The KICs will promote the production, dissemination and exploitation of new knowledge products and best practices in the innovation sector, transforming the results of higher education and research activities into commercially exploitable innovation. The obligatory inclusion of the business and higher education dimensions will ensure a constant focus on delivering and disseminating usable outcomes.
In return, participating research and education organisations will benefit from the prestige and visibility of the EIT, increasing their capacity to attract the best possible talents ("brain-gain").
KICs will be highly integrated partnerships, building on existing partnerships between partners or centres. The proposals may be trans- or interdisciplinary and may incorporate programs or projects already in place through Europe. These will be selected by the Governing Board based on competitive, transparent and excellence-driven criteria for periods of seven to fifteen years, in order to ensure mid- to long-term sustainability of the chosen partnerships. This time-frame may be adapted according to their development needs.
They shall have substantial overall autonomy to define their internal organisation and composition, as well as their precise agenda and working methods. In particular, KICs shall aim to be open to new members from Europe - and beyond - whenever these members add value to the partnerships. However, the minimum condition to form a KIC is the participation of at least three partner organisations, established in at least two different European Member States.
- Dr Martin Schuurmans
Chairman of the EIT Governing Board
Presentation on "Sustainable Growth and Competitiveness"
- Prof Michael Kelly
Prince Philip Professor of Technology, Univeristy of Cambridge
Presentation on "Education and Innovation"
- Prof Jan-Eric Sundgren
Senior Vice-President, Volvo
Presentation on "Inudstry - University with relevance to innovation"
- Dr Alexander Von Gabain
Member of EIT Governing Board and Co-Founder of Intercell AG
Presentation on "Entrepreneurship in Innovation"
Resumés of Keynote Speaker and Rapporteurs