Skip to main content

Closing the Innovation Divide with the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS)

Supporting the innovation communities that need us

We launched the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme in 2014 to help countries boost their ability to innovate based on their scores on the European Innovation Scoreboard

EIT RIS activities are tailor-made to meet the diverse innovation needs of eligible countries. We’ve been setting up on-the-ground Hubs in elligible countries and regions scoring in the "modest" or "emerging" score categories to help spear-head on-the-ground implementation of these activities. EIT RIS Hubs foster closer interactions between local innovation actors and link local innovation ecosystems to the EIT’s pan-European innovation ecosystem. They also help integrate potential new partners and participants from the local innovation ecosystem in EIT Community activities.

Want to know where to find your closest EIT RIS Hub? 

Check out our interactive map

If you’re based in an RIS-eligible country, you can benefit from our programme

Whoever you are, whether a student, a researcher, an entrepreneur, a representative of an SME, a university, research lab, national/regional government, NGOs, or a city, you’ve come to the right place. The EIT RIS will support your innovation capacity and all of your innovation ambitions. 

Check from the list below to see if your country/region is eligible for the RIS between 2021 and 2024:

  • EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia
  • Horizon Europe Associated Countries: Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Türkiye, Ukraine
  • Outermost Regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain)

Learn more about the EIT Community and their RIS activities

EIT Climate-KICEIT DigitalEIT FoodEIT HealthEIT ManufacturingEIT Urban Mobility

Learn more about what the RIS can achieve through our RIS Activity Reports and Success Stories

Here's how to reach us

Learn more about the rules and frameworks guiding the RIS

 RIS Implementation Framework  

RIS Hubs Minimum Standards and Guiding Principles