EIT Strategy 2014-2020
The Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) and the EIT’s amended Regulation, adopted by the European Parliament and Council in December 2013, define the framework for the EIT's operations for the period from 2014 to 2020. The EIT will contribute strongly to the objectives set out in Horizon 2020, in particular by addressing societal challenges in a complementary way to other initiatives in these areas. Horizon 2020 is a key pillar of the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at enhancing Europe's global competitiveness.
Some of the key elements are:
- A proposed budget of EUR 2.7 billion within a budget of almost EUR 80 billion for Horizon 2020, the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
- Consolidation and further development of the three existing KICs (Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy).
- Creation of five new KICs to be launched in three waves. The themes (outlined in more details in the EIT’s Strategic Innovation Agenda) to be addressed by the new KICs are:
- Innovation for healthy living and active ageing; and
- Raw materials - sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution
- Food4Future - sustainable supply chain from resources to consumers; and
- Added-value manufacturing
- Urban mobility
- The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS), is the EIT’s way of ensuring wider participation in its activities. The aim of the RIS is to draw others, outside the KIC partnership, into the world of innovation – to engage with other companies, universities, labs and stakeholder organisations that could help or be helped by the KIC.
More information on the EIT's 2014 Call for KICs can be found here.