Open Call: The European Innovation Council is seeking leading innovators for the EIC Board
The call for applications for the selection of members of the EIC Board is open until 30 June. The Commission will select between 15 and 20 members to be appointed to the Board, which is expected to start its operations in September.
The EIC Board has a powerful role to guide the implementation of the EIC as Europe’s most ambitious innovation programme with a budget of €10 billion. In particular the Board will advise on the EIC strategy, work programme and thematic portfolios in order to maximise the impact of the EIC and may also advise on broader innovation policy matters. The new EIC Board will build on the experience during the EIC pilot phase which supported over 5700 startups and SMEs and close to 500 cutting edge research projects. During the phase, the activities were guided by a pilot EIC Advisory Board which provided a vision statement and number of impactful recommendations. The pilot EIC Advisory Board also contributed to the launch of the EIC in March 2021 and the preparation of the EIC 2021 Work Programme.
The Commission is now looking for passionate innovators - entrepreneurs, investors and venture capitalists, corporate leaders, researchers and academics with leading expertise in fields relating to future and emerging technologies, breakthrough and disruptive innovation, starting and scaling businesses, innovation ecosystem builders, and innovation experts. Members will act in a personal capacity and are appointed for a two-year term of office, renewable twice.
How can I apply?
The duly signed applications must be sent by Wednesday 30 June 2021, 17h00 CET at the latest (the horizontal rules provide for a minimum deadline of four weeks) to the following e-mail address: EISMEA-EIC-BOARD- APPLICATIONS@ec.europa.eu, the date of the e-mail will be the date of sending. Each application shall include the following documents:
- a cover letter explaining the applicant's motivation for answering this call and stating what contribution the applicant could make to the group.
- a classification form duly filled in specifying the member category for which the application is made.
For individuals applying to be appointed as members of the group in a personal capacity, a curriculum vitae (CV) shall also be provided, preferably not exceeding three pages. All CVs shall be submitted in the European format.
What’s the selection criteria?
- Vision, creativity and passion towards innovation and the capacity to achieve impact.
- Proven and relevant competence and experience, including at European and/or global level in areas relevant to breakthrough technologies and/or disruptive innovation.
- A leadership position of the applicant in her or his organisation.
- Recognition and/or achievements, for example in the form of prizes and awards obtained at national, European or global level.
- Strong communication and advocacy skills and good knowledge of the English language allowing for active participation in discussions and external events.
The Horizon Europe legislation also creates a new position of President of the EIC Board and a separate call will be published soon to recruit a leading figure from the world of innovation for this position. For any further information please visit this page or contact EISMEA-EIC-BOARD- APPLICATIONS@ec.europa.eu.