CALL | Horizon Europe | European Innovation Council 

EIC Pathfinder Open 2021 – The ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage

EIC Pathfinder Open may support your work, especially if it is highly risky: you may set out to try things that will not work; you may be faced with questions that nobody knows the answer to yet; you may realise that there are many aspects of the problem that you do not master. On the contrary, if the path you want to follow is incremental by nature or known, EIC Pathfinder Open will not support you..


Expected call opening date

08 April 2021

Deadline to submit applications applications

19 May 2021

Starting of projects



At least three independent legal entities, each one established in a different Member State or Associated Country and with at least one of them established in a Member State.

Total EU Budget for the year

Average budget per project

Number of projects to be funded

Single applicants or small consortia (two partners) may be able to apply for Pathfinder Challenges according to the call specifications.

Proposals should address the diversity of the EIC-EIE stakeholders

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