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ERC Starting Grant

The ERC Starting Grant supports research projects of early-career academic researchers (with 2 to 7 years experience after their PhD defense) in any field of research for up to 5 years.

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Av. Grant Size

< €1.5m per project (+€1m for eligible start-up costs)

Success Rate

c. 16% for 2022 ERC Starting Grants (c. 10% for 2021)

Application style
Time-limited calls
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ERC Consolidator Grant

The ERC Consolidator Grant supports research projects of researchers (with 7 to 12 years experience after their PhD defense) in any field of research for up to 5 years.

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Av. Grant Size

<€2m per project (+€1m for eligible start-up costs)

Success Rate

c. 13% before 2022 for ERC Consolidator Grants

Application style
Time-limited calls
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ERC Advanced Grant

The ERC Advanced Grant supports research projects of researchers (with a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years) in any field of research for up to 5 years.

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Av. Grant Size

<€2.5m per project (+€1m for eligible start-up costs)

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Application style
Time-limited calls
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ERC Proof of Concept Grant

The ERC Proof of Concept Grant supports researchers which are already supported by one of the other ERC grant schemes to explore the commercial and societal potential of their work for a period of 18 months.

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Av. Grant Size

€150k per project

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Time-limited calls
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ERC Synergy Grant

The ERC Synergy Grant supports research projects of a small team of researchers (with an early achievement track-record or a ten-year track-record) in any field of research for up to 6 years.

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Av. Grant Size

<€10m per project (+€4m for eligible start-up costs)

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Application style
Time-limited calls
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Intermediated loans for SMEs, mid-caps and other priorities (EIB)

The EIB makes loans to financial institutions which subsequently "on-lend" to final beneficiaries. This support improves access to finance and financing conditions for SMEs and mid-caps. The intermediated loans are to finance small investments by SMEs and mid-caps into tangible and intangible assets, including purchase or renovation of assets, long-term working capital, etc.

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Av. Grant Size

Intermediated lending partners provide funds in amounts up to €12.5 million.

Success Rate

In 2021, the EIB Group provided €45 billion for SMEs.

Application style
Depends on the financial intermediary
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Venture debt (EIB)

Long-term venture debt product to address the unique funding needs of fast growing innovative companies. The financing structure includes bullet repayment and remuneration linked to the equity risk of the investees and complements existing venture capital financing. The projects should fall under one of the innovative areas, indicatively: health, future technologies, sustainable infrastructure

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Av. Grant Size

Between €5 million and €50 million.

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Application style
Continuous calls (Highway, Boostway)
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Investments in SME and mid-cap funds (EIB)

Investments in debt and equity funds focused on private sector development and/or pursuing social impact goals mainly outside the EU. The EIB also engages in equity and hybrid debt co-investments with top ranked funds and investment partners.

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Av. Grant Size

Investment size in a fund can range from between €5 and €100 million.The EIB can also co-invest in investee companies provided that these are financed and managed by the fund the EIB has invested in.

Success Rate
Application style
Depends on the intermediary fund
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Digital, Industry and Space

Horizon Europe's Cluster 4 support research projects in the areas of industrial production, digitalisation and space. This includes fundings for projects aiming for a climate neutral and circular production as well as technologies that are fit for the green deal.

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Climate focus
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Success Rate

c. 12% for Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)

Application style
Time-limited calls
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Climate, Energy and Mobility

Horizon Europe's Cluster 5 provides funding for research projects in the fields of climate, energy and mobility. It supports cross-sectoral solutions for the transformation towards climate neutrality, sustainable energy supply and use, and climate-friendly transport solutions.

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Av. Grant Size
Success Rate

c. 12% for Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)

Application style
Time-limited calls
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Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment

Horizon Europe's Cluster 6 supports research projects in the areas of food, the bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and the environment. It focuses on issues such as biodiversity, environmentally-friendly food systems, the circular economy, green communities and innovative governance.

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Av. Grant Size
Success Rate

c. 12% for Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)

Application style
Time-limited calls
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EIC Pathfinder

The EIC Pathfinder programme supports the early stage development of future technologies up to proof of concept, focusing on high-risk/high-gain science-towards-technology breakthrough research. This includes funding for green innovation projects.

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Av. Grant Size

€3M per project
(EIC Pathfinder Open)

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Application style
Time-limited calls
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EIC Transition

The EIC Transition programme funds innovation activities towards the maturation and validation of novel technology and the development of a business case and model. Covering a broad spectrum of areas, EIC Transition also supports green innovation projects.

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Success Rate

c. 14.4% for the first
EIC Transition Call for Proposals

Application style
Time-limited calls
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EIC Accelerator

The EIC Accelerator programme goes a step beyond the EIC Transition programme and supports SMEs to develop and scaleup innovations. It funds innovations across a variety of areas, including green innovation.

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Av. Grant Size

<€2.5M per project (Grant funding)

<€15M per project (Equity finance)

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Application style
Time-limited calls
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EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) supports green innovation by convening networks of expertise, leveraging grants, providing educational opportunitites and catalysing innovation, e.g. through its Accelerator incubator programme.

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Av. Grant Size

<€100K per project

(EIT Climate-KIC Pathfinder)

Success Rate
Application style
Continuous calls (EIT Climate-KIC Pathfinder)
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EIT Food

EIT Food is a European initiative, aiming to accelerate innovation to build a sustainable food system. It focuses on building connections within the sector, funding projects, and education.

