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.

Job opportunities

Team Leader for the BIC Ethiopia project: The overarching goal of the project is to facilite business incubation of agri-tech businesses and SMEs. The team leader will be responsible for the management and implementation of the project and will have 5 years of experience in project management and 2 years of experience leading a small team. More info

Deadline: 1st August 2021

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 

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

Call for Experts - BIC Africa: Trainers, speakers, coaches, consultants, or mentors to support the implementation of a regional network of business incubators in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project supports business incubation services and therefore focuses on capacity-enhancing, knowledge-sharing, and innovation transfer activities. More info

Deadline: 31st July 2021

Waitro Innovation Award 2021: Two innovative projects will win the Waitro award. The area of focus are new sources of marine and terrestrial non-conventional food, such as micro- and macro-algae, insects or new forms of agriculture (e.g. hydroponics) that are less susceptible to climate change impacts. More info

Deadline: 31st August 2021

EIC Transition Open funds novel technologies from any scientific field that have already reached the experimental proof of principle in laboratory. These technologies should aim to a further maturation and validation in the lab and in relevant application environments in order to develop market readiness. More info

Deadline: 22nd September 2021

The EIC Transition Challenges on Medical Technology and Devices is aimed at novel technologies and devices responding to important health needs in the direct clinical treatment and care of patient. It supports transition activities from a proof-of-concept result to a level of technological maturity appropriate for clinical evaluation and aiming to develop an exploitation strategy.More info

Deadline: 22nd September 2021

The EIC Transition Challenge – Energy harvesting and storage technologies funds innovative technologies that intent to develop an efficient, low cost, sustainable, compact and flexible energy harvesting, conversion and storage. These technologies are therefore considered important for the Green Deal targets of decarbonised energy systems while achieving the transition to secure and affordable energy. More info

Deadline: 22nd September 2021

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

Accelerating Growth through Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development is a training course that aims to support those participants in issues related with financial resources and economic development. This opportunity does also provide insight into minority and women-owned businesses and it stresses the importance of building ecosystems in communities of colour. The event will be online and it will take place from July 29th to July 30th. More info

Deadline: 28th July 2021 

Silver Economy: Innovation for Inclusion Challenge: This project is focused on finding innovative solutions that empower the rapidly growing ageing population to become an engine for social inclusion and economic recovery in the Latin American and the Caribbean region (LAC). This project focuses on important factors for any entrepreneur such as financial services or ecosystem building. Particularly, it targets not only start-ups but also small medium-sized enterprises. More info

Deadline: 31st of July 2021

EIC Accelerator: The EIC Accelerator supports individual Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular Startups and spinout companies to develop and scaleup game-changing innovations.  EIC selected companies receive coaching, mentoring, access to investors and corporates, and many other opportunities as part of the EIC community. More info

Deadline: 6th October 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

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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