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News article | 8 June 2021

First EIC Pathfinder Open call sees record number of applications

25 May marked the first deadline of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Pathfinder Open call.

More than 900 consortia submitted applications (5341 participants in total) calling for more than €2.7 billion of grant support. This is a higher number than the Pathfinder calls under EIC pilot and preceding FET Open programme. Applicants are coming from 60 countries and are mainly from Higher Education bodies and research institutions, but with a relatively high number from the private sector (29% of participants, of which 67% are SMEs).

With €168 million budget allocated to this call, it is expected that approximately 55 applications will be funded. The evaluation process has begun and will be finalised at the end of September with the selection of interdisciplinary teams of researchers to realise their radical visions for science-towards-technology breakthroughs.

Mark your calendars: As of 15 June, interested organisations can apply for EIC Pathfinder Challenges calls, offering a budget of €132 million in 2021.

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