The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas presented his priorities ‘Open Science, Open Innovation and Open to the World’ in June 2015. Part of his thinking was to build a European Innovation Council (EIC) to support innovation in the EU. In February 2016 the European Commission launched a call for ideas for the EIC addressing how it should be designed to further Europe’s innovation capacity.
In response to this call for ideas EURASHE drafted a reply with the new UAS4EUROPE joint initiative, which consists of EURASHE, UASnet, swissuniversities, the Bavarian Research Alliance, and the Austrian FHK. UAS4EUROPE is convinced that it is in the interest of Europe as a whole to be as innovative as possible in order to bring continuous economic growth. The joint reply focuses on five different topics, which the actors see as key for enhancing European innovation in order to be the future top innovator of the world and which the future EIC should address:
- Good innovation governance;
- Adequate funding mechanisms;
- Overcoming regulatory barriers;
- Skills investment;
- Financing and budget.