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RIS EduEx 2021

Will you help us to put climate and sustainability on skills and educational agendas in new ways?

EIT Climate-KIC invites partners and new collaborators, e.g. civil society organisations, municipalities, research institutions and private actors, to join us in rethinking the future of learning, skills and education in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe to enable a just, resilient and prosperous transition to a net zero carbon economy   that supports both planetary and human health. We want you to experiment with novel educational and learning methodologies to inspire our community and feed into the learning, education, and skills agenda of EIT Climate-KIC.  

These learning experiments, funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS), will focus on developing new methodologies and approaches to education, learning and mindset shifts, for EIT Climate-KIC to expand the horizon on the skills, behaviours, ways of thinking and innovative learning methods needed for sustainable futures in an increasingly complex world.  

CALL TO ACTION

This Call for Proposals provides an opportunity to fund a selected number of experiments, designed and led by entities operating and active in any of the following RIS countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Montenegro*, Republic of North Macedonia*, Serbia*, Turkey*, Ukraine*, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain). 

EIT Climate-KIC will fund up to 5 experiments with up to 12 000 EUR each, for a period from the start of the contract in September until December 31, 2021.  

*These third countries, which are all listed in the European Innovation Scoreboard, will be eligible for the EIT RIS following the successful conclusion of individual Horizon Europe Association Agreements. 

Deadline

Call opening ………….. 14 June 2021

Call closing …………….. 11 July 2021

Events & information sessions:

Eligibility

  • This call for proposals is open for applications from both EIT Climate-KIC partner and non-partner organisations.  
  • EITClimate-KIC will not fund more than one experiment by the same organisation, research group or city.
  • While this call for proposals is opento applications from both EIT Climate-KIC partners and non-partner organisations, eligibility is limited to organisations that are based in a EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) eligible country. Countries eligible to take part in the EIT RIS (2021-2024): 
    • EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.
    • Horizon Europe Associated Countries(these third countries, which are all listed in the European Innovation Scoreboard, will be eligible for the EIT RIS following the successful conclusion of individual Horizon Europe Association Agreements): Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.  
    • Outermost Regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).
  • Important: Successful proposals are expected to be funded by the upcoming Horizon Europe funding framework in 2021.For EIT Climate-KIC partners to be eligible for funding they will be required to accede to the Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement.   
  • For the full range of eligibility criteria, please review the Call Guidelines document

How to apply

The call is a 1-stage process: the submission of a proposal followed by assessment and decision outcome.

To apply for this Call:

  • read the relevant Call to Action and Guidelines (below)
  • Email your application (available as a Word document below) to eduex@climate-kic.org   Submission deadline is Sunday, 11 July 2021 at 00:00 CEST. 

Cal to Action & Guidelines, and Application Forms:

Supporting documents:

 


Call for Matchmaking Innovation Event with a focus on RIS countries

EIT Climate-KIC launches Matchmaking Innovation Market call 2021 to support systemic challenge-led collaboration and development of local and impactful climate action in RIS eligible countries.

The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) is designed as a long-term initiative to strengthen the national and regional innovation ecosystems of countries that are moderate and modest innovators according to the European Commission regional innovation scorecard. The overarching objective of the EIT RIS is to contribute to the advancement of the innovation performance of these countries and regions by strengthening the capacity of their innovation enablers and actors and linkages among them (such as business accelerators, incubators, start-ups, scale-ups, businesses including SMEs, agencies, educational and research institutions and their infrastructures, etc.) through the dissemination of the Knowledge Triangle Innovation (KTI) approach, the cornerstone of the EIT intervention logic.

This Call is aimed at overcoming one of the main problems in advancing innovation in areas of human activity that have a critical impact on greenhouse gas emissions – cities, land use, materials and finance – and to create climate-resilient communities: replicating effort instead of strengthening what is already on the market. Therefore, we welcome impactful ideas that can partner up with EIT Climate-KIC to lead the transformative change and speed up innovation acceleration in RIS countries. Eligible RIS countries under this Call are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Montenegro*, North Macedonia*, Serbia*, Turkey*, Ukraine* (*These countries will be eligible for the EIT RIS, as long as they conclude their Horizon Europe Association Agreements.)

This Matchmaking Innovation Event is open to all EU-based organisations (including Third Countries that associate with the Horizon Europe programme) interested in bringing forward in RIS countries their innovative products/services in relation to EIT Climate-KICs “Transformation in Time” strategy. By ‘bringing forward’ we mean that they are interested in knowledge transfer, scaling up, contributing to further developing a service/product, finding collaborators to build a new customer base, etc.

Call to action

The Call aims to facilitate an innovation matchmaking market, where members of the community can establish direct relationships between the offers of innovative products/services (Supply), and requests for solutions to challenges and problems (Demand) presented via an Expression of Interest (EOI) stage, in order to identify initiatives and pilots/projects. In this way, developing new project ideas will open new opportunities for future collaboration, helping to generate new business possibilities (see Call guidelines linked below for further information).

Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)

In the first Stage of this Call, proponents submit EOIs as either a Demand or Supply actor to EIT Climate-KIC’s Exaptive platform. The EOI form in Exaptive will collect necessary information about each EOI to then visualise eligible submissions in the platform and, importantly, the possible relationships between them. This platform will be accessible to all proponents before and during the Event.

Submitted EOIs will then be invited to attend the Matchmaking Innovation Market Event, which will be held to interact with proponents and community members to learn more about the innovation offers and requests, the opportunities arising, and to begin shaping possible innovation initiatives and/or pilot projects.

Stage 2: Initiatives and/or Pilot Project Proposals, EIT Grant Support

At the conclusion of the event, attendees and burgeoning project consortia will be invited to submit initiative and/or pilot proposals for EIT grant support. These proposals must be able to demonstrate a clear link between the submitted idea and the Matchmaking Innovation Market event; must be led by an eligible RIS EIT Climate-KIC partner (such as, for example, the challenge-owner – though the consortium may consist of any other organisations). The Stage 2 proposals will be submitted in our grant management system, Plaza.

Further details regarding the Supply and Demand actor roles as well as the possibility to submit a proposal after the Matchmaking event can be found in the call guidelines (linked below).

Deadlines

Call (Stage 1) Opening 2nd June 2021  
Call (Stage 1) Closing 22nd June 2021 – 18:00 CET  
Call (Stage 2) Opening 5th July 2021  
Call (Stage 2) Closing 27th July 2021 – 18:00 CET  
     
Expected Start of Action:    
Communication of Decision 6th August 2021 Proponents will be contacted directly. Outcomes will be published at a later stage on www.climate-kic.org.
Start of Pilots 10th August 2021  
     
Events    
Information Session 10th June 2021 – 10:00 CET Link is provided in the call document
Matchmaking Innovation 2nd July 2021 – 10:00 CET The programme of the event will be shared with the proponents on the 28th of June.

Eligibility

We welcome impactful ideas that can partner up with EIT Climate-KIC to lead the transformative change and speed up innovation acceleration in RIS countries.

  • Eligible countries
    • For the period 2021-2024, countries eligible for EIT RIS activities are those identified as either “moderate” or “modest” innovator in at least one of the three European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) annual reports issued in 2018, 2019 and 2020

For the second stage: The call for proposals is open for applications to both EIT Climate-KIC partners and non-partner organisations.

How to apply

The call is a 2-stage process: the submission of an EOI and full proposal followed by assessment and decision outcome.

To apply for the Call:

  • read the relevant Call to Action and Guidelines (below)
  • speak to a relevant KIC about the proposal that you are preparing (see contact in the Call to Action and Guidelines documents)
  • All applications should be written in English. Exceptions can be made for supporting documents, where they are requested/can be submitted, such as letters of intent – these documents could be written in one of the official languages spoken in the country from which the application is submitted. You may choose to provide a summary in English
  • Ensure your availability to attend the scheduled Matchmaking Innovation Event – see the timeline above for further information.
  • submit your online EOI application to EIT Climate KIC Business via Exaptive Form (see guidance in Call guideline)

Guidelines

Supporting documents:

  • Guidance document to support the development of proposals budgets will be issued in Stage 2, cost categories to be aligned with new Horizon Europe requirements.
  • Guidance on EIT KPIs

 


Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus. Capitalising on existing citizen engagement activities in re-designing the public realm.

On 18 January 2021, the Commission launched the design phase of the New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative. The NEB is an environmental, social and cultural initiative, aiming to combine at the same time quality of experience, sustainability, and inclusiveness in order to help deliver the European Green Deal. The Cross KIC NEB is led by EIT Climate-KIC and participated by EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility. The mission aims at bridging the gap between science and technology on the one hand, and arts and culture on the other, under the scope of sustainability, business promotion through start-ups and citizen education and engagement.

CALL TO ACTION

 This Call addresses climate innovation in public space through citizen engagement. By capitalising on successful activities developed by EIT Climate-KIC on social activation and experimentation, this Call aims at bringing together Cities, regions or affiliated entities to Cities and regions, and social engagement innovators to empower civil society and drive climate action in the light of the NEB initiative.

This Cross-KIC NEB Call will mobilise citizen-driven initiatives and ideas all across-Europe building on the EIT’s ecosystem as Europe’s largest innovation community. The objective is the wider promotion of the NEB initiative across relevant stakeholders in Europe, creating a NEB community with cities/regions, citizens, professionals, entrepreneurs and local associations.

 Deadline

Call opening ………….. Tuesday, June 08st 2021

Call closing …………….. Monday, August 9th 2021

 Events & information sessions:

14 June 2021, 10:00 CEST – Zoom information session – please register HERE

 Eligibility

For full eligibility criteria, please see the Call document

 How to apply

 The call is a 1 stage submission process: the submission of the full proposal followed by assessment and decision outcome.

To apply for this Call:

  • read the relevant Call to Action & Guidelines  (below)
  • in case of queries, you may get in touch with an EIT CKIC representative to discuss the proposal you are preparing (see contact in the Call to Action & Guidelines document)
  • submit your application as per the Call guidelines instructions.

