European Innovative Ecosystems Online Info Session


The European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) is pleased to invite you to the Online Info Session about the second 2024 European Innovation Ecosystems open calls, taking place on 11th June 2024, from 10:00 to 12:30 CEST.

The European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE) work programme aims to create and expand more connected, inclusive, and efficient innovation ecosystems that support the scaling of companies and spur innovation to address important challenges in a responsible way, as laid out in the New European Innovation Agenda.

In pursuit of innovation, we also recognise the importance of engaging all actors, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society, as well as interconnections across the national and regional levels.

This informative session will focus on the requirements of the two EIE topics which will accept applications as of 06 June, 2024, until 19 September 2024, 17:00:00 hrs:

1: HORIZON-EIE-2024-CONNECT-02-01: Expanding Academia-Enterprise Collaborations

Description: The action should foster the creation of innovation ecosystems with educational and research institutions, or strengthen their existing links. Proposals should outline activities for supporting educational and research institutions to take a greater entrepreneurial role, e.g. through boosting innovation and entrepreneurship within their activities. The action should also ensure that educational and research institutions’ assets and vision are articulated clearly and in line with respective regional specialisations (such as smart specialisation strategies), so they can easily be integrated into innovation ecosystems and economic value chains.

Budget: 2.5 million EUR

Target Groups: Research and innovation ( related actors such as vocational schools, higher education institutions, public authorities in the field of education and employment, innovation agencies, SMEs, deep tech companies, the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) start-ups and industry, research performing organisations, knowledge and technology transfer offices and associations, students and researchers.


2: HORIZON-EIE-2024-CONNECT-02-02: Mutual learning and support scheme for national and regional innovation programmes

Description: This action aims at improving dialogue and networking among public innovation authorities and agencies for the design and implementation of regional and national innovation funding programmes (in line with the requirements of the Plug-in certification for step 2 of the EIC Accelerator).

Budget: 1 million EUR

Target Groups: national or regional innovation agencies or similar organisations, national and regional authorities in charge of management of innovation programmes, EIC Plug-in contact points.

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Kind regards,
The Organising Team