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 

IASP Inspiring Solutions: We are looking for any innovative ideas, solutions, or projects related to improving the management, performance or efficiency of science parks or areas of innovation. Gain more visibility at the next IASP International Conference in September 2021 and through e-publication, social media, the IASP website, emails, and more. More info

Deadline: 30th April 2021

EIC Innovation Pathway Workshops for Pathfinder: EIC Pathfinder beneficiaries (FET-Open & FET-Proactive) can participate in the Innovation Training Workshops which will offer support and training on the commercialization and value creation of research projects: validating technology, recognising business opportunities and honing pitching skills. More info

Deadline: 13th May 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

EU Prize for Women Innovators: The prize is awarded to the most talented women entrepreneurs from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon Europe, who have founded a successful company and brought innovation to the market. Three prizes of €100,000 each are awarded in the main category. A fourth prize of €50,000 is awarded to a promising ‘Rising Innovator’ aged 30 or younger. More info

Deadline: 30 June 2021

NASA Deep Space Food Challenge: NASA seeks ideas for novel food production technologies or systems that require minimal resources and produce minimal waste, while providing safe, nutritious, and tasty food for long-duration human exploration missions. More info

Deadline: 30th July 2021

For startups and SMEs

ScaleUp Champions: The startup-corporate program has opened a call for deep-tech startup to participate in challenges defined by corporate partners. Selected startups will receive a set of training activities aiming to increase their fundraising capacity and a series of networking events to build sustainable partnerships and create new market opportunities. More info

Deadline: 25th April 2021

POINT IoT Challenge: Point.IoT is an exciting new programme designed to empower innovation using Galileo and IoT technologies. In relation to 2 challenges, 10 teams will receive access to a two-day action-packed bootcamp, three-month virtual sprint and one-on-one coaching from industry experts to ensure their solutions are both technically robust and strategically positioned for market success. More info

Deadline: 30th April 2021

The Smart Cities Innovation Programme: SCIP is a 6-month accelerator supporting tech start-ups from Rwanda and other African countries in the fields of Smart Mobility, Smart Housing and Fintech for Affordability. 10 start-ups will be selected in each of these categories, and they will benefit from individual mentoring, training as well as intensive networking and matchmaking with international business partners and investors. More info

Deadline:9th May 2021

Start-up and SME Booster Call 2021: Raw Materials Booster programme provides support to start-ups and SMEs to develop innovative products and services that can produce an impact in the raw materials sector or benefit our partners. Besides funding and customised services, the selected start-ups and SMEs will also get access to the EIT RawMaterials partner network. More info

Deadline: 28th May 2021

MWC Barcelona: MWC Barcelona is an influential exhibition for the connectivity industry. In 2019, up to 2,400 exhibitors, 8,000 CEOs, and 59% of the industries’ most influential decision-makers gathered here. Now the event is back with a new edition from June 28 to July 1, 2021. The event brings together innovators, business leaders, and futurists to focus on a common theme, which this year is “Connected Impact.” More info

Deadline:28th June 2021

European Space Agency Funding: Businesses can apply for funding from ESA Business Applications in two main ways: through Open Calls for Proposals and through Competitive Tenders. Companies are expected to already be engaged in commercial or developmental activities within the target sectors. More info

Deadline: Various deadlines

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. 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

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)

Open Research Europe

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