EIC Transition

EIC Transition supports any suitable scenario that jointly advances technological and market aspects, for instance:

  • A focused collaborative project to advance research up to TRL 5/6 while improving also the Market Readiness Level.
  • Projects led by an SME/Start-up with an interest in the results as single partner or in a small collaboration. The goal is to mature both the technology and market readiness.
  • A team of innovative researchers who want to turn selected project results into a viable product by looking for a suitable business model and/ or creating a start-up or spin-off company.
  • Any other that is fit to mature a novel technology while developing a business case to bring it to market.

EIC Transitions 2022 are restricted to applications based on results generated by the following projects:

  • EIC Pathfinder projects (including projects funded under EIC pilot Pathfinder, Horizon 2020 FET-Open, FET-Proactive, FET Flagships and FET ERAnet calls)
  • European Research Council (ERC) Horizon 2020 Proof of Concept projects

You can download here the EIC Work Programme 2023

Applicants need to demonstrate that they are the owner, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) holder, or have the necessary rights to commercialise the results from one of these eligible projects.

The EIC Transition programme consists of a combination of both open and challenge driven funding.

Which are the differences?


EIC Transition Open 2023

EIC Transition Open is an open funding scheme for projects in any field of science or technology and challenge-driven funding in specific strategic areas. 

They are steered to assist any technologies and innovations that cut across different scientific, technological, sectoral and application fields or represent novel combinations.

Most funding will be awarded through open calls with no predefined thematic priorities. 



EIC Transition Challenges 2023


·        Full scale Micro-Nano-Bio devices for medical research applications

The submitting proposals should focus their work on: 

·         To realise and validate a fully functional integrated Micro-Nano-Bio device or system hinging on Micro-Nano-Bio modules developed under previous EU-funded projects. Focus is on integration and/or refinement (e.g. further miniaturisation, production scaling etc.) of the existing modules to realise, within the limited time-span of the project, a transitionable investment-ready product.

·         The development of devices or systems under this Challenge should lead to a high-impact technological development driven by market needs. Examples of these include:

– the acceleration of the discovery of the principles underlying cell, or pathogen, biology by means of advanced milli/micro-fluidics (e.g., complex 3D flows, organ- or body-on-chip, nanopores/nanocavities), integrated bio-sensing (e.g., using MEMS/NEMS, photonics and imaging, surface functionalisation, arrays), novel biomaterials and chemistries and others.

– the automation of clinical workflows, reducing sample volumes, offering unique data sets aiding in diagnostic, therapy optimisation and follow-up, miniaturising assays and displacing execution to point-of-care settings if advantageous, etc.


– the streamlining of therapy discovery or production, while minimising animal testing. To this end proposers can rely on high-performance computing and advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML), experiment parallelisation enabled by array microarchitectures, embedded closed-loop control for autonomous process optimisation and so on.

·        Environmental Intelligence 

The proposals should focus on:

·         Materials, processes, and systems – such as chemical, biological, and physical technologies-solutions, including bio-inspired and nature-based – aimed at detecting/monitoring, preventing, reducing, or eliminating environmental recalcitrant and/or emerging contaminants present in air, soil, or hydrosphere.

·         Technologies that, without using critical raw materials52 or ensuring their full reuse and/or recycling (sorting and refining), will enable the onset of synergies between sensors and artificial intelligence, at the interface of environment/sustainability and data science, so allowing the implementation of environmental monitoring and/or remediation actions.

·         Solutions that detect, combine, analyse, and interpret data (environmental intelligence) including signals of ecosystem stress caused by a broad range of factors (i.e. water scarcity, habitat disruption, global warming, etc.), also coming from different sources – in situ (e.g., biological, chemical, or physical sensors) or remotely (e.g., satellite).


·         Technologies with minimised carbon footprint, measured through a full life-cycle analysis, in order to ultimately protect/clean the environment from contaminations and to avoid the exposure of people to contaminants as well as to mitigate or reverse the effects of climate change.

·        Chip Scale optical frequency combs

The submitting proposals should focus on one ore more of the following specific objectives: 

·         Advancing or maturing novel technologies for chip-scale frequency combs for applications that require multiple frequencies of coherent laser light, with higher than the currently mainstream conversion efficiencies and with extensions to wavelength ranges, across all spectral regions with integrated photonic technologies.

·         Mature the frequency combs technologies to include integration options for other functional elements, compatible with wafer scale manufacturing. Use of new nonlinear materials such as Gallium Phosphide, Lithium Niobate and others may be considered as well.

·         Exploit the precision of optical frequency combs by developing concepts for new industrial applications such as:

– Integrated multi-channel light sources for optical communication in datacentres,

– Highly efficient sensors that measure mid-infrared molecular spectra,

– Optical atomic clocks on a chip.









EIC Transition Open 2023

Total BudgetProposals (indicative)Funding rateOpeningDeadline12th April cut off28th September cut-offLength of the proposal
€67.8 millionUp to € 2.5 million100% eligible costs17th January 2023Multiple cut-offs:

12th April 2023

27th September 2023
• Interviews: planned for 19-23 June (+/-)

• Results: last week of July
• Interviews: planned for 11-15th December (+/-)

• Results: by the end of the year / at the beginning of 2024
maximum 20 A4 pages including cover

EIC Transition Challenges 2023

Total BudgetProposals (indicative)Funding rateOpeningDeadlines12th April cut-off27th September cut-offLength of the proposal
€60.5 millionUp to €2.5 million
100% eligible costs17th January 2023Multiple cut-offs:

• 12th April 2023

• 27th September 2023

• Interviews: planned for 19th-23rd June (+/-)

• Results: last week of July

• Interviews: planned for 11th-15th December(+/-)

• Results: by the end of the year / beginning of 2024

maximum 20 A4 pages including cover