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EIC Programme Managers

Through EIC Programme Managers, the EIC is adopting innovative ways to manage funding.

About EIC Programme Managers

EIC Programme Managers are key figures in this new management approach.


  • have the task of nurturing Pathfinder portfolios by developing together with stakeholders a common vision and a common strategic approach that leads to a critical mass of effort.
  • come from multiple spheres, including companies, universities, national laboratories and research centers.
  • bring deep expertise from personal experience and years in the field.
  • are recognised leaders, either having managed multidisciplinary research teams or directing large institutional programs. 

The EIC Programme Managers are expected to foster an active management culture, combining a sound technological knowledge with a hands-on approach involving development at portfolio and projects levels of vision-based budgets, timelines and milestones EIC projects must meet to receive continued funding.

EIC Programme Managers are responsible for developing visions for technological and innovation breakthroughs, the active management of portfolios of EIC supported projects to support these visions, and bringing together stakeholders to put these visions into reality.

Programme Managers are appointed full-time for a period of up to four years within the EIC and must have deep expertise in their field, experience managing multidisciplinary teams and programmes, and strong abilities to communicate and influence. Programme Managers come from varied backgrounds, including companies, universities, national laboratories, nonprofit and federally funded research centers.


Programme Managers

Carina Faber

Renewable energy conversion and alternative resource exploitation

Franc Mouwen

Architecture engineering construction technologies​​

Expert Group on Strengthening the management of the enhanced European Innovation Council pilot

The Commission created an Expert Group to provide advice and assistance on the development of pro-active programme management in the EIC pilot phase (2018-2020). Read more about the expert group.

To support breakthrough innovations, the EIC must itself be an organisational breakthrough in Europe.

Mission: Programme creation, Active Portfolio Management and Transition Activities

The goal of the European Innovation Council (EIC), enshrined in the Horizon Europe 2021–2027 programme, is to position Europe firmly at the forefront of the next wave of breakthrough innovation. (…)To achieve its goal, we believe that the EIC should become a hands-on innovation agency. In our view, to create the EIC way in the European landscape for supporting breakthrough innovation, the main components are centered on the creation of challenge- and thematic-driven programmes, active portfolio management of funded projects, transition activities that bring new solutions to the market and EIC PMs who bind all of this together into complementary practices.

Find out more on their recommendations in the Report: Implementing the pro-active management of the EIC Pathfinder for breakthrough technologies & innovations - Lessons from the ARPA model & other international practices