As the European Commission prepares to launch its proposal for “Horizon Europe”, the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, EUA proposes a broad and comprehensive design of the European Innovation Council to benefit society.
From EUA’s perspective, the EIC’s main mission in Horizon Europe should be the enhancement of Europe’s societal welfare and competitiveness through research-based knowledge. This will help create jobs with high added-value through driving innovation in its broadest sense. It should be open to beneficiaries from all sectors and should consider the strong relation between investment in innovation deriving from research, investment in the development of highly-skilled human talent and the resulting economic and social innovation. Education and training should be an integral part of European innovation policies.
In this paper, the Association outlines four key elements that will be necessary in securing the success of the EIC, namely its role in 1) reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; 2) educating and training the next generation of entrepreneurs and highly-skilled citizens; 3) increasing the number of start-ups and spin-offs at universities; 4) exploring innovative and responsible monitoring mechanisms.