The European Innovation Partnerships were a new approach to EU research and innovation as they each tackle a specific societal challenge that is shared across the EU, and where there is a large new market potential for EU businesses. The concept of the EIPs was introduced on the basis of a new way to address weaknesses, bottlenecks and obstacles in the European research and innovation system that prevent or slow down good ideas being developed and brought to market. EIPs aim to identify what needs to be done to overcome bottlenecks – from further developing technologies to getting the market frameworks right and stimulating demand – and galvanise action across public and private sectors.
The vision of the European Innovation Partnership on Water is: “To stimulate creative and innovative solutions that contribute significantly to tackling water challenges at the European and global level, while these solutions are stimulating sustainable economic growth and job creation”. In other worlds, the EIP aspires to speed up the water innovation and stimulate the uptake of water innovations by market and society.
The EIP Water is led by a Steering Group, consisting of 27 high-level representatives of relevant stakeholder groups and spanning both the demand and supply sides of innovation. The Steering Group is supported by a Task Force, composed of 45 stakeholder representatives.
For further information please visit the EIP on Water website