EIC Accelerator H2020

Up to €2.5 million as a grant
and up to 15 million as an equity for innovation

Horizon 2020´s EIC Accelerator is a European Commission programme for the most innovative SMEs.

The aim of the EIC Accelerator is to transform disruptive ideas into concrete, innovative solutions with a European and global impact.

Any SME from a European Union member state or selected associated countries may apply

Companies can receive funding of up to €2.5 million as a grant, up to 15 million as an equity and business coaching

Funding is given to the most innovative companies and the best prepared projects.

Funding options:

  • Grant only

    For companies that need financial support only to finalize innovation activities and that secured funding for the commercialization stage.

  • Grant + Equity

    For companies that need financial support for both: to finalise the innovation activities and for the commercialization stage.

  • Equity + Grant

    For already funded SMEI projects which need support for the commercialization stage.


  • Company may employ up to 250 people with a maximum annual turnover of € 50 million.
  • A company may apply alone or participate in a consortium with business partners.
  • The full definition of SME provided by the European Commission is available at:


2014-2019 SME Instrument Phase 2
2019-2020 EIC Accelerator Pilot


The European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot (SME Instrument) offers funding in the form of a grant or blended finance (a mix of grant and equity investment)


funding up to
2,5 M€ per project
  • 70% funding as a grant
  • Demonstration activities: testing, prototyping, design, scaling-up, miniaturization and pilot actions
  • Preparation for commercialization
  • Communication activities
  • TRL 6 – TRL 8 activities


funding up to
15 M€ per project
  • No specific timing
  • Equity funding
  • Preparation for market introduction
  • Commercialization
  • TRL 9 activities


No funding per project
  • Time adjusted individually
  • No direct funding
  • Support is provided through assistance in accessing to venture capital and other EU financial instruments and innovation support
  • Free business coaching
  • Participation in events

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Deadlines 2020


8th of January 2020


18th of March 2020


19th of May 2020


7th of October 2020