Are you a leading academic, innovator, entrepreneur or researcher looking for an opportunity to help Europe recover from the crisis through innovation?
Do you want to help Europe transition to a greener, healthier and more sustainable future? Then the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has an opportunity for you.
The EIT is selecting up to four new members for its Governing Board. The Call of Expression of Interest is now open: apply until 30 September 2020 and help drive Europe’s ability to innovate.
The EIT Governing Board consists of 12 European innovation leaders appointed by the European Commission for a four-year mandate. The Board provides the EIT’s strategic leadership and is independent in its decision-making. More specifically, the Board is responsible for the selection, designation and evaluation of the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities.
The EIT is the EU’s most experienced and largest innovation network that powers innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to deliver unique solutions to pressing global challenges. The Institute makes innovation happen through a distinctive model that supports the development of long-term European partnerships – EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities – where businesses, education and research closely cooperate.
The EIT’s logic is: innovation needs a pipeline of ideas, talent and a supporting ecosystem. With Europe’s most experienced and largest innovation network of more than 60 EIT Innovation Hubs, gathering over 2000 partners, the EIT gives innovators what they need to thrive. The Institute offers a wide range of activities to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into products, services and jobs, including entrepreneurial education programmes, start-up and acceleration support and innovation-driven research projects.
Since 2010, the EIT Community has brought over 900 new products and services to the market, trained thousands of entrepreneurs and has backed over 2 000 ventures that have attracted EUR 1.5 billion in external investment. Meet some of the EIT Community supported entrepreneurs:
The European Commission has presented the EIT’s strategy for 2021 to 2027 that will further increase the EIT’s ambition and mandate.
About the Selection Procedure
The selection procedure for up to four new members of the EIT Governing Board begins with this Call for Expressions of Interest. Each member has a four-year, non-renewable mandate and Members are appointed in a personal capacity, acting independently and in the public interest.
Following the closure of the Call on 30 September 2020, a Steering Committee will evaluate the submissions and interview the highest-scoring candidates. The Steering Committee will then prepare a shortlist of candidates to be proposed as new members. The EIT Governing Board will assess and approve the shortlist and foward it to the European Commission.
The new members of the Governing Board will be appointed through a Commission Decision, expected in 2021. In its appointments, the Commission gives regard to the balance between higher education, research, innovation and business experience as well as to gender and geographical balance.
More information is available in the EIT Governing Board’s decision on the selection procedure here.
About the Steering Committee
For this procedure, the EIT Governing Board’s Steering Committee consists of EIT Governing Board members Agnès Paillard, Romana Jordan and Nektarios Tavernarakis as well as an Observer from the European Commission.
The Steering Committee identifies a list of up to four potential candidates. The Steering Committee will guarantee the independence, legitimacy and credibility of the process. More information about the members of the Steering Committee is available here.
The EIT Governing Board’s decision on the appointment of the Steering Committee is available here.
Submit your CV (maximum three pages) and the application form (both completed in English) to EIT-APPLICATIONS-GB@eit.europa.eu by 23:59 CET on 30 September 2020.