The Call of expression of interest for up to eight new members is open until 7 October 2019.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) consists of 12 European innovation leaders appointed by the European Commission for a four-year mandate. It provides the EIT’s strategic leadership and is independent in its decision-making. Specifically it is responsible for the selection, designation and evaluation of the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities.
About the Selection Procedure
The selection procedure for up to eight new members of the EIT Governing Board begins with this call for Expressions of Interest. Each member has a four-year, non-renewable mandate and Members are appointed in a personal capacity, acting independently and in the public interest.
Following the closure of the call on 7 October 2019, a Steering Committee will evaluate the submissions and interview the highest-scored candidates. The Steering Committee will then prepare a shortlist of candidates to be proposed as new members. The EIT Governing Board will assess and approve the shortlist and transmit it to the European Commission.
The new members of the Governing Board will be appointed through a Commission Decision, expected in 2020. In its appointments, the Commission gives regard to the balance between higher education, research, innovation and business experience as well as to gender and geographical balance.
More information is available in the EIT Governing Board’s decision on the selection procedure here.
The EIT is an up and running EU innovation engine that delivers solutions to pressing global challenges. The Institute makes innovation happen through a unique model that supports the development of dynamic, long-term European partnerships – EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities – where businesses, education and research cooperate.
The EIT’s logic is that innovation needs a pipeline of ideas, talent and the supporting ecosystem. With Europe’s largest innovation network of more than 50 EIT Innovation Hubs, gathering over 1 500 partners, the EIT gives innovators what they need to succeed. It offers a wide range of activities to help aspiring innovators turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth, including education programmes, start-up and acceleration support and innovation-driven research projects.
Since 2010, the EIT Community has brought over 900 new products and services to the market, trained thousands of entrepreneurs and has backed over 2 000 ventures that have attracted EUR 1.5 billion in external investment.
The European Commission has recently presented the EIT’s strategy for 2021 to 2027 that would further increase the EIT’s ambition, mandate and budget.