14 Jun 2021
EIT launches its Strategic Innovation Agenda for 2021-2027
On 14 June 2021, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) officially launched its Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) for 2021-2027. With an enhanced mandate for the coming years and a budget of almost EUR 3 billion under Horizon Europe, the EIT aims to contribute to Europe’s recovery and green and digital transition.
The EIT’s new strategy was kicked off with a hybrid launch event online and live from the International Iberian Institute of Nanotechnology in Braga, Portugal and organised under the auspices of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council.
Following the introductory policy session, four thematic sessions were held, each focusing on the key areas of the EIT’s new strategy: strengthening the EIT Community’s impact, increasing the entrepreneurial and innovation capacity of higher education institutions, strengthening the EIT’sregional development efforts, through the Regional Innovation Scheme, and setting up two innovation communities dedicated to the cultural and creative sectors and industries (2022), and to water, marine and maritime sectors and ecosystems (2026).
In line with the EIT’s new strategy for 2021 to 2027, a Call for a new EIT Culture and Creativity Knowledge and Innovation Community will be launched in November 2021. In addition, the EIT has launched the HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education − a new initiative to unlock the full innovation potential of higher education institutions, and finally, a strengthened focus is being renewed to the EIT’s Regional Innovation Scheme with the aim to increase innovation and EIT impact in more regions across Europe.