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.

Job vacancies

University Of Luxembourg: Research Associate (Postdoc) in Artificial Intelligence for Space Applications

SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects (projects with industrial partners such as Lift-Me Off, POST, ARTEC 3D and DataThings and/or national and international academic projects). All projects require conducting full scale experiments, including real-time implementation, data acquisition, training and validation at the SnT Computer Vision Lab. CVI2 is a group composed of highly motivated and active members. More info

KFUPM King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals: Computer Science

The Computer Engineering Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia is seeking candidates in any academic ranks; Assistant/Associate/Full Professors and Postdocs. Candidates with demonstrated research and teaching expertise in the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and edge computing, embedded systems, computer vision, high performance and parallel computing or quantum computing have higher priority. Candidates holding PhD degrees from renowned universities with interests and expertise in areas of Computer Engineering are encouraged to apply. KFUPM is one of the leading Universities in the Middle East and is known worldwide for its high standards of excellence in teaching and research. The academic centre offers exciting career perspective, strong research support and very competitive compensation packages among other advantages. More info

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Ghent University: PhD Position - Research on an AI Buddy for Instructional Feedback

Ghent University offers a fully funded PhD Scholarship for Research on an AI Buddy for Instructional Feedback. This PhD research project is an interdisciplinary research opportunity to develop and validate AI techniques for monitoring the progress of students in an open-ended learning context. More specifically, in code representation, self-supervised visualisation techniques, data visualisation for a dashboard with feedback on the students’ progress, and validation of the dashboard with teachers. The goal of the PhD research project is to develop a tool that can monitor the progress of students in an open-ended learning context. More info

For startups and SMEs

Network Intelligence Programme for startups

By participating in the Network IQ™ Alliance Programme you will transform connections into collaborations learning how to effectively engage potential investors. The programme consists of Coaching sessions, Matchmaking and a Demo day with investors using the renowned Network IQ methodology developed by Daria Golebiowska-Tataj Honorary Professor at Alliance Manchester Business School. Register Here. More info

Deadline: 22nd September

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

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 

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 

Innovation Fund Small Scale Projects (InnovFund-2022-SSC): This is a call for proposals for EU grants in the field of demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies under the Innovation Fund (InnovFund). The objectives of this call are to support projects demonstrating highly innovative technologies, processes, business models, or products/services that are sufficiently mature and have a significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More info

Deadline: September 19th, 2023

LIFE Subprogramme Climate Action (LIFE-2023-SAP-CLIMA): The European Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) launches the LIFE Subprogramme Climate Action. The project is set under the Climate Change Mitigation Priority Area to contribute to the socially just and sustainable transition towards a climate neutral economy by 2050 and to reaching the EU emission reduction target for 2030. More info

Deadline: September 21st, 2023

Narwhal Challenge 2023: The Narwhal Challenge is a aimed at maritime project leaders and start-ups from all over the world who want to discover the French marine science and technology market. As part of the Narwhal Challenge, Campus Mondial invites anyone interested to discover the territory and the expertise of the players in its community over a period of 3 days: maritime cybersecurity, marine biotechnologies, maritime space, marine renewable energy, artificial intelligence, etc. Among the players to meet: startups, SMEs, key accounts, laboratories, professional networks, banks, etc. More info

Deadline: September 8th, 2023

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


STPIA 3rd National Conference:  The Iran Association of Science Parks and Innovation Organizations (STPIA) is celebrating their 3rd national conference from 8-9 November, under the theme "The Role of Government, University, Private Sector and Society". Call for papers is currently open, recommended themes can be seen here

Deadline: 22 September 2023

European Prize for Woman Innovators: This prize celebrates the women entrepreneurs behind Europe’s ground-breaking innovations. The prize awards women from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon Europe, whose disruptive innovations are driving positive change for people and planet. Applications are open until 27 September 2023 at 17:00 CET. More info

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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