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The European Commission has approved the proposed strategic innovation agenda proposal (SIA) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) for the 2014 to 2020 period, which must be ratified by the Council and Parliament. The aim of the SIA is improving significantly the impact of the EIT across Europe through the creation of  innovation hubs and the integration of the triangle of knowledge —higher education, research and innovation— with an entrepreneurial spirit. The EIT presented its SIA proposal to the EC last July.

In parallel, as Biocat indicated on this website on 2 December, the Commission has allocated the EIT a budget of  2,800 million Euros (3,200 million taking expected inflation into account), which will allow it to consolidate the three current Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) —Climate-KIC (mitigation and adaptation to climate change), EIT ICT Labs (information and communication society) and KIC InnoEnergy (sustainable energies)— and launch new KICs. This budget is part of the European Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, which will be discussed in the European Council and Parliament in 2013 so that the funding programmes can come into effect in 2014.

The SIA plans to create new KICs in two waves. The first, in 2014, will address topics such as innovation for a healthy life and active aging, food4future (sustainable food supply chain) and raw materials (sustainable mining, extraction, processing, recycling and substitute raw materials). The second wave of KICs will take place in 2018 and will focus on value added manufacturing (more competitive, sustainable and environmentally friendly development in manufacturing processes); smart, safe societies (addressing security breaches in Europe through the development and implementation of innovative ICT solutions) and urban mobility.

Biocat, with the support of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Spanish Government, promotes and coordinates the nomination of Catalonia to lead a future KIC in health/life sciences. This leadership is a key strategic project for the BioRegion, since it will position Barcelona at the centre of a European alliance of knowledge and entrepreneurship with clear opportunities to strengthen the international influence of the city and promote Catalan economy. In this respect, Biocat is implementing initiatives in the fields of training, technology transfer and valorisation of research, and is identifying projects that promote collaboration between public and private agents and potential partners to create alliances and ensure the success of the nomination for the future KIC.

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