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University group calls for reform of EU innovation agency

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Cesaer wants European Institute of Innovation and Technology to remove “barriers” to university participation

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology should be “revitalised”, including by refocusing it on its core mission, the Cesaer group of European universities of science and technology has urged.

In a position paper it published on 24 June, Cesaer said that the EIT has a “commendable” aim to strengthen innovation ecosystems and foster entrepreneurial skills, but complained that “in recent years the administrative burden and overregulation have grown, along with increased co-funding and backflow requirements, which detract from the EIT’s primary focus”.

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