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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  • 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 30 pages)

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 projects (including projects funded under the Horizon 2020 EIC pilot Pathfinder, FET Open, FET Proactive, CSA and CSA Lump sum FET Innovation Launchpad, and FET Flagships calls)
  • European Research Council Proof of Concept projects funded under Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe.
  • Research and Innovation Actions directly funded under Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges and Leadership in Industrial Technologies, and under Horizon Europe pillar II, with an eligible TRL
  • European Defence Fund (EDF), including the Preparatory Action on Defence Research, research projects, but only for proposals which are focused on civil applications (including dual use)

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 30 months ago at the application submission deadline.

Deadlines 2024 18 September 2024
Budget 94 million euros
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.