Innovation leaders: join the EIT Governing Board - deadline extended to 21 October

Call for EIT Governing Board members - extended

Looking for an opportunity to solve pressing global challenges through innovation? Do you want to help Europe transition to a greener, healthier and more sustainable future?

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is selecting new members for its Governing Board. Leading academics, business representatives, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers are encouraged to apply and help drive Europe’s ability to innovate.

The Call of expression of interest for up to eight new members is open now and until 21 October.

The EIT Governing Board  consists of 12 European innovation leaders appointed by the European Commission for a four-year mandate. It provides the EIT’s strategic leadership and is independent in its decision-making. Specifically it is responsible for the selection, designation and evaluation of the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities.

The EIT is an up and running EU innovation engine that delivers solutions to pressing global challenges. The Institute makes innovation happen through a unique model that supports the development of dynamic, long-term European partnerships – EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities – where businesses, education and research cooperate.

The EIT’s logic is: innovation needs a pipeline of ideas, talent and the supporting ecosystem. With Europe’s largest innovation network of more than 50 EIT Innovation Hubs, gathering over 1 500 partners, the EIT gives innovators what they need to succeed. It offers a wide range of activities to help aspiring innovators turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth, including education programmes, start-up and acceleration support and innovation-driven research projects.

Since 2010, the EIT Community has brought over 900 new products and services to the market, trained thousands of entrepreneurs and has backed over 2 000 ventures that have attracted EUR 1.5 billion in external investment. Meet some of the EIT Community supported entrepreneurs below.


The Commission has recently presented the EIT’s strategy for 2021 to 2027 that would increase the EIT’s ambition, mandate and budget.

Find out more about the EIT here and discover some of the innovations powered by the EIT.  

About the Selection Procedure

The selection procedure for up to eight new members of the EIT Governing Board begins with this Call for Expressions of Interest. Each member has a four-year, non-renewable mandate and Members are appointed in a personal capacity, acting independently and in the public interest.

Following the closure of the Call on 21 October 2019, a Steering Committee will evaluate the submissions and interview the highest-scored candidates. The Steering Committee will then prepare a shortlist of candidates to be proposed as new members. The EIT Governing Board will assess and approve the shortlist and transmit it to the European Commission.

The new members of the Governing Board will be appointed through a Commission Decision, expected in 2020. In its appointments, the Commission gives regard to the balance between higher education, research, innovation and business experience as well as to gender and geographical balance.

More information is available in the EIT Governing Board’s decision on the selection procedure here.

About the Steering Committee

For this procedure, the EIT Governing Board’s Steering Committee consists of EIT Governing Board members Péter Lakatos (Chairperson), Agnès Paillard and Ana Trbović, plus one Observer from the European Commission.

The Steering Committee identifies a list of potential candidates that will replace up to eight current EIT Governing Board members. The Steering Committee will guarantee the independence, legitimacy and credibility of the process. More information about the members of the Steering Committee is available here.

The EIT Governing Board’s decision on the appointment of the Steering Committee is available here.


Submit your CV (maximum three pages) and the application form (both completed in English) to by 23:59 CET on 21 October 2019. 


Download the Call for Expressions of Interest

Download the original GB decision

Download the application form: PDF


Application deadline: 23:59 CET, 21 October 2019