European Innovation Partnerships - EIP

For several selected areas ("Grand Challenges") European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) have been defined.

European Innovation Partnerships are a new way of bringing together public and private actors at EU, national and regional level to tackle the big challenges we face such as climate change, energy and food security, health and an ageing population. These challenges also represent opportunities for new business and the Partnerships will aim to give the EU a first-mover advantage in these markets.

EIPs should not form a new instrument but integrate and better coordinate existing initiatives and instruments. Partnerships should bring together all relevant actors at different levels. Furthermore the whole Knowledge Triangle will be taken into account.

The Council, Parliament, Member States, industry and other stakeholders are invited to support the innovation partnership concept and to indicate the specific commitments they will undertake to make the concept work. The Commission invites all key stakeholders to commit themselves to pooling efforts and resources to achieve the partnership's intended objectives.
The Commission would welcome views and ideas on the areas being considered for future partnerships and other possible candidates that meet the success criteria.

As EIPs is a novel concept, it has first been tested through a pilot EIP. The first Partnership deals with active and healthy ageing and aims to add an average of two years of healthy life for everyone in Europe. 

EIP governance arrangements should balance the need for high level commitment and functional coordination, with strong decentralised operational responsibilities to ensure effective ownership by practitioners and other key stakeholders. Membership needs to reflect the integrated approach so that stakeholders dealing with different elements of the supply-demand continuum are adequately represented. Each EIP should be led by a representative Steering Board who will need to bring a major commitment to realise the aims of the EIP. The Steering Board will draw up a Strategic Implementation Plan for the EIP.

At EU level, the Commission will work closely with Council and Parliament, to secure strong political support both for the aims and direction of each partnership as well as to speed up the delivery of the necessary regulatory framework.

EIPs are a new approach to EU research and innovation. They are challenge-driven, focusing on societal benefits and a rapid modernisation of the associated sectors and markets. They act across the whole research and innovation chain, and they streamline, simplify and better coordinate existing instruments and initiatives and complement them with new actions where necessary. 

EIPs are launched only in areas, and consist only of activities, in which government intervention is clearly justified and where combining EU, national and regional efforts in R&D and demand-side measures will achieve the target quicker and more efficiently.

Information about the already existing EIPs is available from the links to our project database.

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