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EIP Water tools

The EIP Water will develop tools to support water related innovation. These tools will not necessarily be linked to the priorities of the EIP Water, but will be open to any actor dealing with water and innovation. Tools that will be developed from 2013 onwards are:

  • Annual EIP Water meeting

An annual EIP Water meeting, opened to a wide audience, will be organized to present the activities of the Action Groups and the progress in implementing the EIP Water tools and activities as well as a brokerage event between water innovation supply and demand.

  • Web Based Market Place

The objective of the web based market place is to create and establish a community on and a place for “matchmaking” in innovation topics in the field of water in Europe and worldwide, connecting problem owners and owners of solutions, regardless of their geographical position. The market place will offer several features, driven by the stakeholders' interests.

Other potential tools

Other potential tools, to be further developed by the Task Force or by designated Expert Groups include:

  • Booster teams to support innovation activities of SME's;
  • Trade missions to showcase EIP Water outcomes
  • Innovation Competitions and an Innovation label to foster visibility, market application and public awareness
  • Regional, national and/or international water innovation platforms to initiate dialogue and cooperation between relevant stakeholders
  • Finance related tools, including a water innovation fund to bring viable business cases to the market, incentives for public procurement, financial instruments for export opportunities and development of a technology risk guarantee mechanism
  • Tools to stimulate the development and dissemination of smart tools in line with the EU Open Data policy and Digital Agenda
  • Dissemination tools to present showcases to policy makers and end-users and create social acceptance for recovered resources