European Innovation Council (EIC) opportunities for space SMEs – mark your calendar!

14 June 2021
The first cut-off for the EIC Accelerator is 16 June.
The first cut-off for the EIC Accelerator is 16 June.

On 30 June from 15:00 to 17:00 CEST, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) together with the European Commission Directorate-General for the Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) and the European Innovation Council (EIC) are organising an informative online workshop on EIC opportunities for space SMEs. To register to attend click here.

The European Commission launched the EIC to support the commercialisation of high-impact technologies in the European Union. Its goal is to aid researchers, start-ups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in bringing their innovations to market by providing funding, networking and partnership opportunities, and business acceleration services. 

Read this: Galileo Masters – the EUSPA SatCom Challenge

With a budget of EUR 10.1 billion, the EIC will support game changing innovations throughout the lifecycle from early stage research, to proof of concept, technology transfer, and the financing and scale up of start-ups and SMEs. The EIC provides considerable funding opportunities through various programmes, such as the EIC Pathfinder, the EIC Transition, the EIC Accelerator and the EIC Fund. 

The upcoming workshop held on 30 June from 15:00 to 17:00 CEST is open to all SMEs interested in EIC funding opportunities and will focus on the added value of the EIC instrument and the benefits, challenges and lessons learned by previous EIC winners. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss administrative details, participation rules and other issues. To register to the workshop click here.

EIC Accelerator cut-off  

Are you a start-up or SME developing a disruptive product, service or idea? Do you have a video pitch, a slide deck, and are you ready to respond to a short set of questions about your innovation and your team? If this is you, then you can now apply for EIC Accelerator funding!

The EIC Accelerator supports individual SMEs, in particular start-ups and spinout companies, to develop and scale-up game-changing innovations in any field of technology or application. The EIC Accelerator provides substantial financial support with grant funding of up to EUR 2.5 million for innovation development costs, and investments of up to EUR 15 million, managed by the EIC Fund, for scale up and other relevant costs.

And this: Welcome to the Space Crossroads, where space and great ideas meet

In addition, EIC selected companies receive coaching, mentoring, access to investors and corporates, and many other opportunities as part of the EIC community. The EIC welcomes applications from innovators in all EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon Europe. The cut-off dates for 2021 are 16 June and 6 October.

There is still some time left before the June 16 cut-off date, so don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to access funding and support! Follow the links for more information on the EIC Accelerator and on other EIC funding opportunities.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (

Updated: Jun 14, 2021