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 and SMEs.

Funding and projects 

World Summit on the Information Society Prizes 2021: The WSIS Prizes contest showcases projects and activities that leverage the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to advance sustainable development (SDGs). The contest is open to all stakeholders entities representing governments, private sector, international and regional institutions, civil society and academia. More info

Deadline: 25th January 2021

European Green Deal Call: The European Commission has decided today to launch a €1 billion call for research and innovation projects that respond to the climate crisis and help protect Europe's unique ecosystems and biodiversity. There are 8 thematic areas and the responses are expected to bring medium- and long-term results. More info

Deadline: 26th January 2021

Collaboration and Partnership in Sci-Tech Park: Invitation for universities to participate in a project of establishing a new science and technology park with the University of Management and Technology (UMT), (Lahore, Pakistan) and the Government of Pakistan. Please email for further information or expressions of interest.

Deadline: 29th January 2021

European Cluster Excellence Programme with ClusterXchange: The ultimate aim is to improve the specialised and customised business support that cluster organisations provide to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), helping to boost their competitiveness and expand into international markets whilst fostering the green and digital transitions of the European economy. More info

Deadline: 2nd February 2021

International Climate Initiative (IKI): projects proposed by organisations based in ODA countries in the field of greenhouse gas reduction and adaptation to climate change can apply for funding of up to 200,000 euros. More info

Deadline: 9th February 2021

World Summit on the Information Society 2021 Photo Contest: Building a collage of ICT for Sustainable Development photographs from around the world demonstrating how ICTs are playing an enabling role in achieving the SDGs. The three winning entries from the WSIS Photo Contest will be awarded and presented at the WSIS Forum 2021. More info

Deadline: 8th March 2021

Bioeconomy International: This Joint Public Call aims to support cooperative projects between Brazilian and German Research Organizations and/ or companies in the themes of "industrial use of biomass" and "medicinal and aromatic plants", aiming at the generation of knowledge, technology and innovation for economic, social and environmental gains in both countries. More info here and here

Deadline: 19th March 2021

Central Highlands Restoration Project India: An Innovation Call has been launched to identify a competitive pool of global organisations that offer disruptive solutions focused on improving the yields and adding value to the Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), local agriculture, food processing and market linkages and supply chain traceability of local produce. More info

Deadline: 21st March 2021

India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme: open for Indian and Swedish companies who jointly aim to develop new innovative technologies, processes and advanced or technologybased services which will in subsequent steps generate sustainable solutions for society coupled with market potential. Proposals in the Smart Grid sector are welcome. More info

Deadline: 20th May 2021

EIC Horizon Prize for 'European Low-Cost Space Launch': The challenge is to develop a European technologically non-dependent solution for launching light satellites into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), which will enable dedicated low-cost launches with committed schedule and orbit. The solution needs to be innovative, implementable, affordable in development and exploitation phases, and commercially viable.  More info

Deadline: 1st June 2021

For startups and SMEs

10000 startups by NASSCOM: The programme was started in 2013 with the idea of funding 10,000 Indian startups in 10 years. Selected startups are helped to raise money from VCs, government funds, and angel investors, among others. Focus sectors: healthcare, agriculture, education, smart cities and AI.

Deadline: Ongoing

EU Funding is available for all types of companies of any size and sector including entrepreneurs, start-ups, micro companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, and larger businesses. A wide range of financing is available: business loans, microfinance, guarantees and venture capital. The site provides links to financing opportunities for every European country. More info

Deadline: Ongoing

SMEBOOK provides a matchmaking service that uses algorithms to recommend partnerships between technology companies based on their needs and interests. By mapping value chains and compiling information on tech companies, accurate matching of technology partners is possible. More info

Deadline: Ongoing

Brazil-Europe matchmaking platform: Enabling virtual direct contacts and business initiation among RTI focused start-ups, companies, soft landing hubs, and other organizations between Brazil and Europe. Coverage soon to be expanded to the wider Latin American and Caribbean Region in the near future. More info.

Deadline: Ongoing opportunities

European Science Diplomacy Online Course (FREE): An introduction to the field of science diplomacy. The course benefits from a theoretical as well as a practical dimension, as it gives information about the conceptual framing of science diplomacy, the variety of stakeholders and networks involved, including a whole module focused on the European Union, different implementation strategies, skills needed in the field of science diplomacy and some case studies of science diplomacy in practice. More info

Deadline: Course available on demand

DIGI-B-CUBE:  open call for funding to support projects focusing on integrating digital innovations and disruptive technologies across the Medical Diagnostics and related value chains. Small and Medium Enterprises (including start-ups) operating in the health, medicine, biotech, biopharma, IT or related sectors (robotics, automation, electronics, nanotech etc.) can apply for equity-free funding up to €60,000. More info

Deadline: 3rd February 2021

REACH 1st Open Call: The call will fund the execution of projects led by SMEs including a Data Value Chain (DVC) scenario where value is created from the sharing of data, proposing innovative products and services making use of Big Data tools and following one of 3 tracks specified. More info

Deadline: 15th February 2021

Plantoon: 6 SMEs will be selected to develop and/or extend different components of the PLATOON reference architecture and data analytics tools to be implemented and validated by PLATOON’s 7 large scale pilots that focus on increased renewable energy consumption, smart grids management, increased energy efficiency and optimised energy asset management. More info

Deadline: 4th March 2021

Useful links

World Bank







Global Innovation & Technology Association

EC funding programmes

TED E-tendering

Horizon Europe

European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot


European Investment Bank (EIB)

European Investment Fund (EIF)

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