The European Innovation Council (EIC) supports researchers and innovators developing high-risk, breakthrough innovations with the potential to create new markets and boost jobs, growth and prosperity in Europe. The EIC is open to ideas in any field of innovation and it is possible to apply at any time of the year.


Three types of programmes are offered by the EIC:

  1. Pathfinder for researchers and technologists (radically new technologies emerging from collaborative research);
  2. Accelerator for startups, small companies, and entrepreneurs (development and scaling up of high-risk innovations);
  3. Transition for innovation activities that go beyond the experimental proof of principle in a laboratory.


Source : European Digital Skills & Jobs Platform

Digital technology / specialisation

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Internet of Things
  • Big Data
  • Blockchain
  • Robotics
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • High Performance Computing
  • Machine Learning
  • Cloud Computing
  • 5G
  • Telecommunications
  • WiFi
  • Quantum Computing
  • Software
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Web Development
  • Microelectronics
  • Digital skills

Digital skill level

  • Advanced
  • Digital Expert

Geographic Scope - Country

  • European Union

Type of initiative

EU institutional initiative

Target audience

  • Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.

Target group

  • High Achievers
  • Persons who have completed tertiary education (EQF 8)
  • Persons with 3-10 years work experience
  • Persons with 10+ years work experience

Form of funding

Financial Instrument