The European Commission attaches great importance to generating high impact from public investments in support of innovation at EU level. In the words of Commissioner Moedas, "Europe does not yet have a world class scheme to support the very best innovations in the way the European Research Council is the global reference for supporting excellent science. So I would like us to take stock of the various schemes to support innovation and SMEs under Horizon 2020, to look at best practice internationally, and to design a new European Innovation Council."
In order to ensure the Commission can benefit from high level advice from active innovators in taking forward this ambitious political initiative, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) intends to establish a High Level Group of Innovators. This Group is expected to play a crucial role in providing a user perspective on EU innovation support and advise the Commission on potential reforms.
Read more in the attached announcement.
David Spichiger, SCS