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16 Feb 2016

Commission launches Call for Ideas for European Innovation Council

The European Commission has launched a Call for Ideas on setting up a European Innovation Council to support Europe's most promising innovators. The call seeks proposals from all interested parties, including innovators who do not usually participate in EU support schemes, on how a European Innovation Council could be designed to improve Europe's capacity to generate and scale up breakthrough innovations.

In recent years, innovation measures have been integrated into EU programmes and policies, in particular Horizon 2020. However, the array of support mechanisms can be difficult to navigate, lack the agility and responsiveness that disruptive innovation requires, and may not follow through sufficiently for innovations to reach global markets.

Commissioner Moedas stated at the Science|Business Annual Conference in Brussels: "Europe has excellent science, but we lack disruptive market-creating innovation. This is what is needed to turn our best ideas into innovative products and services that provide growth and jobs. I want to test the idea of creating a European Innovation Council, which could replicate for entrepreneurs what the European Research Council is doing for Europe's best researchers. Therefore I am launching a Call for Ideas so Europe's innovation community can tell us what they think an EIC could improve." The Commission’s proposal for a European Innovation Council is expected in the context of the mid-term review of the Horizon 2020.

The online Call for Ideas will remain open until 29 April 2016. The results will be published by June 2016 and feed into future initiatives that the Commission may take.

Link: EIC Call for ideas