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European Innovation Council (EIC)

The European Innovation Council (EIC) is a program for identifying, developing, and disseminating breakthrough technologies with disruptive potential. It funds projects at all stages of technological readiness and is aimed at researchers, small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups, and spin-offs. Depending on the program line, funding is available for individual persons and small consortia. The Transition and Accelerator program lines focus on the further development of projects which are already receiving funding.

EIC Pathfinder

The EIC Pathfinder program’s calls are intended for research on radical new technologies. Funding is available for high-risk/high-gain, excellent, and interdisciplinary collaboration in top level research aimed at enabling technological breakthroughs. The program is aimed at visionary scientists and entrepreneurial researchers at universities, research institutions, start-ups, high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises, or actors from industry interested in technological research and innovation. The EIC Pathfinder program funds activities with a low level of technological readiness (TRL 1-3).


EIC Transition

The EIC Transition program funds innovation activities with a high level of technological readiness (TRL 5-6) and is aimed at small consortia or individual persons from small and medium-sized enterprises, spin-offs, start-ups, research institutions, and universities. EIC Transition calls are intended exclusively for the further development of projects from the EIC Pathfinder, ERA-Nets, and ERC Proof of Concept programs.

EIC Accelerator

The EIC Accelerator program funds small and medium-sized enterprises, particularly start-ups and spin-offs, looking to further develop and disseminate breakthrough innovations.

European Partnerships

European Partnerships bring together the European Commission and private and/or public partners to address some of the most urgent challenges Europe faces through concerted research and innovation initiatives. They are an important implementation instrument for Horizon Europe and contribute significantly to achieving the EU’s political priorities. The partnerships publish their own calls for collaborative projects in their Funding & Tenders Portal. Many partnerships are also open for new members.

If you are interested in being a member of a partnership, please contact us.

Below, you can find a list of partnerships relevant for TU Berlin researchers.



List of relevant partnerships

  • European Partnership on Clean Hydrogen
  • European Partnership Made in Europe
  • Processes4Planet
  • European Partnership for transforming Europe's rail system
  • People-centric sustainable built environment (Built4People)
  • European Partnership – Towards zero-emission road transport (2ZERO)
  • European Partnership on Connected and Automated Driving (CCAM)
  • European Partnership for an Industrial Battery Value Chain
  • European Partnership – driving urban transitions to a sustainable future (DUT)
  • European Partnership for Clean Energy Transition
  • European Partnership water security for the planet (Water4All)
  • European Partnership for Smart Networks and Services
  • European Partnership on Artifical Intelligence, Data and Robotics
  • European Partnership for Photonics
  • European Partnership for EU-Africa Global Health

Your contact person

Cornelia Schmidt

EU Liaison Officer, Brussels Office


+49 30 314-70855

Organization name EU Office
Room FH 602