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Open Call for EIC Solvers

Calling EIC Beneficiaries to co-create a pilot with a public organisation

Applications are open from 4 April - 6 June, 2024

The Open Call for EIC Solvers is an exclusive opportunity for SMEs currently or previously funded by the European Innovation Council to test and pilot their innovation and develop a solution to a concrete challenge that exists in the public domain

To apply, an EIC Solver must team up with a public organisation of their choice (Challenger) and propose both the challenge to be solved and the Solution to be developed. 

The top 4 Challenger/Solver consortia for this Open Call for EIC Solvers will get selected to join a 10-month co-creation programme, supported by the InnoBuyer team. 

Please read the Guidelines for Applicants for detailed instructions  and make sure to use the proposal template 

What’s in it for you?

The InnoBuyer Call for EIC Solvers aims to select and fund 4 innovative solutions from SMEs (Solvers) funded by the EIC to address a specific innovation need of a public organisation (Challengers) of their choice, to be jointly co-created in the InnoBuyer pilot programme


Watch the Info Webinar we held on Thursday, April 11, 2024 – 11:00 CET 

Or check the Presentation. 


Call for EIC Solvers

Eligibility check and Evaluation

Contracting phase

Pilot Co-Creation Programme

4 April 2024 - 6 June 2024 17:00 CET

7 June to 13 July 2024 *

15 to 26 July 2024*

August 2024 to May 2025*

* Tentative dates

Who can apply?

Team up!

Only applications are accepted from consortia composed of 2 parties:

1. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) or Start-ups that are EIC beneficiaries, and legally established in: any of the  Member States of the EU, including their outermost regions, the Overseas Countries and Territories linked to the Member States, or a Horizon Europe associated country.

2. Together with one Public Organisation being 

a) the State, regional or local authorities, b) bodies governed by public law or c) associations formed by one or more such authorities or one or more such bodies governed by public law.

Please check the Guidelines for Applicants for more information and a complete overview of eligibility criteria

Still have questions?

Join us for the Info Webinar on Thursday, April 11, 2024 – 11:00 CET

About InnoBuyer

The acquisition of innovation by public organisations enables better and more efficient service delivery to citizens and customers. These organisations can acquire innovation via direct procurement from the market when a mature solution is available. However, frequently these organisations have unmet needs that require innovative solutions that are not yet widely available in the market. 

InnoBuyer is an EU-funded project that aims to become a testing ground and benchmark towards the implementation of a demand-driven methodology that brings together Challengers (public and private organisations) and Solvers (notably European Innovation Council-supported SMEs), to jointly co-create innovative solutions, and speed-up the process leading to a concrete innovation procurement.