The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) is designed for EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries in Europe who are modest and moderate innovators (according to the European Innovation Scoreboard), and where Innovation Communities have few or no partners. Strategically, the scheme is an additional offer to these countries to facilitate their engagement with the EIT Innovation Communities.
Countries eligible to take part in the EIT RIS are:
- EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.
- H2020 Associated Countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.
What are the EIT RIS objectives?
Widen participation in the EIT Innovation Communities’ activities by engaging players from countries that have lower participation. Sharing good practice, experience and know-how emerging from the EIT Communities’ activities with local innovation ecosystems. Offer tailor-made services to address identified innovation gaps. Ultimately, the EIT will contribute to boosting innovation in EIT RIS countries by strengthening linkages among key innovation actors.
How is the EIT RIS implemented?
EIT Innovation Communities engage local organisations to serve as EIT Hubs in EIT RIS countries and regions. Local organisations are selected through an open competitive selection process, and are designated to function as an EIT Hub for a specific Innovation Community. The primary role of the EIT Hub is to ensure the visibility of the EIT Community and raise awareness of activities and cooperation opportunities for local players representing education, business and research areas. EIT Hubs also liaise with the relevant national, regional and local authorities and facilitate the sharing of EIT Innovation Community expertise with them. To date there are more than 60 EIT Hubs in 18 EIT RIS countries representing EIT Innovation Communities.
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