Innovation, R&D and EU funds

Breakfast Debate


In the morning of 1 July, EIF and Knowledge4Innovation (K4I) will jointly host a Breakfast Debate on ‘‘Innovation, R&D and EU funds’ in the European Parliament in Brussels. This debate will be an occasion to provide a better understanding of how the European Union can help innovative projects via EU funds and to share concrete examples.

The EU makes more than 100 billion euros of funding available and adopts a great number of legal acts every year. However, only a very small fraction of potential beneficiaries makes use of it, either because they think the EU has nothing to offer to their business, or they have difficulties finding funding opportunities.

Prominent speakers will contribute to the debate, to be chaired by Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP, and will exchange views with participants. Gerard de Graaf, Director, Digital Economy & Coordination at European Commission DG CNECT will present the Commission’s initiatives in this sector, including the Innovations radar and Innovation procurement. Dr Roland Strauss, Managing Director, Knowledge4Innovation and founder of the EU Funding Trends, news and events portal, will introduce and explain how it allows stakeholders to identify, discover and make the most of the available funding opportunities. Gábor Szabó, Dean of the University of Szeged, Hungary, will present the example of Extreme Laser Infrastructure (ELI), a European project with an investment volume exceeding 850 Million Euros, mostly stemming from the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF). Finally, Dr Monica Dietl, Director of the COST Association, will make a presentation of COST (the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe) contribution via innovative networks, in particular in the area of ICT.

This event is organised in collaboration with Knowledge4Innovation




Programme - 01/07/2015

Welcome and introduction:

Lambert van Nistelrooij, MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member


Gerard de Graaf, Director, Digital Economy & Coordination (Directorate F), DG CONNECT, European Commission

Roland Strauss, Managing Director of Knowlegde4Innovation

Gábor Szabó, Dean of the University of Szeged, Hungary

Dr Monica Dietl, Director, COST

Pierre Guisset, Senior consultant at ERCIM representing the PaaSage ( project

Exchange of views with participants
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