The Competition was open for entries from 8th April – 12th May 2021
We are currently closed for entries.

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Who can enter?

The Competition is open to any legal entity (including natural persons) or group of legal entities, except public administrations, established in EU Member States or Associated countries to Horizon Europe. 

Ideas and proposals from all sources, sectors and all types of organisations including for-profit, not-for-profit, or private companies are welcome. Applications involving several organisations and/or from various countries are also possible.

Eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the Competition. The eligibility of applicants established in Horizon Europe associated countries will be assessed according to rules introduced in Annex III of the EIC 2021 Work Programme.

Before applying please ensure you:

You can download a list of the entry questions to prepare before applying using the online portal. The template is also available on our Resources page. You can also visit this page for further information and references regarding the Competition and the 2021 theme.

Exclusion criteria:

Participants will be excluded if they (or one of them):

  • have already received an EU or Euratom prize cannot receive a second prize for the same activities.
  • are subject to an administrative sanction (i.e. exclusion)
  • bankrupt, being wound up, having their affairs administered by the courts, entered into an arrangement with creditors, suspended business activities or subject to any other similar proceedings or procedures under national law
  • are declared in breach of social security or tax obligations by a final judgment or decision
  • are found guilty of grave professional misconduct by a final judgment or decision
  • are convicted of fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation, money laundering, terrorism-related crimes (including terrorism financing), child labour or human trafficking
  • have shown significant deficiencies in complying with main obligations under a procurement contract, grant agreement or grant decision financed by the EU or Euratom budget