The rapid spread of COVID-19 is placing strain on our entire social fabric and creating change in the way we work and interact, at incredible speed. Our whole team at EIT Climate-KIC sincerely hopes that you, your family and colleagues are finding ways through this global health and economic crisis.

On this hub we want to address the need for a simultaneous, multi-dimensional response to COVID-19 to address both the devastating immediate impacts on people, health systems and economy, and longer-term considerations. This includes the need to act now to ensure that economic recovery is aligned with climate and SDG commitments as we consider ways to protect people, and reboot and regenerate economies.

This hub will:

    • Highlight existing, crisis-relevant innovations from our community, as well as opportunities to help amplify them
    • Launch a new Call for Proposals to address this crisis (in all its complexity), with grants funded by EIT
    • Offer a discussion forum for new collaborations and project ideas that can respond to this health crisis and support resilient societies and a green economic recovery
    • Address the need for a long-term “new normal” after COVID-19, and invite you to submit case studies and ideas as inspiration and policy inputs
    • Share positions and thought leadership on topics connected to this crisis
    • Share examples of how we are supporting our people in-house and learning new forms of behaviour which we might want to retain.

Would you like to share your idea, initiative, query or inspiring work? Please contact or comment in the discussion forum below.

Venture Funding Extraordinary COVID-19 Venture Support 2020

EIT Climate-KIC is supporting an extraordinary call for grant applications launched by EIT and for ventures affected by pandemic crisis. This initiative is part of the EU’s response to COVID-19 and extends support of up to EUR 500,000 to climate positive start-ups, scaleups and SMEs contributing to a transition towards a net-zero carbon economy. The application deadline is 7 June 2020. Read more:

Extraordinary COVID-19 Venture Support 2020
Apply for a grant Extraordinary Post COVID-19 Regeneration Call 2020

EIT Climate-KIC is seeking to support the ambitious activities needed to regenerate and reboot our economies in line EIT Climate-KIC’s mission to build a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a net- zero-carbon, circular economy. Activities, projects and programmes submitted in response to this call for proposals should align with our strategy, Transformation, in Time, by contributing to the achievement of system transformation towards a low-carbon economy. Deadline Stage 1 (Expression of Interest): 22 May 2020 (17:00 CET). Deadline Stage 2 (Full proposal submission): 12 June 2020 (17:00 CET). CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Extraordinary Post COVID-19 Regeneration Call 2020
EIT Crisis Response Initiative
COVID-19 €60 million Crisis Response Initiative for Europe's Innovators

The EIT Governing Board has decided to mobilise EUR 60 million of additional funding to innovators powering high-impact solutions that tackle this unprecedented social and economic challenge. The financing will allow the launch of new innovation projects to address the immediate crisis as part of the ‘Pandemic Response Projects’, and will support highly innovative start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs crucial to the economy’s fast recovery to benefit from additional funding under the ‘Venture Support Instrument’.

€60 million Crisis Response Initiative for Europe's Innovators
Inspiring Work From Members of Our Community
"The Open Ventilator" Building Ventilators

In record time this multidisciplinary and interregional Spanish team have produced a ventilator designed to help COVID-19 patients with severe breathing difficulties, meeting the medical specifications of the health authorities. The multidisciplinary team is made up of doctors, engineers, communication, data analysts, legal, design. This tool has all the functionalities of a medical ventilator with a very fast, scalable production capacity and a much lower cost than pre-existing ones. The prototype is ready, and there is an approval of the Spanish Agency of the Medication. The scientific and medical community is very receptive to this design and mechanism. They will be able to produce 50-100 units per day. Part of this huge team are Santiago Jiménez-CEO of Liight (Accelerator Participant 2019) and Javier González-CEO of Iridium (Accelerator 2017 and Pioneers-into-Practice Participant 2019) and Virginia Huidobro (Organizer Climathon 2019 Madrid).

