1. Single legal entities in MS/AC (conditions apply)

2. Consortia:

- if 2 partners: from different MS/AC, otherwise

- Min.3 partners from 3 different MS/AC (of which at least 1 partner in a MS) (unless differently stated in the Challenges chapter)