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News article13 July 20211 min read

More than €90 million available under the first calls of the European Innovation Ecosystems Work Programme

A novelty under Horizon Europe, the European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE) Work Programme aims to create the ground for a sustainable, robust and integrated European innovation ecosystem. 

The actions of the SCALEUPestination reinforce network connectivity within and between innovation ecosystems, accelerate sustainable business growth and promote female leadership in deep tech. Three EIE SCALEUP calls with a total budget of € 13.75 million are open for submission until 10 November 2021.

A brand new initiative to tackle the innovation gender gap by supporting women leading deep tech start-ups at the early, formative stages of their company. Women TechEU offers first-class coaching and mentoring to female founders provided by the EIC’s “Women Leadership Programme as well as financial support of  € 75.000 to  help take their business to the next level.

The CONNECT destination offers a holistic package of actions that foster the implementation of co-funded multi-annual programmes of activities among Member States, Horizon Europe Associated Countries and EU regions; It encourages the inclusion of more stakeholders from across the quadruple helix and stimulates innovation procurement to help the market uptake of innovative solutions. Two EIE CONNECT calls with a total budget of € 8 million are open for submission until 26 October 2021.

The INNOVSMES destination supports the European Partnership on Innovative SMEs. The INNOVSMES call with a total budget of € 72.8 million is open until 1 September 2021.



Publication date
13 July 2021