Building Ventilators
CROWD-FUNDING SUPPORT NEEDED Giving Water To Hospital Staff and Patients

The social enterprise Auara has already donated 236,000 bottles to hospitals with coronavirus patients. AUARA received a whatsapp from a friend asking for help: in the hospital where she worked they needed bottled water for the health staff and for the patients, to minimise the risk of contagion. That day, they sent 2,500 bottles to the hospital and posted a message offering water to any hospital that needed it. In one week they donated all they could, 65,000 bottles to a total of 27 hospitals in Madrid, Catalonia and Castile and Leon, until they realized that they could no longer do it alone and launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds that would allow them to continue donating our bottles to cover all the demand that would come our way. This initiative, which they called #AguaparaHospitalesCOVID19, has brought together more than 1,700 donors, individuals and companies such as Asterion Industrial Partners, which has donated the equivalent of 100,000 litres of bottled water. In total, the crowdfunding campaign (which is still open, with the option to donate from 5 Euros) has managed to reach 50,000 Euros in just 3 days . In addition, thanks to so much noise and repercussions, they have managed to contact the Community of Madrid and the Regional Government of Castile and Leon to coordinate efforts. All those hospitals or other places where they are treating patients with coronavirus who need bottled water, can contact them at Antonio Espinosa de los Monteros, CEO and Co-Founder of AUARA, was part of the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator Programme in 2016.

Giving Water To Hospital Staff and Patients
Changing the Production System Setting Up Disinfection Plants

Encapsulae is a startup that develops and commercializes additives for active and intelligent packaging. They have taken advantage of their technological and scientific knowledge, and their ability to set up a silver ion disinfectant plant. This new and effective disinfectant does not carry toxic substances, has 24-48 hours of residual protection, is fast-acting (between 30 seconds and 2 minutes), and does not generate aggressive vapours or skin irritation associated with traditional disinfectants. It can be applied in the presence of people and animals. This project is initiated by Javier Menéndez, CEO of Encapsulae (Accelerator Participant 2019).

Setting Up Disinfection Plants

Initiatives From Our Community Addressing the "New Normal"

Planetary Emergency Open Letter

The letter builds upon the ground-breaking work of the Club of Rome, the WWF, the Potsdam Institute and the InterAction Council to launch a Planetary Emergency Plan late last year.

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Planetary Emergency Open Letter
Sharing Cases with Transformative Potential

The thinking behind this platform from Dennis Pamlin, Member of the EIT Climate-KIC Advisory Council, and our Mission Finance team, is to gather COVID-19 responses and systems thinking from around the world that can inspire 1.5°C-compatible pathways.

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Sharing Cases with Transformative Potential
Tracking Government Interventions

EIT Climate-KIC partner InfluenceMap tracks developments on COVID-19 related government interventions as they happen to inform their stakeholders and partners in the media, investment and NGO communities.

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Tracking Government Interventions

How We Take Care of People Working at EIT Climate-KIC

Closing Offices

All our offices across Europe are closed since the 11th of March - no matter if country-specific restriction are in place or not.

Travel Ban

We have stopped all travel on the 11th of March. We develop our online skills to reduce travel after the travel ban as well.

Care-Taking is Working

All people working at EIT Climate-KIC can add up to 3 hours for tutoring their kids or taking care of the elderly as a part of their working hours during this pandemic.

Setting up the Corona Care Collective

We have a dedicated team that checks if people are healthy, connected and have the right environment to work from home.

Coming together - Online

We encourage digital hangouts, coffee breaks, digital lunches, quiz games and more to make this period of isolation as bearable as possible.

Learning New Tools

We self-organise twice a week short webinars to learn new digtal tools for meetings and workshops - so called "Teach-Ins".


In this series of so-called “Teach-Ins” we want to share with you webinars that we are actually organising for the people in our organisation. This video give you insights to the collaboration tool MIRO that we start to use more and more in our daily work.

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TEACH-IN: Checking In And Checking Out

In this series of so-called “Teach-Ins” we want to share with you webinars that we are actually organising for the people in our organisation. This video gives you insights on the practice of doing check-ins and check-out in online meetings.

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TEACH-IN: Checking In And Checking Out
TEACH-IN: Hosting Large Calls

In this series of so-called “Teach-Ins” we want to share with you webinars that we are actually organising for the people in our organisation. This video gives you insights on what is happening "in the kitchen" when we host large calls in-house.

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TEACH-IN: Hosting Large Calls

Do you have any ideas, examples or would you like to share your own COVID-19 response?