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HEU – EIC Pathfinder Challenges – 2023

Horizon Europe - EIC Pathfinder supports projects aimed at exploring innovative and risky ideas that are likely to lead to the development of new technologies and ultimately breakthrough innovations.

163.500.000 euro

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Program Horizon Europe Programme (HORIZON)
Institution European Commission
Sectors Aeronautics & Space Business & Industry Cooperation & Development Energy Nuclear Technology & Digital
Beneficiaries EU & International Organisation Research centre & university State administration & affiliated entities
Regions Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union
  • Member States
  • Associated Countries
  • Low and middle-income countries

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Priorities and funded actions

Some Horizon Europe budgets are structured in response to policy ambitions (“destinations”) and deployed through calls for proposals targeting more specific thematic/sector (“Topics”). Thus, your application must be linked to a topic of a call for proposals.

Various categories of projects are eligible:

  • RIA, Research and Innovation Actions: Basic and applied research / Technology development and adoption / Testing and validation of a prototype in the laboratory ;
  • IA, Innovation Actions: Prototypes, tests, demonstrations, pilot projects, market placement. These actions may include limited R&D activities ;
  • CSA, Coordination and Support Actions: Networking, studies & conferences, communication, studies for new research infrastructures ;
  • MSCA, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions / ERC individual grants: Training networks for researchers, Individual grants for experienced researchers, Staff exchange – mobility for researchers and non-scientific staff.

In addition, calls specify the categories of eligible beneficiaries:

  • Collaborative projects, composed of a coordinator and several partners organisations (consortium) ;
  • Single-beneficiary projects, involving a single organization ;
  • Individual scholarships, open to natural persons in their own name with their home institution.



  • HORIZON-EIC-2023-PATHFINDERCHALLENGES-01-01:  Clean and efficient cooling
  • HORIZON-EIC-2023-PATHFINDERCHALLENGES-01-02: AEC digitalisation for a new triad of design, fabrication, and materials
  • HORIZON-EIC-2023-PATHFINDERCHALLENGES-01-03: Precision Nutrition
  • HORIZON-EIC-2023-PATHFINDERCHALLENGES-01-04: Responsible Electronics
  • HORIZON-EIC-2023-PATHFINDERCHALLENGES-01-05: In-space solar energy harvesting for innovative space applications
  • Total budget of the call: 163.500.000 euro


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