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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 responsible for developing visions for technological and innovation breakthroughs, the active management of portfolios of EIC funded projects to support these visions, and bringing together stakeholders to put these visions into reality. This means the Programme Managers (PMs) have two overarching priorities:

– Identify potential challenges for emerging technologies and disruptive innovations stakeholder / expert engagement and strategic intelligence. The latter includes trends on research, technology and investments as well as analysis of existing portfolios.

Once challenges are endorsed, the PMs creates awareness among potential applicants through workshop, Info Days, publications and engagement with national contact points. For Pathfinder Challenge calls, PMs play a key role to select together with external evaluators the best set of projects to form a portfolio with common elements for them to collaborate. PMs also participate as active observers in relevant juries for Transition and Accelerator calls selection, to provide specific technical knowledge.

– Pro-active management of selected portfolios and projects. For Pathfinder challenges, the PM develops with the portfolio projects a common roadmap with activities that benefit all, such as data sharing, market analysis and contacts with investors  For Accelerator and Transition calls, and Pathfinder open, PMs may draw relevant projects into portfolio discussions, as well as broker opportunities to accelerate pathways to market, for instance through access to Business Advisory Services, investors and partners as well as additional funding through “booster” grants.

As such, Programme Managers are key figures in this new management approach proposed by the EIC. They 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 strong abilities to communicate and influence. Programme Managers come from varied backgrounds, including companies, universities, national laboratories, non-profit and federally funded research centres.

Programme Managers


Renewable energy conversion and alternative resource exploitation


EIC Programme Manager for architecture engineering construction technologies​​