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EU issues urgent call for innovators to combat coronavirus

The EIC Accelerator is seeking technologies and innovations that could help in the treatment, testing, monitoring or other aspects of the coronavirus outbreak.

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The European Commission is calling for start-ups and SMEs developing technologies which could help tackle coronavirus to apply for fast-track funding from the European Innovation Council’s (EIC) accelerator pilot.

 

The EIC Accelerator scheme supports high-risk, high-potential small- and medium-sized innovative enterprise and is seeking technologies and solutions that could help the treatment, testing, monitoring or other aspects of the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Coronavirus-relevant innovations

 

With a budget of €164 million, the Commission said the call is “bottom-up”, meaning there are no predefined thematic priorities and applicants with coronavirus-relevant innovations will be evaluated in the same way as other applicants.

 

Nevertheless, the Commission said it will look to fast-track the awarding of EIC grants and blended finance (combining grant and equity investment) to coronavirus-relevant innovations, as well as to facilitate access to other funding and investment sources.

 

The call is “bottom-up”, meaning there are no predefined thematic priorities and applicants with coronavirus-relevant innovations will be evaluated in the same way as other applicants.

 

The EIC is already supporting several start-ups and SMEs with coronavirus-relevant innovations which have been awarded funding in previous rounds. These include a project to track human mobility during epidemics, as well as:

  • specialised isolation units (SIU) – developed by EpiGuard, comprising a group of medical doctors who worked to contain Ebola infection. They came up with the EpiShuttle solution after three years of research – a one-person, hard-top (polycarbonate), reusable special investigations unit (SIU). Under the EpiShuttle 2.0 initiative, EpiGuard aims to combine modern gas disinfection technology with EpiShuttle to make its technology cost-effective and applicable for the wider global market.

  • microfiltration technology to remove viral material – Smart Separations Ltd (SSL) has developed a ceramic filter (m-TAP project) that can be tailored to suit many different applications in the underdeveloped global microfiltration industry. This patented ceramic membrane structure consists of highly ordered and self-assembled microchannels that transverse the entire membrane cross-section. It can be made into a filter system to provide a more controlled, versatile and low-cost solution for several industries, including indoor air purification.

 

The deadline for applications to the EIC Accelerator is March 18, 2020, 17:00 (Brussels local time).

 

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