Open Opportunities

This page lists current calls, job vacancies and open opportunities that may be of interest to the innovation community. Scroll down for opportunities for startups, SMEs and R&I actors.

For startups and SMEs 

Empowering the Next gen of Angels: ESIL is dedicated to boosting Europe’s innovative ecosystems through the creation of a thriving, connected and diverse angel investment community across all the countries of Europe, whilst strengthening those markets where angel investment may still be lagging behind. ESIL is funded by the European Union through the European Innovation Council and SME Executive Agency (EISMEA). The program will be delivered by a consortium of seasoned ecosystem players, including META Group, BAE, and Bpifrance, all of whom are deeply embedded in Europe's investment and innovation landscapes. Read more

27th K-STP Tech Commercialization Program: The Korea-Science & Technology Park Tech Commercialization Program is an exclusive event designed to advance the commercialization of technological innovations. Hosted by the Korea Innovation Foundation from September 3-12 at the Korea Innovation Foundation location, this program recognizes and supports outstanding efforts in the tech ecosystem. For more information about the program and the application process, click here.

Deadline: July 14th 

Strategic Research Fund: Strategic Research Fund (SRF) is a funding programme within DANA PEMACU MOSTI specifically to fund strategic research and top-down initiative based on priority areas and in line with Dasar Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi Negara (“DSTIN”), 10-10 MySTIE and MOSTI’s technology roadmap. Leveraging the SRF programme, MRANTI provides an opportunity for more experimental R&D projects crossing the Technological Valley of Death (from Proof-of-Concept stage to Testing in Real Environment stage) specifically in 3 areas; Sustainable & Safe Mobility, Sustainable Agriculture, and Sustainable Healthcare.

Deadline: July 31st

SES 2024 Award : The Startup Ecosystem Stars Award is an annual event dedicated to recognizing and rewarding best practices among organizations that promote innovation ecosystems. This gathering brings together key players from the startup community to celebrate excellence and share insights. Submit your application to join the event and stand a chance to be recognized for your outstanding efforts in promoting innovation. Apply here!

Deadline: August 31st 

Touristech Startup Fest: The Touristech Startup Fest is a competition of startups with the latest solutions for the travel and tourism industry. This initiative brings together the most innovative entrepreneurs with projects that can transform the tourism sector through technology and sustainability. The Call for Innovation plans to convene more than 400 startups that will present their innovative project to be one of 40 who will be able to make a pitch in front of investors, Venture capital and leading companies on Friday October 25th 2024 at Tourism Innovation Summit. After the pitch, a jury will select the best projects to be the winners of the Touristech Startup Fest 2024.

Deadline: September 20th

EU-LAC Digital Accelerator: The EU-LAC Digital Accelerator works as a multi-sided platform that connects business opportunities from large corporations to startups and innovative SMEs, supporting these joint ventures up until an investment-ready stage and providing specific benefits for each of them. They offer in-kind services up to 30,000€ to expand new businesses in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.  More information and submission 

Eurostars: Eurostars is the largest international funding programme for SMEs wishing to collaborate on R&D projects that create innovative products, processes or services for commercialisation. Your consortium must spotlight an innovative SME as the main project participant. Applicants can choose project partners from SMEs, universities and research centres from any of the programme’s 37 participating countries. Organisations in non-participating countries can still join a Eurostars consortium. More info

Deadline: Ongoing 

EIC Accelerator:The EIC Work Programme opens funding opportunities worth €1.13 billion. The EIC Accelerator supports individual small and medium enterprises (SMEs), in particular startups and spinout companies to develop and scaleup game-changing innovations. More info

Deadline: Ongoing

European Cluster Collaboration Platform: The European online hub for industry clusters is a European Union initiative to strengthen the European economy through collaboration. It is a wide information hub for clusters, offering access to the latest news, open call programmes, events, collaboration networks, and international cooperation opportunities. More info

Deadline: Ongoing 

Funding and projects 

MIN Platform: The MIN Platform is a product of the INNO-MOB project, showcasing the opportunities that initiatives and networks provide to innovative and dynamic businesses within an inclusive mobility innovation European ecosystem. It serves as a comprehensive business support framework. Register here!

Waitro and Research Beeline: This platform offers many funding opportunities for registered companies with a specific focus on the Africa and ASEAN regions. This comprehensive and relevant tool publishes opportunities that cover all areas of research and all levels of researchers. At the same time, the platform also alerts businesses when new funding offers appeared. More info

Deadline: Ongoing 

European Innovation Council Accelerator: Companies meeting the EIC criteria for excellence, impact and risk-level are invited to prepare full applications for grants of up to €2.5 million. This financial support also comes with a range of Business Acceleration Services, providing access to leading expertise, corporates, investors and ecosystem actors. More info

Deadline: Ongoing

EIT-EIC CollabPilot: Two funding opportunities are available for companies in the science/health fields. Ready for Investment will provide ventures with expert advice and support with a market value of €10,000 tailored to each business’ needs. Gold Track offers startups the chance to attend workshops with top science advisors, as well as present to hand-picked investors and industry partners. More info

Deadline: Various

IFC Projects:  Any company or entreprenuer seeking funding can do so by approaching IFC directly. There is no standard project, application form or model that is expected, but the project must be aimed at the developing world whilst being environmentally and socially sound. More info

Deadline: Ongoing 

The INGENIOUS project is an extensive programme design for the European industry to gain sovereignty, to drive competitive sustainability, to be the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050, and to shape Europe’s digital future. The INGENIOUS project serves as a lever for the companies to implement highly innovative solutions, to penetrate key markets, to attract critical mass of partners via three financial instruments: Innovation Grant, Training Grant, and Internationalization Grant. More info

Deadline: Ongoing

Researcher Project for Experienced Scientists (FRIPRO): Funding is intended to support scientific renewal and development in research that can help to advance the research front. This call targets researchers who have demonstrated the ability to conduct research of high scientific quality and applies to all disciplines and research areas. More info

Deadline: Open-ended

Global Innovation Fund: The GIF, is social impact-first investment vehicle that works with mission-aligned development agencies, philanthropy, and other funders to find and fund evidence-based innovations. GIF applications working in any sector in any developing country. Any type of organisation may apply. This includes social enterprises, for-profit companies, non-profit organisations, government agencies, international organisations, and research institutions in any country. It is recommended that individual innovators, entrepreneurs, or researchers apply through an affiliated organisation. More info

Deadline: Ongoing


PTE Marketplace: DISRUPTIVE's international marketplace shows collaboration alerts related to the field of disruptive digital technologies. Companies and entities from anywhere in the world can participate in this marketplace by simply filling in a quick questionnaire where they explain what their alert consists of, whilst those seeking opportunities can find multiple chances for collaboration. More info

Deadline: Various

Useful links



Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) 

European Commission Funding Programmes

European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot

European Investment Bank (EIB)

European Investment Fund (EIF)

European Space Agency Funding

Horizon Europe

Global Innovation & Technology Association

Global Innovation Fund 





Open Research Europe

PTE Marketplace

Start-Up Chile

10000 startups by NASSCOM


TED E-tendering


World Bank

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