Jean-David and his team are currently designing the European Innovation Council (EIC) for top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It currently brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at the cutting edge of innovation.
In 2011, Jean-David Malo created a new team in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission to increase private finance and close market gaps for investing in innovation. The team did this mainly by expanding the scope and scale of existing EU innovative financial instruments and by developing new ones in the fields of debt and equity financing, notably in the context of Horizon 2020, the EU funding programme for research and innovation. Jean-David and his team also covered the SME dimension of Horizon 2020. On February 2017, Jean-David was appointed Director of the Directorate in charge of “Open Innovation and Open Science”.