EIC: Strategic Digital and Health Technologies – HORIZON-EIC-2021-ACCELERATORCHALLENGES-01


€ 496.760.000

European Commission



EIC Accelerator Challenge – Strategic Digital and Health Technologies.

On May 26th 2021, a new version of the Guide for Applicants was released.

The EIC Accelerator Challenges supports companies (principally start-ups and SMEs) to scale up high impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones in one of the following areas:

  • Digital technologies: devices, methods, systems as well as working principles, processes and standards which apply to the ICT technology industry such as advanced high performance computing, edge computing, quantum technologies, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, block-chain, cloud infrastructure technologies and technologies for the Internet of Things
  • Healthcare technologies: AI-driven tools for early diagnosis; point-of-care diagnostics; novel approaches in cell and gene therapy, in particular for cancer; development of novel biomarkers for clinical prognosis, patient stratification or monitoring purposes across a wide spectrum of disorders; bioprocessing 4.0 (digitalisation across stages of biodevelopment in biotech/biopharma industry); healthcare intelligence services; and e-health (including mobile health) solutions for healthcare systems, medical practice and Intensive Care Units.

In order to apply you must meet one of the following eligibility conditions:

  • A single company classified as a SME and established within a Member State or an Associated Country;
  • A single company classified as a ‘Small mid-cap‘ (up to 500 employees) established in a Member State or an Associated Country, but your application can only be for rapid scale up purposes (e.g. Technology Readiness Level 9) and only for the investment component;
  • One or more natural persons (including individual entrepreneurs) or legal entities, which are either:
    • from a Member State or an Associated Country (for Associated Countries other than EEA, this possibility will be subject to the related association agreements) intending to establish an SME or small mid-cap (as defined above) in a Member State or Associated Country by the time of signing the Accelerator contract or, in the case blended finance is awarded, at the latest when agreeing on its investment component;

    • intending to invest in an SME or small mid-cap in a Member State or an Associated Country and who may submit a proposal on behalf of that SME or small mid-cap, provided that a prior agreement exist with the company. The contract will be signed with the beneficiary company only;

    • from a non-associated third country intending to establish an SME (including start-ups) or to relocate an existing SME to a Member State or an Associated Country, by the time of submitting a full application. Your company must prove its effective establishment in a Member State or an Associated Country. The Commission may set specific conditions and milestones in the contract to ensure that the interest of the Union is met.

Budget: 496 760 000 EUR



Consorzio; Impresa o Professionista; Fondazione; Privato; Cooperativa

micro impresa; piccola impresa; media impresa; grande impresa;

Servizi; ICT; Sanità; Farmaceutico



Contributo; Venture Capital

The EIC Accelerator provides blended finance (Innovation and Market Deployment Action) which is composed of:

  • An investment component usually in the form of direct equity or quasi-equity such as convertible loans. The minimum investment component is EUR 0.5 million and the maximum is EUR 15 million
  • grant component to reimburse eligible costs incurred for innovation activities, including demonstration of the technology in the relevant environment, prototyping and system level demonstration, R&D and testing required to meet regulatory and standardisation requirements, intellectual property management, and marketing approval (e.g. at least Technology Readiness Levels 5/6 to 8). Eligible costs are reimbursed up to a maximum of 70%. 

Applicants can choose to request the investment component only and are not required to request a grant component.

You may request a grant component only or grant first:

  • Grant only: You can provide evidence that you have sufficient financial means (e.g. revenue flow, existing investors or shareholders) to finance the deployment and scaling up of your innovation. In such a case, you will have to detail in your proposal all elements demonstrating that you possess or are in the process to obtain those necessary resources and financial means to provide for necessary TRL 9 expenditures normally covered by the investment component. Should the above-mentioned milestone assessment show that you do not have the abovementioned deployment capacities, the grant may be terminated
  • Grant first: Your innovation is based on a scientific discovery or novel technology and still requires significant work to validate and demonstrate in relevant environments in order to properly assess its commercial potential. Such innovations may include, but are not limited to, those based on research results from the EIC Pathfinder and Transition, as well as European Research Council.

Investimento minimo

€ 0

Investimento massimo

€ 0



Planned opening date: 08 April 2021.

Deadline dates: 

  • 09 June 2021 17:00:00 Brussels time
  • 06 October 2021 17:00:00 Brussels time


Update: The first deadline (cut-off) date for the EIC Accelerator Challenges 2021 (09 June) has been postponed by a week. The new deadline (cut-off) date is 16 June 2021 17:00:00 Brussels time.




Clausola di esclusione di responsabilità
Warrant Hub S.p.A. non assume alcuna responsabilità per quanto riguarda il contenuto della scheda e ricorda che fanno fede unicamente i testi della legislazione pubblicati nelle edizioni cartacee della Gazzetta Ufficiale e/o Bollettini Ufficiali Regionali e/o qualsiasi altra pubblicazione ufficiale. Warrant Hub S.p.A — Corso Mazzini,11 – 42015 Correggio (RE) Italia – Tel. 0522 7337 – Fax. 0522 692586


Questo sito utilizza cookie tecnici e di terze parti per migliorare la vostra esperienza di navigazione. Navigando il sito, acconsenti all'uso dei cookie e alla conservazione sul tuo dispositivo. Leggi l'Informativa sulla privacy

Questo sito utilizza i cookie per fornire la migliore esperienza di navigazione possibile. Continuando a utilizzare questo sito senza modificare le impostazioni dei cookie o cliccando su "Accetta" permetti il loro utilizzo.