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recycling and substitution’ were announced in

December 2014, and rapid progress has

already been made in establishing the first

core attributes.

EIT Health and EIT Raw Materials will be joined

by two further KICs in 2016, under the banners

of ‘Food4Future – sustainable supply chain

from resources to consumers’ and ‘Added

value manufacturing’; the calls for consortia to

run the new KICs are set to take place later this

year. In 2018, a further KIC is expected to be

launched in the area of ‘Urban mobility’.

In addition to the KICs, another core instrument

of the EIT is the Regional Innovation Scheme

(RIS). According to the organisation, ‘The EIT

RIS is a structured outreach scheme to support

the integration of the knowledge triangle and

increase the innovation capacity in areas and

regions in Europe not directly benefitting from

the EIT and its KICs. It is based on a two-way

engagement between KICs and selected

partnerships from the wider European

innovation community.’

T

he European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is

the EU’s independent innovation venture. Established in

2008 with the goals of bringing more new products and

services from lab to market, spurring entrepreneurship across

Europe, encouraging sustainable economic growth and

competitiveness, and strengthening the innovation capacity of EU

member states, the organisation realises these ambitions through

the knowledge triangle of higher education, research and business.

Through this concept, the EIT has created three Knowledge and

Innovation Communities (KIC) in the sectors of future ICT, climate

mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable energy, to meet today’s

societal challenges.

Horizon 2020

The EIT draws its funding from the EU’s research and framework

programme, forming an integral part of Horizon 2020. Over seven years,

the independent body of the EU has been allocated funding worth just

over €2.7bn, and the organisation also ‘strongly contributes’ to meeting

the aims of Horizon 2020, in particular the Societal Challenges.

During the course of the R&I programme, the EIT is launching five new

KICs to help address these grand challenges. The winners of the first

two KICs in the areas of ‘Innovation for healthy living and active ageing’

and ‘Raw materials – sustainable exploration, extraction, processing,

Route innovation

EIT Governing Board chairman

Peter Olesen

spoke to

Portal

at INNOVEIT

2015 in Budapest, Hungary, on how the organisation will create new KICs in

2016, despite expected cuts from the Junker Investment Plan

I S S U E S E V E N

H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L

www.horizon2020projects.com

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