European Union External Action

Invitation to a European Innovation Council (EIC) Roadshow in Oslo 5 June

21/05/2019 - 11:01



On the 5th of June, The European Commission and The European Union Delegation to Norway, in cooperation with Innovation Norway, The Research Council of Norway, The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Education and Research, are organizing an information event to present the Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC). Representatives of the European Commission will present the objectives of the EIC and practical information related to the submission and evaluation of proposals.

New funding opportunities for 2019 and 2020 under the Enhanced EIC Pilot include the following schemes:

  • EIC Pathfinder Pilot - comprises FET-Open and FET-Proactive and offers grants of up to €4 million to promote collaborative, inter-disciplinary research and innovation on science-inspired and radically new future technologies.
  • EIC Accelerator Pilot - builds on the SME Instrument Phase II and provides grant-only support (up to €2,5 million) as well as support in the form of blended finance (combining grant (up to €2,5 million) with an equity investment of up to €15 million). It supports high-risk, high-potential SMEs with potential to develop and commercialise new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth and shape new markets in Europe and worldwide.

When: 5 June, 10:00-16:00 (Registration from 09:30)
Where: Sentralen, Øvre Slottsgate 3, Oslo.
Target audience: Business and industry, SMEs, Venture capitalists, researchers, public authorities.

The event is free of charge and will be held in English.


10:00 -10:10 Welcome and introduction
Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Trade and Industry

10:10 - 10:40 Introduction to policy rationale for an EIC
Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General, European Commission DG RTD

10:40 - 11:20 Panel discussion on the EIC

  • Håkon Haugli, CEO, Innovation Norway
  • John Arne Røttingen, CEO, the Research Council of Norway
  • Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General, European Commission DG RTD
  • Rikke Eckhoff Høvding, CEO, The Norwegian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (NVCA)
  • A company’s experience with EIC
  • Kristian Berg, Professor, Oslo University Hospital

11:20 - 11:40 Q&A

11:40 - 12:25 Lunch break

12:25 - 13:25 How to receive funding: Presentation of the new funding and practical elements Stéphane Ouaki, Head of Unit, European Commission DG RTD
Katarzyna Jakimowicz, Senior Programme Advisor, European Commission DG RTD

13:25 -13:55 Q&A

14:00 - 15:30 Networking event