About us

Who we are

European Future Innovation System (EFIS) Centre is a not-for-profit (ASBL) research lab established in December 2014.

Our experts have vast experience in all aspects of research and innovation (R&I) policy and ecosystem governance. We challenge the status quo with new policy and practice insights, concepts, methodologies, and analysis. We are committed to helping public sector decision-makers design and implement the R&I systems of the future.

Our registered office is in the university town of Louvain-la-Neuve and our operational office is at the heart of the EU district in Brussels.

Our focus

We bring new perspectives and fresh ideas to boost the European Research Area (ERA) and extract the most value from European, regional and national innovation systems. Our experts also help decision-makers deal with the diverse cross-sectoral and societal challenges – climate change, energy security, and resource efficiency to ageing populations, industry transition, etc. – driving changes in the innovation ecosystem.

We provide evidence-based insights helping our clients cut through complex issues and support policy decision-making

We are proactive and always question the underlying assumptions in pursuit of new policy perspectives

We strive to connect our results to concrete impacts on people and places, and in tackling major societal challenges

We are committed to state-of-the-art thinking and methods to deliver new value during the process of upgrading R&I policy

International team

Multi-cultural, curiosity-driven and open-minded… this is EFIS in a nutshell. We are a decentralised and thus agile pan-European network of experts who bring together diverse yet complementary skills and interests.

EFIS Centre’s headquarters are located in the heart of Brussels, but our core team operates in a hybrid mode with people working out of our Brussels office and also remotely from France (Strasbourg), Italy (Catania), Latvia (Riga), Lithuania (Vilnius), Spain (Seville), Sweden (Stockholm), the Netherlands (Delft).

A number of specialised research associates with specific competences and skillsets complement our core team as needed.

This set-up allows our team to tap into topical developments, events and policy processes at European level, as well to bring in more national and regional perspectives. This means that EFIS Centre is able to tackle a wider range of policy challenges and provide actionable insights from a multi-layered perspective (national, regional, European, global).

Our team has strong professional links to various academic, business, innovation and civil society players, which enriches the pool of intelligence and insights that EFIS Centre is able to draw upon in our analytical work.

Become a member

We actively welcome new applications for membership from individual scholars and practitioners and like-minded organisations working on all aspects of innovation systems and related fields.