Commission invites top innovators to help shape a new European Innovation Council

Date: 29/09/2016

The European Commission is inviting Europe's top innovators to join a High Level Group that will advise on the design of a potential European Innovation Council (EIC).

The EIC will support innovative start ups and SMEs to grow into world-beating businesses, by focusing on rapid scale-up. The idea for this new body was presented in June 2015. 

The establishment of the High Level Group is another step towards a potential European Innovation Council. A number of pilot actions could be launched in 2017 under Horizon 2020, the current EU funding programme for research and innovation, which runs until 2020. A full-fledged EIC could be rolled out in a successor programme to Horizon 2020.


The call for applications announcement can be found on the  Horizon 2020 Participant Portal. The deadline for applications is 27 October 2016. The High Level Group will have up to 12 members who would start work by the end of 2016.

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European Innovation Council - website

EIC: overview of responses to the call of ideas (PDF)

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