The Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership Water has selected nine out of 64 proposals as Action Groups. These Action Groups will be actively supported by the EIP Water secretariat, the European Commission and Steering Group members to increase their impacts and drive concrete outcomes. According to DG environment “European Innovation Partnerships aim to speed up innovations that contribute to solving societal challenges, enhance Europe’s competitiveness and contribute to job creation and economic growth. EIPs help to pool expertise and resources by bringing together public and private actors at EU, national and regional level, combining supply- and demand-side measures.” From a governance perspective the EIP Water has a two-fold interest. First, two of the Action groups selected have governance as a core priority. This applies to the Action Group ‘CITY BLUEPRINTS: Improving Implementation Capacities of Cities and Regions’, and the Action Group ‘WaterCoRe: Regional governance of water scarcity and drought issues’. Secondly, the EIP and Action Groups themselves exemplify a new way of steering by the European Commission, which is aimed at networking, and creating conditions for social learning and innovation. For both reasons the Action Groups warrant our attention. Their first results will be presented at the EIP Water Conference on 21 November 2013.