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EIC Pathfinder – Challenges

What is the EIC Pathfinder ?

(€256 million) for multi-disciplinary research teams to undertake visionary research with the potential to lead to technology breakthroughs (grants up to €4 million).

The EIC Pathfinder is a funding programme under Horizon Europe that offers support to research teams by:

  • funding research to develop the scientific basis to underpin breakthrough technologies
  • supporting the earliest stages of scientific, technological or deep-tech R&D
  • aiming to build on new, cutting-edge directions in science and technology to disrupt a field and a market or create new opportunities
  • realising innovative technological solutions to identify, develop and scale up breakthrough technologies and disruptive innovations in Europe

Grant funding

Grants of up to 3 to 4 million euro to support early stage development of future technologies (e.g. various activities at low TRL 1-3), up to proof of concept.

  • Pathfinder Challenges - grants of up to EUR 4 million or more if duly justified
  • Pathfinder Open - grants of up to EUR 3 million or more if duly justified

Pathfinder projects can also receive additional funding for testing the innovation potential of their research outputs.

Extensive support

Access to a range of tailor-made Business Acceleration Services (BAS) for beneficiaries:

  • Access to global partners
  • Access to coaches, mentors, expertise and training
  • Access to innovation ecosystem and peers

EIC Pathfinder Challenges

For projects that match any of the predefined thematic areas of the Pathfinder Challenges. The overall budget for the EIC Pathfinder Challenges in 2024 is €120 millions.

Who can apply?

Consortia from EU Member States and countries associated to the Horizon Europe programme

  • Consortia of at least three different independent legal entities
  • At least one legal entity established in a Member State
  • At least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries
  • Additionally, single applicants or small consortia (two partners) for EIC Pathfinder Challenges only.


Your proposal must meet all the following essential characteristics:

  • Convincing long-term vision of a radically new technology that has the potential to have a transformative positive effect to our economy and society.
  • Concrete, novel and ambitious science-towards-technology breakthrough, providing advancement towards the envisioned technology.
  • High-risk/high-gain research approach and methodology, with concrete and plausible objectives.

How to apply ?

You must submit your proposal via the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal before the given deadline.

Deadline for submitting your proposal:

  • EIC Pathfinder Challenges: 16 October 2024



EIC work programme 2024

General Information

Call Type
EU Horizon Europe
Eligible Country/ies
EU + Horizon Europe associated countries
Target Groups
Small- and Medium Enterprises, Start-Ups
Submission Deadlines
Single fixed deadline
(Next) Submission Deadline
16 October 2024
Type of Funding Instrument
Individual Support
Overall budget for all projects [EURO]

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