30 Jun 2022
Study assesses performance of EIC Pilot 2018-2020
The European Commission has published an evaluation study on the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot. The EIC Pilot was launched in 2018 to support breakthrough innovation and scaling up of European deep-tech start-ups in view of setting up a fully-fledged EIC for the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. The study was carried out by independent experts. It looks at how the programme was delivered, early results achieved and identifies barriers and drivers to deliver on the EIC pilot objectives, providing lessons learnt to improve the fully-fledged EIC in Horizon Europe.
Overall, the evaluation found that the Pilot was instrumental in preparing stakeholders for the transition to a fully-fledged EIC under Horizon Europe and laying the foundations of a programme based on continuous learning and adaptability. The transition from the SMEI and FET to a radically new instrument was challenging and well managed, although some of the programme’s novelties could not be fully developed and tested in the pilot phase.
The study can be downloaded here: