EIC Info Day

In cooperation with the European Commission, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are organizing an international information day where research organisations and innovative companies can learn about the opportunities offered by the European Innovation Council (EIC).

Potential applicants from Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are cordially invited to learn more about these opportunities, but also about the successes achieved within the European Innovation Council funding schemes.

High-level speakers from the European Commission (including the president of the EIC Board Michiel Scheffer), and EISMEA will present the overall strategy and give an overview of the EIC's three main funding programmes:

  • EIC Pathfinder: for advanced research on breakthrough or pioneering technologies
  • EIC Transition: for the transformation of research results into innovation opportunities
  • EIC Accelerator: for individual companies to develop and commercialise high-risk, high-impact breakthrough innovations

You will have the opportunity to get first-hand feedback from beneficiaries: We will present success stories from Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and provide insights that will help you increase your chances of success.


09:30: Welcome Address from the host countries: Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic

09:40: Introduction to European Innovation Council

  • Anna Panagopoulou, Director of ERA & Innovation, DG for Research and Innovation
  • Michiel Scheffer, EIC Board President

10:00: Pathways to Innovation: EIC Pathfinder, Transition and Accelerator: Overview and application process presented by the European Commission, this session offers an overview of the European Council's flagship initiatives.

  • Keith Sequeira, Head of Unit, DG Research and Innovation
  • Grzegorz Ambroziewicz, Depulty Head of Unit, Executive Agency for EIC & SME

11:00: Coffee Break

11:15: From Vision to Reality: EIC Success Stories: A spotlight on the journeys of successful EIC beneficiaries from the Pathfinder, Transition and Accelerator instruments

12:00: The Decision Makers: Insights from EIC Evaluators, Jury Members, and the EIC Fund | How to prepare a successful proposal for the EIC Accelerator | Featuring EIC evaluators, jury members and representatives from the EIC Fund and the European Commission

12:45: Closing Remarks

13:00: End 

The event will be held in English.

This infoday is jointly organised by the European Commission, the Austrian Ministry of Labour and Economy (BMAW), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (SCSTI), the Research and Innovation Authority (VAIA), BIC Bratislava, the Technology Centre Prague and the South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC).

Do, 4.4.2024 | 09:30 - 13:00

Praterstraße 1
1020 Vienna

FFG website with additional information and registration