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24 Sep 2020

EIC and EIT sign commitment for cooperation

On 24 September 2020, a Letter of Intent was signed setting out a common objective between the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s first Knowledge and Innovation Communities - KICs (EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital and EIT InnoEnergy) (EIT). The Letter of Intent foresees ‘systematic and structural cooperation’, both operationally and financially, between the EIC and the first three EIT KICs, ensuring innovators in the critical climate, energy and digital areas receive maximum support from both programmes to accelerate the development and scaling up of breakthrough innovations and innovative solutions to European and global problems. 

This Letter of Intent comes in advance of the launch of the fully-fledged EIC and the EIT under Horizon Europe, and builds on the pilot actions to test out new collaboration mechanisms which will be launched later this year. The EIC and EIT are part of a wider ecosystem that the EU is putting in place to give Europe's many entrepreneurs every opportunity to become world leading companies. Other complementary initiatives include the Industry strategy, SME strategy, Digital Europe strategy, and the forthcoming European Research Area.

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