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face these key societal challenges, and they
encompass two very exciting thematic areas.
We see many new opportunities for these KICs
to deliver their results and create innovation,
and for the EIT, as it really brings about a new
stage of our development. We now have five
KICs and new opportunities for co-operation
and impact.
Most importantly, the real beneficiaries are the
students, researchers and entrepreneurs who
will be offered so many opportunities from
these two new KICs as well as the EU, which
will benefit from an innovation boost.We cannot
wait to get started, and our focus will shift very
quickly now from the selection phase to the
start-up and getting them off the ground.
What drew the governing board to
choose these particular consortia?
Both consortia had excellent proposals in terms
of results and impact, and in the three key
areas for activities (the knowledge triangle),
namely business, research and innovation, and
education. They also presented high quality
partnerships, structures, financial plans and
their management teams to convince us that
their goals will be reached.
EIT Health has proposed very ambitious results
in terms of both new products and services and
also start-ups. They want to move very fast and
make a lot of difference. We were really
impressed by their education proposals as they
wish to have one million students taking part in
their online education programmes by 2018.
EIT Raw Materials is a very strong partnership
and again very balanced between the three
sides of the knowledge triangle. They are also
introducing a good mix of co-location centres,
including one of them in central Europe
(Wrocław, Poland). This gives the KIC a new
dimension, moving beyond the traditional areas
IN
December, the European Institute of Innovation and
Technology announced the winners of the 2014 Call
for Knowledge and Innovation Communities. Funded
as an integral part of Horizon 2020, the EIT designated InnoLife
and RawMatTERS as the winning bids to run the new EIT Health
and EIT Raw Materials KICs. The new KICs bring together more
than 150 partners from 20 EU member states.
Announcing the results, Martin Kern, interim director of the EIT, said: “The
outstanding factor behind the decision was the potential of the winners
to create innovations needed to address critical challenges for today’s
societies. EIT Health and EIT Raw Materials are excellent partnerships
that will generate impact in terms of growth and job creation, which are
at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy.”
Following the announcement, Portal spoke to Kern and discussed the
designation of the new KICs, the importance of developing international
partnerships, and the next stages in their development.
How excited are you with the designation of the
new KICs?
It is the pinnacle and the highlight of a year of work, so we are excited
that we successfully got there. We have two new KICs that we really
believe in and are really strong, focusing on healthy living and active
ageing and raw materials. They have enormous potential to effectively
Shaping the environment
In an interview with
Portal
, EIT interim director
Martin Kern
presented the two
Knowledge and Innovation Communities, EIT Health and EIT Raw Materials
Martin Kern
EIT Health will promote
entrepreneurship and
develop innovation in
healthy living and
active ageing
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