European Innovation Partnerships

European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) are a new approach to EU research and innovation focusing on societal benefits and a rapid modernisation of the associated sectors and markets.

EIPs streamline, simplify and better coordinate existing instruments and initiatives and complement them with new actions where necessary.

They act across the whole research and innovation chain, bringing together all relevant actors at EU, national and regional levels, making it easier for partners to co-operate and achieve better results.

The EPA is represented on the recently established task forces for the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water and on Raw Materials.

EIP Water

The EIP Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges and supports the creation of market opportunities for these innovations, both inside and outside of Europe.

It aims to remove barriers by advancing and leveraging existing solutions. Its implementation has started in May 2013 with the main objective to initiate and promote collaborative processes for change and innovation in the water sector across the public and private sector, non-governmental organisations and the general public. 

EIP Raw Materials

The EIP on Raw Materials has a number of objectives:

  • to reduce the EU’s dependency on imports of raw materials;
  • to promote production and exports both by improving supply conditions from within and outside the EU;
  • by providing resource efficiency and alternatives in supply; and
  • to bring Europe to the forefront in the raw materials sector, whilst also mitigating the sector’s negative environmental, social and health impacts.