EIT Strategy 2021 - 2027

Strategy 2021 - 2027

To prepare for the EIT’s future and to better serve Europe as its largest innovation community, the EIT has presented its strategy for beyond 2020.

The EIT’s Strategic Innovation Agenda (EIT SIA) 2021-2027 sets out our vision, key objectives and the impact we want to achieve by 2027, including the global challenges we propose to address. We submitted our strategy to the European Commission in December 2017 as the basis and input for the EIT’s future role and position in the EU innovation landscape, in the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9), and the Multi-annual Financial Framework post 2020.

Our vision is to become a global innovation leader delivering world-class solutions to global societal challenges that create jobs and improve the quality of life of citizens.

  • To achieve this, we will significantly reinforce Europe’s innovation capacity by connecting and empowering people and organisations to create, educate and innovate.
  • We will implement this mission along four strategic objectives:
  1. We will foster, grow and further strengthen sustainable innovation ecosystems across Europe by connecting people, disciplines, sectors, organisations and resources
  • 13 thematic EIT Innovation Communities, active in up to 100 interlinked EIT Innovation Hubs across Europe, will transform their regions and Member States into entrepreneurship and innovation hotspots.
  • To narrow the innovation divide, we will accelerate those regions and Member States that are modest and moderate innovators towards excellence.
  • We will provide added value beyond our financial support, as our Innovation Communities become sustainable after 15 years and continue to deliver innovative solutions to the benefit of Europe’s citizens.
  1. We will bring new solutions to global societal challenges to the market by integrating business, education and research
  • We will continue to create innovative products and services to increase the quality of life of citizens and address global societal challenges, including in new areas such as security and resilience; inclusion, integration and migration; water, marine and maritime; and cultural and creative industries.
  • We grant high priority to disruptive and market-creating innovations and support innovators to both start-up and scale-up through our accelerators across Europe.
  1. We will continue to nurture entrepreneurial talent and enhance skills and competences for a strong, inclusive and open entrepreneurship and innovation culture
  • Education and training are at the heart of our innovation model. We will continue to train entrepreneurs and change-makers through our cutting-edge education programmes in real business settings.
  • To increase our reach, we will go beyond higher education and target school-level, executive as well as professional education.
  • The increased participation of women, minorities and other under-represented groups will be a priority.
  1. We will share innovative practices and learnings widely and contribute to innovation policy design in Europe
  • We will transfer our innovative approach and experience in a targeted and systematic way to benefit our stakeholders; provide input and advice to policy makers and enhance cooperation and synergies at global, European, national and regional levels.

We will complement future EU initiatives through our focus on nurturing sustainable innovation ecosystems by integrating the Knowledge Triangle:

  • supporting innovators to start and scale-up;
  • providing talent through entrepreneurial education;
  • accelerating regions and Member States towards excellence; and
  • contributing novel solutions to solve global societal challenges.

Enhanced alignment, coordination and cooperation at both policy and instrument levels are crucial and need to be ensured.

To achieve our ambition, we need to have a dedicated place at the very heart of EU innovation policy making and delivery, as an integral and central part of FP9.

Next steps:

Based on our input, the European Commission will develop by mid-2018 the legal proposal for the EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda 2021-2027 and EIT regulation post-2020, as an integral part of the preparations for FP9.

We continue to engage in a dialogue with our stakeholders to:

  • Present our ambitions and position in FP9;
  • Ensure their strategic involvement, as appropriate, in our programming cycle, as well as support for current and future EIT activities;
  • Continue to raise visibility, awareness, and understanding of the EIT Community activities and achievements as well as the value we add through active engagement with external stakeholders;
  • Ensure an appropriate flow of information on achievements, activities (opportunities to join) and lessons learned, as well as on the benefits the EIT Community brings to Europe!

Earlier versions:

EIT Strategic Outline

Draft Future EIT Thematic Areas