EIC Transition

EIC Transition supports the late development stages and validation of novel technologies and the simultaneous development of a business model for future commercialisation.

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  • Can you build upon the results from a Pathfinder, FET or ERC Proof of Concept project that might be the basis for ground-breaking innovations or start-ups?
  • Is the novel technology ready for the next steps towards its final development and validation for specific applications?
  • Have you at an earlier stage already explored potential markets for your innovation as well as potential competitors?
  • Can you picture yourself building a motivated and diverse team to further develop your idea and its readiness to be marketed?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to all of these questions, then EIC Transition might be the right programme for you.

EIC Transition Open is based on open-topic participation. In the EIC Transition Challenges, key topics are defined annually.


EIC Transition funds innovation activities that go beyond the experimental proof of principle in the laboratory. It supports both the final stages and validation of novel technologies from the lab to relevant application environments.

At the end of your EIC Transition project, you should be ready for the next stage, which can be to apply for EIC Accelerator (and if you are a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) include start-ups or spin-offs), to seek other investors or further sources of funding, to enter licensing or collaboration agreements with third parties or follow other routes to market deployment.

Application and Selection Process

The application process contains two steps.
1.     Written proposal

  • Part A (details regarding content, budget, consortium, no page limitations)
  • Part B (Technical description, maximum of 20 Seiten)

2.    Pitch and Interview in front of an EIC jury

Brief Overview
Details Conditions

Your proposal must build on results (demonstrated proof of principle) achieved within an eligible project in the following programmes:

EIC Pathfinder (including projects funded under EIC pilot Pathfinder, Horizon 2020, FET-Open, FET-Proactive) and FET Flagships calls (including ERANET calls under the FET Work Programme)
European Research Council Proof of Concept projects

Your project has been active for at least 12 months (in other words the grant’s start date is more than 12 months before the date of the selected EIC Transition call cut-off) and the project end date is less than 24 months ago at the application submission deadline.

Call opening scheduled for February 2023
Deadlines 2023

12 April 2023
27 September 2023


EIC Transition Open: 67.86 million euros
EIC Transition Challenges: 60.5 million euros


EIC Transition Open: none

EIC Transition Challenges:

  1. Micro-Nano-Bio devices
  2. Environmental intelligence
  3. Chip-scale optical frequency combs
Project size Approx. 2.5 million euros
Eligible consortia

You can apply for EIC Transition either as:

  • A single legal entity established in a Member State or an Associated State (‘mono-beneficiary’) if you are an SME or an organisation performing research (a university, research or technology organisation). Larger companies (such as those that do not qualify as SMEs) are ineligible to apply as a single legal entity; or
  • A small consortium of two independent legal entities from two different Member States or Associated States, or
  • A consortium of a minimum of three and a maximum of five independent legal entities (‘multi-beneficiary’) that must include at least one legal entity established in a Member State and at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated States.