Increasing innovation capacity in Europe

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) established the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) to increase the innovation capacity in areas of Europe not directly benefitting from the activities of EIT Health and other EIT Knowledge and Information Communities (KICs).

EIT Health’s RIS is designed to close the gap between regions that are leaders in healthcare innovation and areas that have more moderate innovation. The goal is to help citizens in less developed European countries enjoy the benefits of innovation – and have access to new products and services supporting active aging and healthy living.

Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS)


In 2019, EIT Health RIS activities will focus on two main areas of action:

  • the involvement of RIS stakeholders in EIT Health programmes
  • the development of local innovation ecosystems in RIS regions, through the dissemination of the knowledge triangle integration model

Overview of EIT Health Hubs:

As part of the EIT Health RIS, EIT Health has already established 14 EIT Health Hubs in 13 countries across Europe.

The Hubs and their websites are as follows:

Target Group

RIS provides an opportunity for all important stakeholders of 13 RIS regions to be engaged with the EIT Health network and activities.

Specific target groups include:

  • students
  • PhDs
  • innovators
  • entrepreneurs
  • professionals
  • executives
  • start-ups
  • SMEs
  • companies
  • municipalities
  • citizens
  • patients
  • healthcare providers