Business Development and Fund Raising Support

Business Development and Fundraising
6 months
20 Jul 2018
Head, Strategic Funding
As soon as possible

Business Background

EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is the EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation. Our community consists of over 300 leading partners from business, academia, the public sector and NGOs. Our purpose is to help create a prosperous, inclusive, climate resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy.

We focus on levers of systemic change, looking for where innovation is most needed to accelerate deep decarbonisation (elimination of fossil fuels and negative carbon) and effective adaptation. EIT Climate-KIC is predominantly grant-funded by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology, a body of the European Union and acts as a platform to work across boundaries and across sectors, fostering innovation as a catalyst for transformation. We:

  • provide funding,
  • facilitate the creation of innovation consortia,
  • work together with our partners to take a portfolio approach to innovation options,
  • challenge and seek to enrich business model design,
  • offer tailored support for experimentation, implementation and scaling, and
  • incubate very early stage ideation and pre-seed innovation.

To make ourselves accessible to key actors and ‘challenge owners’, we work along four priority themes: urban transitions, sustainable land use, sustainable production systems, and decision metrics and climate finance. In all four areas, we place an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation design, on education as a driver of behavioural change through new skills and capabilities and on policy innovation. We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities and regions, convening a community of excellence in people and organisations.

We balance strategic innovation, aimed at renewing core business models, with a significant portfolio of bottom-up innovation – e.g. through our start-up accelerators – to learn, evaluate and continuously adjust our efforts to impact climate change. Ultimately, we aim to become a leader in systemic innovation that contributes to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial production system to a circular, regenerative model, leveraging the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.


Purpose of the role

EIT Climate-KIC has developed programmes to educate climate entrepreneurs, establish Europe’s largest cleantech start-up accelerator and the demonstration and scaling of innovation through our community of over 300 of Europe’s leading public, private and academic organizations.

This Role is part of the Business Development and Fundraising Team and will support the development of large grant proposals with European and global foundations, public institutions and support the pan European business development and fundraising strategy that is vital to delivering our mission. The role with report to the Head of Strategic Funding and will work across the BD team.

We have been receiving funding from the European Commission and support from the Climate-KIC partner community. Building on this base we are increasingly working with other funders and corporate partners to either increase the size and scope of our current programmes or develop new programmes where there are shared interests.

An added focus will be on the development of emerging private, public and philanthropic funding partnerships within Europe.

Key responsibilities

  • Supervised by the Head of Strategic Funding
  • Support the Business Development team to prepare for large bid/grant application processes.
  • Utilize the Climate-KIC partner community working groups to refine propositions for funders
  • Provide fundraising support to Climate-KIC city-regional cluster leads
  • Work with sponsorship and services team to attract corporate funding for pan European
  • Lead and or support the preparation of proposals and grant applications

Key working relationships

  • Head of Strategic Funding anchored within the Business Development Team
  • Director of Business Development and Fundraising
  • Director UK&I
  • All BD team, including the Business Development leads and managers
  • Climate-KIC Theme Directors


  • Relevant academic background (MSC or equivalent)




  • At least 5 years of experience in working in the sustainability area, including a good knowledge of potential clients.
  • Demonstrable and successful grant and bid writing experience
  • Strong expertise in developing grant proposals and offers and a track record working with EU governments
  • Experience of building funding relationships with corporates and foundations
  • Strong previous experience in climate and environment.

Key Skills

  • Strong problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills with the ability to work in a team-based organization
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong analytical skills to understand quickly a broad variety of product and service offers in the climate change and sustainability area
  • Strong account management and relationship building skills

Qualities, Personal Style and Approach

  • Motivation to build relationships with funders and sponsors.
  • Flexible, proactive, and collaborative working approach, and a good team player
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and handle multiple priorities
  • Highly self-motivated

Application Process

Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

Your application should consist of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role. You should also tell us your current salary and where you saw this role advertised.

Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above.

We are:

Dynamic • Passionate • Engaging • Open • Inspiring • Excellent • Empowering

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