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 

European Digital Innovation Hubs:  Apply to be a European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH). As part of the next long-term EU budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the Commission has proposed the Digital Europe programme, the EU’s programme focused on building the strategic digital capacities of the EU and on facilitating the wide deployment of digital technologies, to be used by Europe’s citizens and businesses. More info

Deadline: Ongoing

Call for expressions of interest - Pilot living labs at the JRC: The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has launched a call for expressions of interest to co-create Living Labs for two selected smart city application areas: transport and energy in two of JRC's research sites Ispra, Italy and Petten, the Netherlands for smart city solutions. More info

Deadline: 31st December 2020

Southeast Asia - Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation: Joint calls for proposals in the areas of Infectious Diseases and Nanotechnologies, and Digital Health and Bioeconomy. Funding available for a maximum of 36 months. More info

Deadline: 15th 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

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

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

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 you 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

New Generation Internet: NGI provides support to projects from researchers, hi-tech start-ups and SMEs. There are multiple call cycles with numerous submission dates. More info 

Deadline: 1st December 2020 (last cycle)

Maze X: a 3-month start-up accelerator program designed to put ambitious impact tech start-ups on the road to becoming impact unicorns. More info

Deadline: 20th December 2020

Iberdola Startup Challenge: the call is for competitive and innovative solutions, based on power electronics, that allow optimization of medium and low voltage networks, improving their flexibility in different load scenarios. More info

Deadline: 31st December 2020

SmartEEs2: European acceleration program organizing an open Call for Application Experiments with the objective of providing support to Innovative Companies to digitalise their businesses and access new markets by integrating Flexible and Wearable Electronics technologies (FWE) into advanced products / series of products and servicesMore info

Deadline: Next cut off 15th January 2021 (applications open until September 2021)

DIGI-B-CUBE:  open call for funding opened on 22nd April 2020, to support projects focusing on integrating digital innovations and disruptive technologies across the Medical Diagnostics and related value chains. Small and Medium Enterprises (including new 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 through the DIGI-B-CUBE voucher scheme. More info

Deadline: 3rd February 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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