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Av. Grant Size

<€300K per project (EIT Food Impact Fund)

<€10K per project (EIT FAN)

<€6K per project (EIT Food Seedbed Incubator)

Success Rate
Application style
Time-limited calls (EIT FAN, Seedbed Incubator)
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EIT InnoEnergy

EIT InnoEnergy is a European initiative supporting sustainable energy innovation. It links people and resources, catalysing and accelerating the energy transition with investment and support to start-ups, scale-ups and innovators, and providing educational opportunities

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Success Rate
Application style
Continuous calls (Highway, Boostway)
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EIT Urban Mobility

EIT Urban Mobility is a European initiative which aims at transforming urban mobility by bringing together key players, engaging with cities and citizens and creating systemic solutions for green and sustainable urban transport.

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Success Rate
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Time-limited calls (Acceleratore Programmes, etc.)
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EIT Manufacturing

EIT Manufacturing is a European initiative for innovation in manufacturing. It brings together different stakeholders in the areas of education, innovation and business creation.

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Success Rate
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Time-limited calls
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EIT Raw Materials

EIT Raw Materials is a European initiative that aims at securing a sustainable raw materials supply by driving innovation, education, and entrepreneurship across European industrial ecosystems.

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Av. Grant Size

<€200K (EIT Raw Materials Booster Call)

<€90K (EIT Raw Materials Accelerator)

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Application style
Time-limited calls
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Innovation Fund (ETS1)

The Innovation Fund is a large funding programmes for the commercial demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, focusing on energy-intensive industries, CCU, CCS, innovative renewable energy generation and energy storage.

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Av. Grant Size
Success Rate

c. 13% for First Call for Small-Scale Projects

c. 2% for First Call for Large-Scale Projects

Application style
Time-limited calls
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InvestEU Fund

The InvestEU Fund is a market-based and demand-driven instrument, focusing investments on sustainable infrastructure, research, innovation and digitalisation, SMEs, and social investment and skills.

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Av. Grant Size

>€25M per project

Success Rate
Application style
Depends on the implementing partner
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InnovFIN Energy Demonstration Projects (EIB)

InnovFin Energy Demonstration Projects finance innovative demonstration projects at the pre-commercial stage that contribute to the energy transition, particularly in the fields of renewable energy technologies, smart energy systems, energy storage, and carbon capture utilisation and storage.

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Av. Grant Size

Loans, loan guarantees or equity-type financing typically between €7.5M and €75M

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Application style
Continuous calls
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Blue Invest (EMFF) (DG MARI)

The Blue Invest Programme aims to boost innovation and investment in sustainable technologies for the blue economy, by supporting readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups.

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Success Rate
Application style
For grants: Time-limited Calls
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LIFE Programme

The LIFE Programme supports environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects. It focuses on the circular economy, biodiversity, clean energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Av. Grant Size

Projects with total costs >€500k

Success Rate

c. 30%

Application style
Time-limited calls
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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. This includes funding for the transition towards a net zero carbon economy and a resilient Europe.

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Less-developed regions will benefit from co-financing rates of up to 85% of the cost of the projects. Co-financing rates for transition regions and for more-developed regions will be up to 60% and 40% respectively.

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Application style
N/A
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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) supports rural development strategies and projects. Its priorities include fostering knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas, and promoting innovative farm technologies and sustainable forest management.

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N/A
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European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF)

The European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) helps EU farmers to provide a secure supply of safe, healthy, and affordable food. This includes, amongst other schemes, support for sustainable farming methods and farmers who operate in areas of natural constraint.

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Time-limited calls
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Digital Europe Programme

The Digital Europe Programme is focused on building the strategic digital capacities of the EU. It funds investment in technologies but also in their deployment among citizens, businesses and public administration including through developing digital skills.

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Av. Grant Size

Simple Grants and SME support actions:
50% of total eligible costs for all beneficiaries.

Grants for procurement:
50% of total eligible costs for all beneficiaries.

Grants for procurement of advanced capacities (PAC):
50% of total eligible costs.

Grant for financial support:
100% of eligible costs for the consortium, co-financing of 50% of total eligible costs by the supported third party

Lump sum grant:
50% of total eligible costs

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Application style
Time-limited calls
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Projects of Common Interest (TEN-E)

Projects of Common Interest link the energy systems of EU countries and can benefit from accelerated permitting procedures and funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the EU fund for boosting energy, transport, and digital infrastructure.

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Time-limited calls
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Research Fund on Coal and Steel (RFCS)

The Research Fund on Coal and Steel (RFCS) co-finances through grants research and innovation projects in the areas of coal and steel and funds projects at universities, research centers and private companies.

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Av. Grant Size

Financial contributions:

for research projects up to 60%; for pilot and demonstration projects up to 50 %; for accompanying measures, support and preparatory actions up to 100 %.

Range between EUR 5 and EUR 9 million per project (and exceptionally up to EUR 18 million for large
demonstrators)

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Application style
Time-limited calls
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EU-Catalyst Partnership

The EU-Catalyst Partnership brings together the Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, the EU and the EIB to boost investments in critical clean technologies and targeted toward the European Green Deal and the EU’s 2030 climate target.

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The EU-Catalyst partnership will provide up to 50% of the required financing.
The projects need to raise at least 50% themselves.
BEC expects a typical financial package to be no less than approximately €10 million (does not include financing from EIB/EC)

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Application style
Time-limited calls
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Circular Bio-based Europe (CBE-JU)

The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE-JU) is a partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) that funds projects advancing competitive circular bio-based industries in Europe. CBE-JU is operating under the rules of Horizon Europe.

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Av. Grant Size

Between €2M and €20M

Success Rate
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N/A
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