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.

Call for papers

International Conference on Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence and Statistics: CFAIS 2021 brings together researchers, engineers, scientists and industry professionals to an open forum where advances in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Statistics can be shared and examined. The research topics include, among others: Approximate inference, Multi-agent systems, Business Process Intelligence and others. More info

Deadline: 30 October 2021

Funding and projects 

Waitro and Research Beeline provide a platform that offers many funding opportunities for registered companies with a specific focus on 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 

For startups and SMEs

Business modelling training course: FREE - two day course (in Italian) open to all those interested in finding out more about business models and the various approaches, but with a specific focus on space tech companies. More info

Deadline: 21-22nd October

5th China, Shenzhen, International Innovative & Entrepreneurial Competition: open to all foreign innovation and entrepreneurship projects, the competition includes a venture capital pool of RMB 25 billion, spread over 40 investment institutions, to support outstanding projects. More info

Deadline: various

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

European Commission funding programmes

TED E-tendering

European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot


European Investment Bank (EIB)

European Investment Fund (EIF)

Open Research Europe

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