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Who will win EIC Transition and EIC Pathfinder grants in 2024? Statistics and winners from previous calls

The European Innovation Council (EIC) is the main European initiative for funding, creating, and implementing ground-breaking technology and revolutionary ideas. It is divided into three schemes: the EIC Accelerator, the EIC Transition and the EIC Pathfinder. 

The EIC Transition funds innovation projects that surpass laboratory-based experimental proof of principle. In addition to exploring and developing a sustainable business case and business model towards commercialization into high potential markets, it supports the maturation and validation of novel technology from the lab to the pertinent application environments (by using prototyping, formulation, models, user testing, or other validation tests).

The EIC Pathfinder offers assistance for research and development in the early phases of deep technology, science, and technology. By implementing creative technical solutions, the Pathfinder projects seek to advance novel, cutting-edge scientific and technological approaches that have the potential to upend industries, disrupt markets, or open up new business possibilities.

Number of applications and success rates

The following section provides a summary and some statistics about the latest published calls of both the EIC Transition and Pathfinder. 

Regarding the EIC Transition, a total of 287 applications were received in the September 2022 call, which shows an increase by 74% compared to the May 2022 call where only 165 were received. However, there has been a sharp decrease of 45.6%, from 287 applications to 131, in the April 2023 call. The May 2022 call showed a success rate of 12%, however, there was a slight decrease in the September 2022 call, as its success rate amounted to 11.49%. In the April 2023 call, the success rate was 14.5%, which meant an increase by 3.01%.

In the case of the EIC Pathfinder, in the May 2022 call a total of 858 proposals were received, however, in the October 2022 call, the number of proposals amounted to 436 (a decrease by 50.8%). In the March 2023 call, 783 proposals were evaluated, which showed an increase by 79%). The success rate from the May 2022 call amounted to 6.64%. It then increased in the October 2022 call, with 10% success rate (an increase by 3.36%). In March 2023, 53 projects were funded, which meant a success rate of 6.76% showing a decrease by 3.23% compared to the previous call.

The following table summarizes the main indicators:

Programme CallNumber of applicationsSuccess rateHealth projects shareTop countries
EIC TransitionMay 202216510%45%Spain, Italy and France
September 20222879.4%75%Spain, Italy, Germany and France
April 202313110.68%27%Spain, France, the Netherlands
EIC PathfinderMay 20228586.64%54%Spain, Italy and the Netherlands
October 202243610%43%Spain, Italy, Germany
March 20237886.72%47%France, Spain and Italy

EIC continues to prioritize health projects

Health projects continue to represent the lion’s share for Pathfinder. In the May 2022 call, 54.38% of the awarded projects belonged to this vertical, and in the October 2022 call it amounted to 43% (which meant a decrease by 11.38%). In the March 2023 call, 25 out of the 53 funded projects belonged to the health field (47%).

In the case of the EIC Transition calls, in the May 2022 call 45% of the awarded projects belonged to the healthcare vertical. However, in the September 2022 call this rate was raised to 75%, while it drastically decreased in April 2023 (27%).

Top main countries

Regarding the EIC Transition, the most awarded countries in both the September 2022 and the April 2023 calls have been Spain (11 projects in total), France (8 projects), and Italy and Germany (7 awarded projects each).

In the case of the EIC Pathfinder, the most awarded countries in the May 2022, the October 2022 and the March 2023 calls have been Spain (25 projects in total), Italy (22 projects), and the Netherlands (15 projects).

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