Open Opportunities

This page lists current calls, job vacancies and open opportunities that may be of interest to the innovation community. 

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

RFP for Feasibility study and Advisory Services: Establishment of a Technology Park in Pakistan at NED University of Engineering & Technology Karachi - looking for international stake holders to take part in feasibility and transaction advisory services. The original RFP and the Draft Consultancy agreement can be found here. Response to the queries/Corrigendum/Addendum/press advertisement/Extension of deadline notice here.

Deadline (extended): 15th July 2020

EU Green Week: If you plan to organise an event on environmental topics between 14 September and 23 October 2020, you can register it as an EU Green Week partner event. Becoming an EU Green Week partner gives you a possibility to showcase your achievements to a wider audience. More info.

Deadline: 31st July 2020

International cooperation with Japan for Research and Innovation on advanced biofuels and alternative renewable fuels: Disruptive conversion technologies are needed for replacing completely the use of fossil fuels in the transport and heating sectors with advanced biofuels and alternative renewable fuels. Proposals will aim at international cooperation with Japan involving Japanese organisations in the consortia for the development of disruptive catalytic technologies. More info

Deadline: 1st September 2020

BlueBio Call:  This will fund projects that facilitate the transfer (i.e. logistics, preservation and transportation) of bio-resources from harvest (catch or production) to processing to ensure e.g. traceability, quality, sustainability and the necessary quantity or pre-processing of the bio-resources for conversion into products for the market. This entails also the supply systems to primary producers for aspects affecting the bio-resources as it moves further in the value chain.More info 

Deadline: 14th September (submission deadline)

Call for submissions - ISPIM Connects Osaka Conference: “Connecting and Empowering Society”, a three-day event (6-9 Dec 2020) that brings together world-renowned experts on innovation management. Researchers, managers, business and thought leaders will share insights on innovation management hot-topics. Submissions from academic, research, consulting, industry, intermediary and policy are encouraged. More info

Deadline: 21st September 2020

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

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

Innovation Challenge Brazil-Europe: ENRICH in Brazil is running an Innovation Challenge to help Brazilian non-for-profit public/civil organisations and public companies, offering them a unique service scouting for innovative and tailored solutions to overcome their specific challenges in the Tourism & Leisure, Digitalization, and Sustainable Development sectors. ENRICH in Brazil will select three challenges and then act as an intermediary platform to bring the challenge owners to meet potential solution providers from Europe through a separate Call. More info

Deadline: 15th July 2020

Open Accelerator Call for Solutions: The 2020 Open Accelerator run by OpenZone is looking for digital technologies (ie: wearables, digital biomarkers, advanced analytics, AI etc.) that are creating transformative patient experiences along the entire patient journey from healthy living, to awareness and engagement, prevention, diagnosis, disease management and follow-up phase. This year they are looking for projects and startups preferably focused on Respiratory and CNS disease fields. More info

Deadline: 20th July 2020

DIGI-B-CUBE call for SMEs: 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: 29th July 2020

Brazil-Europe matchmaking platform: Enabling virtual direct contacts and business initiation among RTI focussed 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

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 services. More info.

Deadline: Next cut off 23rd September 2020 (applications open until September 2021)

CORNET Call for Proposals: International Collective Research projects involving at least two different countries/regions. The calls follow a bottom-up approach: every topic that supports SMEs in their innovation efforts is welcome. More info 

Deadline: 30th September 2020

Useful links

World Bank







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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