Call for proposals 2021 - Cooperation with EEN (SoE, Applicants in widening countries and from women-led companies) HORIZON-EIC-2021-EEN-01 Open!


Deliver support actions to women innovators and widening countries applicants to EIC Accelerator as well as Seal of Excellence (SoE) holders through creating synergies with EU partners and programmes such as the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN):

  1. Support to innovative companies in a) widening countries (300-400 per year) and b) women-led innovative companies across the whole EU and HE 3rd pillar Associated Countries (600-800 per year) aiming at preparing high quality EIC Accelerator proposals.
  2. Support to EIC Accelerator SoE holders (300 per year) to obtain funding from private and/or public sources.  
  3. Exchange of best practice within the EEN and access to additional expertise and private sector actors for the benefit of EENs in widening countries and Associated Countries to 3rd Pillar.  

A broader talent pool will apply to the EIC and will therefore ultimately improve the innovation capacity of the Member States and Associated Countries to 3rd pillar and enhance the European innovation ecosystem. This will be achieved through 70% of SMEs served by EEN through this action will apply for the EIC Accelerator and 8% of served SMEs will receive EIC funding or SoE.
There will be also more realised SoE projects through access to private and public funding (i.e. 50% of served SoE will apply for funding and 25% of these SoE will receive funding).


This call covers the following topics:

  • HORIZON-EIC-2021-EEN-01-01: Cooperation with EEN (HORIZON-CSA - HORIZON Coordination and Support Actions)

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 7,30 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 06 January 2022 - in 2 months (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Program (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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