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News article9 September 20211 min read

Become an EIC Programme Manager: a look into the role with current Programme Manager Antonio Marco Pantaleo

EIC Programme Manager Antonio Marco Pantaleo


To help provide more insight on the daily tasks of an EIC Programme Manager (PM), we spoke with the EIC PM for energy systems and green technologies, Antonio Marco Pantaleo.

Antonio has twenty years of experience in multidisciplinary research projects in renewable and clean energy technologies (solar, wind, biomass, and hybrid), energy systems integration, biosystems engineering, energy use in agricultural engineering and food processing.

He has served as an EIC Programme Manager since October 2020.

He is one of four current EIC PMs. Find out what his main duties are, what he looks for in an ideal candidate and what parts of the job he finds most fascinating.


1 – Can you please describe in a few words the role and tasks of an EIC Programme Manager?

Antonio Marco Pantaleo: EIC Programme Managers develop scientific intelligence for visionary technological and innovation breakthroughs. They proactively manage the portfolios of EIC-supported projects by bringing together stakeholders and different communities around such a vision, ultimately turning their scientific results into new technologies for the market.


2 – In your view, what is the ideal profile of an EIC Programme Manager?

AMP: The ideal profile is a combination of a strong scientific/technologic background in a broad deep tech research field, to capture the potential of disruptive research, combined with a mind-set and drive to transfer such research into high-impact innovation and business opportunities.


3 – What is the most challenging/interesting part of your job as EIC Programme Manager?

AMP: Engaging with Europe’s most visionary and breakthrough researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs, and getting a broader vision of the innovation ecosystem. Also building connections and collaboration opportunities among multidisciplinary, cross-sectorial and complementary projects.


Could you be the next EIC Programme Manager? Apply now.


Deadline is 30 September


Publication date
9 September 2021