Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

The EIT contributes to the competiveness of Europe, its sustainable economic growth and job creation by promoting and strengthening synergies and cooperation among businesses, education institutions and research organisations.

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)  is an independent EU body set up in 2008 to enhance Europe’s ability to innovate by nurturing entrepreneurial talent and supporting new ideas. Together with its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), the EIT creates favourable environments for creative thoughts to enable world-class innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in Europe. 

Innovation through integration

To boost Europe’s innovation capacity, action is needed to overcome the fragmented European innovation landscape; and this is where the EIT comes in. We have a pioneering role in increasing European sustainable growth and competitiveness by reinforcing the innovation capacity of the EU in a dynamic global context.

The EIT brings together the ‘knowledge triangle’ of business, education and research to form dynamic cross-border partnerships; Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). The KICs:

  • develop innovative products and services,
  • start new companies, and
  • train a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Working closely together in the KICs, leading companies, universities and research centres, create more effective and innovative solutions for Europe.

The EIT’s first three KICs were launched in 2010:

Two new KICs were designated in December 2014 and they will be setting up their activities across Europe in 2015: 

  • EIT Health: improving quality of life for European citizens and sustainability of health and social care systems.
  • EIT Raw Materials: ensuring the accessibility, availability and sustainable use of raw materials for the economy and citizens. 

Each of the KICs operates in innovations hubs called ‘Co-location Centres’. The EIT’s KICs have Co-location Centres spread across the EU and work with regional centres to increase the impact of their activities.

We are growing! 

By 2020, we will set up three new KICs: 

  • 2016:

EIT Food: ensuring a climate-resilient and sustainable global food value chain.
EIT Manufacturing: strengthening and increasing the competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing industry. 
All information relating to the EIT’s 2016 Call for KICs Proposals can be found here

  • 2018:

EIT Urban Mobility: providing sustainable solutions for urban mobility.

The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) is a structured outreach programme to help more organisations from across Europe benefit from the EIT’s work and participate in its activities. The aim of EIT RIS is to increase the innovation capacity in areas and regions in Europe not working with the EIT and its KICs. The EIT RIS draws companies, universities, research labs and stakeholder organisations from outside the KIC partnership, into the world of innovation.