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News article18 October 2023Directorate-General for Research and Innovation1 min read

Deadline extension for Horizon Europe calls following Hamas’ terrorist attacks across Israel

In light of the disruptions caused by the fallout of Hamas’ terrorist attacks across Israel, the European Commission has carefully assessed the challenges experienced by partner organisations in the region.

We acknowledge that these circumstances make it difficult to timely complete and submit proposals to some Horizon Europe calls with deadlines in the coming days and weeks.

In line with the European Union’s commitment to foster inclusivity and collaboration among our research community members, the European Commission would like to inform that it has decided for an exceptional extension of several Horizon Europe call cut off dates, allowing more time to submit applications.

This extension is meant to provide extra time and assistance to help overcome difficulties individual applicants may be facing in the present context, without unduly delaying the implementation of Horizon Europe actions.

The calls for which deadlines will be extended for all applicants, irrespective of the country where the organisation is based, are the following:

  • The ERC Starting Grant Call will be extended from 24 October to 7 November;
  • The ERC Synergy Call will be extended from 8 November to 15 November;
  • The EIC Accelerator will be extended from 19 October to 8 November;
  • The EIC Pathfinder will be extended from 18 October to 25 October.

We encourage all eligible organisations to take advantage of these extensions, allowing additional time for review, to make any necessary adjustments to their proposals, and thereby to ensure the successful submission of their applications.

We appreciate the efforts that organisations in the region are investing to engage in international R&I cooperation and to further promote scientific excellence globally.

Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said:

“With this extension, we offer our support to those affected by the recent hostilities. Our research community believes in inclusivity, resilience, and collaboration, and we are devoted to ensuring that each organisation has equal chances. Our thoughts are with you, and we wish you safety and peace, above all.”

More information

European Innovation Council (EIC)

European Research Council (ERC)

International cooperation with Israel


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EC Spokesperson for Research, Science and Innovation


Publication date
18 October 2023
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation