Report: “implementing the pro-active management of the EIC pathfinder for breakthrough technologies & innovations”

A challenge-driven approach, high impact projects, and visionary Programme Managers are vital if the wealth of research results on emerging technologies produced in Europe are to have impact, according to a high-level expert report published today. The report’s recommendations will feed into the implementation of the EIC, due to be launched in early 2021 under the Horizon Europe programme.

The experts drew on a broad range of international experience, including from the US DARPA and ARPA-E agencies. The report focuses its recommendation in three overall areas with the objective of achieving maximum impact of EU funding through the EIC:

  • Programme Creation: The creation of high impact challenge-driven funding, focused on developing solutions to discrete challenges via emerging technological opportunities
  • Active Portfolio Management: The use of active portfolio management by EIC Programme managers to mitigate risks and increase impacts across a portfolio of projects.
  • Transition Activities: The hands-on support by EIC Programme Managers and dedicated funding to catalyse transitions from lab to market and engage Europe’s innovation ecosystems

Full Report available here