The European Intergovernmental Research Organisations (EIROs), members of EIROforum, provide world-class research infrastructures and facilities to users from various scientific communities. In order to stay at the forefront of their research fields, the EIROs continuously develop and implement novel cutting-edge technologies, many of which have industrial, healthcare and other applications linked to grand societal challenges. The EIROs and other European research infrastructures are often part of the innovation chain and can be a critical enabler of innovation processes. They contribute to the competitiveness of Europe in the R&D&I domain, act as catalysers of innovation activities, and train future scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.
With this short paper the EIROs outline their views regarding the creation of a new European Innovation Council (EIC) and propose some ideas and basic principles for its implementation.
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