2014 Call for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) proposals

Facsimile news by the EIT - The European Institute of Innovation & Technology

Following the adoption of the Strategic Innovation Agenda(SIA) and the EIT’s amended Regulation by the European Parliament and Council, the Selection Criteria for the 2014 Call for KICs have been published.  
As established in the EIT’s Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) and Horizon 2020, the first two new KICs, to be established in 2014, will address the thematic fields of:
  1. Innovation for healthy living and active ageing; and
  2. Raw materials: sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution.

Demystifying Innovation: Take Down the Barriers to New Growth (PWC report)

Innovation – in the form of developing new products and services – has become as important to growth for CEOs as raising their share of existing markets. A survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers of 1200 CEOs from around the world found that innovation, along with increasing their existing business, now outstrips all other means of potential expansion, including moving into new markets, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures and other alliances.