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EIC pilot Advisory Board

EIC pilot Advisory Board

Until end May 2021, the role of the EIC Board is undertaken by the EIC pilot Advisory Board set up in 2019, whose members are listed here. A call for expressions of interest will be launched in April for membership of the EIC Board.

Ferguson Mark

Mark Ferguson

EIC pilot Advisory Board Chair, Entrepreneur, Science Foundation Ireland
Bury Jo

Jo Bury

Managing Director of Flanders Institute of Biotechnology
Dermot Diamond

Dermot Diamond

Principal Investigator: INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, Dublin City University
Hoerr Ingmar

Ingmar Hoerr

Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CureVac AG
Bindi Karia

Bindi Karia

European Innovation Expert + Advisor, Connector of People and Businesses
Langer Jerzy

Jerzy Langer

Physicist, Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Makarow  Marja

Marja  Makarow

Biochemistry/molecular biology, director of Biocenter Finland
Carlos Oliveira

Carlos Oliveira

Serial Entrepreneur, Innovator, Executive President of José Neves Foundation
Verganti Roberto

Roberto Verganti

Professor of Leadership and Innovation, Director, The Garden - Center for Design and Leadership, Stockholm School of Economics


The Board had its first meeting in September 2019. Since then, it has held 9 plenary meetings in total (with the final meeting held on 30 April 2021) as well as numerous meetings of the different working groups:

On 27 April 2020, the EIC pilot Advisory Board released a statement with its vision for a future role of the EIC under Horizon Europe, the EU’s next framework programme for research and innovation (2021 – 2027).

Building upon the vision statement, on 30 June 2020 the Board published its Vision and Roadmap for Impact that constituted a stepping-stone towards a fully-fledged EIC that will help European innovators lead the next wave of technological transformations.

The EIC Advisory Board has also produced several input papers feeding into the Vision and Roadmap for Impact and contributing to a range of discussions within the group:

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In addition, the Board and its various working groups have provided extensive advice for the implementation of the EIC, helping design the new features for the full EIC:

The Board has built collaborations with the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) and European Research Council (ERC).

Board members have acted as ambassadors of the EIC speaking at numerous events and played a prominent role in the launch event of the EIC on 18 March 2021, where the Board also published a statement to accompany the launch of the full EIC

More information about the group’s members and activities.

From 2016 to 2018, the former High-Level Group of Innovators advised the Commission on the EIC pilot (2018 – 2021), and provided guidance on the design of a fully-fledged EIC for the next European research and innovation framework programme.

Documents and statements

1 JUNE 2021
Statement on Gender & Diversity in EIC
(571.72 KB - PDF)
1 JUNE 2021
EIC Board Statement on technological sovereignty
(456.93 KB - PDF)
15 MARCH 2021
EIC Advisory Board statement at launch of the EIC
(388.4 KB - PDF)