CESAER publishes joint statement on EIC
The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) has published a joint statement by over 50 European universities of science and technology united within CESAER, EuroTech Universities Alliance, IDEA League, CLUSTER and Nordic Five Tech (N5T), on their position on the European Innovation Council (EIC). The joint statement was made in response to the European Commission's Call for Ideas on the EIC, which closes on 29 April 2016.
The key messages included in the joint statement can be summarised as follows: the EIC should strengthen the role of universities with regard to disruptive innovation, by adopting novel approaches and funding bottom-up science-driven innovation projects; the EIC can learn from the European Research Council (ERC), particularly with regard to lean and quick procedures and decision-making; the EIC should be an independent entity with a primarily executive function within the EC, governed by a high-level council is recommended; the EIC should bridge between the ERC and venture capital and the European Investment Bank (EIB); the EIC should offer a portfolio of instruments to support innovation eco-systems, a Proof of Concept (PoC) scheme and funding to develop scalability options and high risk and high gain science-driven business ideas for product and services innovation; the EIC should set clear criteria for evaluating excellent innovation, and carefully monitor the outcome of funded projects; the different roles of the EIC and existing European innovation initiatives (EUREKA, EIT, EIF, EFSI and ERC PoC) need to be further clarified; the EIC should aim to become a "seal of excellence" and leverage more private and public funds for innovation, but should not be funded from the Horizon 2020 budget.
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