European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) are a new approach to EU research and innovation.
EIPs are challenge-driven, focusing on societal benefits and a rapid modernisation of the associated sectors and markets.
EIPs act across the whole research and innovation chain, bringing together all relevant actors at EU, national and regional levels in order to: (i) step up research and development efforts; (ii) coordinate investments in demonstration and pilots; (iii) anticipate and fast-track any necessary regulation and standards; and (iv) mobilise ‘demand’ in particular through better coordinated public procurement to ensure that any breakthroughs are quickly brought to market. Rather than taking the above steps independently, as is currently the case, the aim of the EIPs is to design and implement them in parallel to cut lead times.
EIPs streamline, simplify and better coordinate existing instruments and initiatives and complement them with new actions where necessary. This should make it easier for partners to co-operate and achieve better and faster results compared to what exists already. Therefore, they build upon relevant existing tools and actions and, where this makes sense, they integrate them into a single coherent policy framework. Flexibility is important; there is not a 'one-size-fits-all' framework.
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.
An independent expert group was set up in 2013 by the European Commission to assess progress and evaluate the overall performance of the European Innovation Partnerships. The Group was tasked to deliver an objective and reasoned assessment of the EIP concept and approach. It was asked to provide a global assessment of the actions that have taken place within each EIP and the emerging outcomes. Its mandate has been to both analyse the working methods of the current EIPs, review provisional and actual results and lessons learnt, assess any measures to improve the functioning of the current EIPs, and identify criteria for future EIPs. The review was not meant to redefine objectives or priorities of the individual current EIPs. To carry out the review, a group was created under the chairmanship of Esko Aho, bringing together a diversity of backgrounds and approaches though the following group members: Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Walter Mönig, Petra Wilson, Cristina Garmendia, Marco Steinberg and Paweł Świeboda.
This report, "Outriders for European competitiveness" ( 1.1 MB) presents the results of the review carried out by the group.