Pillar III – Innovative Europe

The Estonian National Contact Points (NCPs) are:

Darja Matt (EIC, EIT, EIE)
Phone +372 56924211

Margit Ilves (Legal and Financial Aspects, Access to Finance, SMEs)
Phone +372 7317 352


Europe has a solid research and industrial base and is the home of bold, creative entrepreneurs. Yet it often needs to strengthen the use of its scientific excellence and industrial prowess to accelerate innovation and turn innovative SMEs into global technology giants.

By reinforcing close cross-border collaboration between multiple actors, including academia, the public sector, industry and individual entrepreneurs, Horizon Europe aims to develop radical solutions to pressing societal challenges and fostering sustainable economic growth and employment. Through its Pillar III ‘Innovative Europe’, the programme will focus on supporting the development of disruptive and market-creating innovations and on enhancing European innovation ecosystems.

Horizon Europe’s Pillar III features three distinctive and complementary instruments:

European Innovation Council (EIC) European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE)
supports start-ups, SMEs and research teams developing high-risk, high-impact breakthrough innovation, with a particular focus on scaling up game-changing solutions that contribute to the objectives of the European Green Deal and the Recovery Plan for Europe. strengthens Europe’s innovation ability by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent. focus on building an interconnected, inclusive innovation ecosystem that encompasses European, national, regional and local initiatives as well as under-represented actors and territories, while also reinforcing the ecosystems’ innovation capacity.

More information:

European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, pillar III – Innovative Europe : supporting and connecting innovators across Europe, Publications Office of the European Union, 2021, https://data.europa.eu/doi/10.2777/90204