A Vision and Roadmap for Impact

Connecting Deep-Tech Research with Market Opportunities

On 30th June 2020, the European Innovation Council (EIC) Advisory Board, made up of world-leading researchers, investors, entrepreneurs and innovation experts, published its Vision and Roadmap for impact for the EIC, underlining the need to encourage visionary and game-changing innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.


Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said:

“The European Innovation Council will play a key role in the economic recovery, and this is why the Commission’s recovery package proposed to increase its budget beyond €10 billion as part of Horizon Europe. The advisory board members have set out a practical roadmap to maximise the impact of the European Innovation Council to catapult Europe’s game-changing startups, SMEs and researchers onto a global stage.”


Following the EIC Advisory Board‘ s recommendations “A key success factor for the EIC will be its capacity to pick up early signals of high potential scientific developments through Pathfinder Future Tech bottom-up (Open) and Top-Down (thematic) deep-tech research schemes. The EIC should organise its work in two strands: opening up to radical ideas that could lead to future gamechanging technological breakthroughs; and building portfolios of projects clustering around similar themes that can be curated and actively managed by EIC Programme Managers. The portfolio should allow a variety of technological options to be tested and compared through both collaborative and competitive approaches”.


Relevant inputs came on Key Performance Indicators, EIC’s programme structure, the role of Programme Managers and much more for a fully-fledged EIC in Horizon Europe (2021 – 2027).


Find the EIC Advisory Board Vision and Roadmap at the link.