European CommissionEU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas is setting up a 12 member expert panel to come up with ideas for the new European Innovation Council (EIC) and help move the concept forward to an experimental phase.

Interested experts can apply via the EIC website at before October 28; the panel is due to start work before the end of 2016.

“EU support for innovation must be open to start ups and innovators with the potential to scale up, and reflect their needs. That is why I am setting up this high level group, and invite our leading innovators to put their names forward,” said Carlos Moedas, EU Research Commissioner.

The EIC aims at stimulating European innovative start-ups and SMEs to grow into world-beating businesses by providing support for innovators who are aiming to develop and deploy ground-breaking, disruptive innovations that can create new markets.The new Council is expected to trial next year, with a full-fledged version expected to be established in 2021 at the start of the next EU budget cycle.

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