Funding opportunities

Here you can find a quick overview of the available European funding programmes that support startups. Scroll down to browse the overview tables organised according to the stage of the research-product lifecycle they support and their thematic priorities.

You can also find here a brief description of each programme, funding, target groups and links to official websites, current calls for proposals and contact details of the programme’s representatives in Slovakia, where you can obtain further information.

This overview of EU funding programmes was prepared by Ivan Filus, Innovation & growth advisor, Enterprise Europe Network, Horizon Europe NCP EIC/EIE.

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About: funding and investments through the EIC Fund for individual start-ups and small companies to develop and scale up game changing innovations

Funding: grants up to EUR 2.5 million (70% funding), investment up to EUR 15 million

Target group: only tech startups and SMEs (single partner, no consortia)

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: EIC Transition funds innovation activities that go beyond the experimental proof of principle in laboratory to support both: the maturation and validation of your novel technology in the lab and in relevant application environments, and the development of a business case and (business) model towards the innovation’s future commercialisation.

Funding: Grants of up to EUR 2.5 million

Target group: single applicants (SMEs, spin offs, start ups, research organisations, universities) or small consortia (max 5 partners); applications are restricted to results generated by the following eligible projects: EIC Pathfinder, FET, ERANETs, ERC Proof of Concept , EDF, all projects funded under Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe (EIC Transition Challenges ONLY)

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: exploration of bold ideas for radically new technologies, supporting high-risk / high gain and interdisciplinary cutting-edge science collaborations that underpin technological breakthroughs

Funding: grants of up to EUR 3 to 4 million

Target group: visionary scientists and entrepreneurial researchers from universities, research organisations, start-ups, high-tech SMEs or industrial stakeholders (consortia)

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: Pillar II: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness covering following clusters: health; culture, creativity and inclusive society; civil security for society; digital, industry and space; climate, energy and mobility; food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment

Funding: research (and innovation) grants of up to several million EUR

Target group: any legal organisation, incl. startups, scaleups, SME (consortia: at least three eligible entities from at least three Member States or associated countries)

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: Financial Support for Third Parties (FSTP), a mechanism to distribute public funding to assist startups, scaleups, SME and/or mid-caps, in the uptake or development of (digital) innovation

Funding: €20-250K

Target group: startups, scaleups, SME and/or mid-caps, researchers (single partner or consortia)

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: Funding programme for SMEs wishing to collaborate on R&D projects that create innovative products, processes or services for commercialisation

Funding: the maximum funding amount is a grant of 450,000 euro per project (Slovakia)

Target group: consortia of min. 2 innovative SMEs (incl. startups ) with possible participation of research organisation(s)

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: Agency of the European Union established in 2008 to strengthen Europe’s ability to innovate with Innovation Communities (KIC) in 9 areas: climate, digital, food, health, energy, manufacturing, raw materials, urban mobility and culture & creativity

Funding: entrepreneurial education, business creation, innovation projects, regional innovation, global outreach and citizen engagement activities (different conditions in respective KIC)

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: providing access to technical expertise and experimentation as well as the possibility to ‘test before invest’, EDIHs help companies improve business/production processes, products, or services using digital technologies

Funding: current phase of DIHs is providing funding, while new generation of EDIHs (starting from 2023) is mostly focused on providing subsidized services to SMEs

Target group: mainly SMEs

More information | Contacts in the EU Member States


About: EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and public administrations

Funding: funding to projects in 5 key capacity areas: supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and ensuring a wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society, including through Digital Innovation Hubs

Target group: (consortia: at least three eligible entities from at least three Member States or associated countries)

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: contributes to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction by supporting projects like carbon capture and storage, innovative low carbon technologies, generation of renewable energy and energy storage

Funding: ‘Large scale’ are projects with a capital expenditure above EUR 7.5 million. ‘Small scale’ are projects with total capital costs below EUR 7.5 million.

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: funding for nature and biodiversity, circular economy and quality of life, climate change mitigation and adaptation, clean energy transition

Funding: Standard Action Projects for circular economy and quality of life, nature and biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, Action Grants for clean energy transition, Strategic Integrated Projects and Strategic Nature Projects

Target group: any organisation; specific LIFE close to market projects for SMEs/ startups

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: EU programme focused on improve and foster health, protect people, access to medicinal products, medical devices and crisis relevant products, and strengthen health systems

Funding: health systems’ digitalisation, reducing the number of antimicrobial resistant infections and improving vaccination (funding from 60% to 100% of the total eligible costs)

Target group: eligible legal entities from the Member States, third countries associated such as health organisations, non governmental organisations (NGOs), the private sector and other eligible legal entities

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: EU Space Programme consists of several flagship programmes : Copernicus, Galileo, EGNOS

Funding: for services and applications based on Earth observation and Satellite Systems (from atmospheric monitoring and precision farming to safer aviation and automated driving)

Target group: check flagship programmes for further details

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: EU flagship programme to support the culture and audiovisual sectors

Funding: for initiatives promoting and enhancing artistic and cultural cooperation at EU level; actions encouraging the competitiveness, innovation and sustainability of the EU audiovisual sector; and collaboration across the audiovisual and cultural sectors

Target group: cultural and creative organisations from EU Member States, as well as non EU countries

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: provides aspiring European entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and/or successfully run a small business in Europe; new entrepreneurs gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur

Funding: financial assistance to the new entrepreneur during his/her stay abroad

Target group: the programme encourages the participation of both: aspiring or new entrepreneurs and experienced entrepreneurs

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia


About: EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

Funding: opportunities for organisations: learning mobility, innovation, support for policy reform, Jean Monnet, sport

Target group: organisations and individuals a comprehensive list of opportunities supported by the programme

More information | Open calls | Contacts in Slovakia

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