 Call to Action & Guidelines, and Application Forms:

Supporting documents:

 


 

Closed Calls


CLOSED – Call for problem holders, scaleups and SMEs working for Water Scarcity in Southern Europe

EIT Food, EIT Climate, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Digital joint forces to face the real challenges around water scarcity

Together with other EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) – EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital, EIT Manufacturing – and partnersAthena Research Centre and BioazulEIT Food leads a multiannual and multidisciplinary Programme designed to alleviate water scarcity in Southern Europe. We work together considering water scarcity as a thematic field from agrifood to manufacturing.

The overarching objective of the Programme Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe (from now on the Water Scarcity Programme or the Project) is to ease the transition to a water-saving economy and to contribute, in the long run, to reduce Europe’s water consumption, wastage and pollution. This will be achieved by targeting different stakeholders, from policymakers to business, industry leaders and citizens, through various actions:

  • The Body of Knowledge is a group of top-class experts working together to build knowledge around water scarcity, policy and financing tools.
  • The InnoWise Scale activities will support up to 20 scale-ups working on innovative solutions to tackle specific case studies related to water scarcity, through tailored mentoring and training, and the possibility of competing for different prizes, including the implementation of demo sites (foreseen in 2022).
  • The Water Academies are sectoral and technical seminars that will stimulate a learning environment and promote the adoption of water-saving technologies, sharing the latest findings and good practices in different sectors.
  • Outreach activities are designed to engage with people to become agents of change and walk towards a water-saving economy.

The Programme will be implemented in several countries across Europe, focusing on Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Malta, and Spain.

 

Call to Action

CALL FOR PROBLEM HOLDERS WORKING FOR WATER SCARCITY IN SOUTHERN EUROPE

EIT Food together with EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital and EIT Manufacturing are looking for three private companies, association of companies or cooperatives, or public entities working on one of these sectors – i) food & beverage, ii) agriculture and iii) utilities & infrastructures- to participate as “demo-holders” willing to host in their facilities demonstration activities conducted by selected SMEs/scaleups with disruptive solutions for efficient water management. The EIT community will support these entities in finding innovative solutions fitting their needs.

Deadline

  • Call opening Monday April 26th 2021
  • Call closing Tuesday June 1st 2021 at 23:59 CEST

How to apply

Entities willing to collaborate as problem holder must outline a case study in their application form. The problem holder must present a dossier (max. 2 pages following Annex 1 questionnaire) in which the following information will be included:

  • Context about the industry.
  • Problem/challenge they want to solve or improvement they want to make. Parameters they need to consider, such as water quality (pollutants, solids, conductivity), water efficiency, water recovery, etc.
  • Why they need to address one or several points: compliance with legislations (which one, why they are not compliant, timeline), costs-effectiveness, reputation, etc.
  • Type of solution they need.

The dossier attached to Annex 1 (in pdf format) shall be sent via e-mail to the Project Manager by 01.06.2021 at 23.59 CEST:

  • Contact: carmen.galindo@eitfood.eu
  • Subject: [WATER] Case study for water scarcity

Decision Communication

Selected applicants will be notified between the 7th and the 11th of June. Note that the first event will be shortly after notification, so applicants must be ready for a quick reaction.

Call to Action & Guidelines, and Application Forms:

Supporting information:

FINDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR WATER SCARCITY IN SOUTHERN EUROPE | EIT Food

EIT Water | EIT Food

 

CLOSED – CALL FOR SCALEUPS and SMEs WORKING FOR WATER SCARCITY IN SOUTHERN EUROPE

In parallel, the EIT community is looking for twenty scaleups – startups seeing accelerated growth after demonstrating a product-market fit- and innovative SMEs working on new solutions tailored to one or several of the challenges described in the present document for the three sectors: i) food & beverage, ii) agriculture, and iii) utilities and infrastructure. The solution providers can submit their SMART solutions for a maximum of two of the sectorial challenges. Twenty applications will be selected to participate in the Programme, which includes market-oriented training, a 3-months mentoring period, and the possibility to implement a demo site with one of the problem holders at the end of the period.

Deadline

  • Call opening Monday April 26th 2021
  • Call closing Tuesday June 1st 2021 at 23:59 CEST

How to apply

Entities willing to participate in the Programme as solution provider must submit their application via the online platform F6S – LINK before 01.06.2021 at 23.59 CEST. The form to be submitted can be found in ANNEX 2 in the call document.

For inquiries regarding the call for scaleups and SMEs, applicants can contact the Project Manager from EIT Food. EIT Food will not provide new information that has not already been included in this call document, but can assist the potential applicants by explaining the contents.

  • Contact: carmen.galindo@eitfood.eu
  • Subject: [WATER] Clarifications on call for scaleups

Decision Communication

Selected applicants will be notified between the 7th and the 11th of June. Note that the first event will be shortly after notification, so applicants must be ready for a quick reaction.

Applicants that are not selected to participate in the InnoWise Scale activities will be offered the possibility to access tailored mentoring for 3 months period by a carefully chosen mentor for the reduced fee of 300 EUR.

Call to Action & Guidelines, and Application Forms:

Supporting information:

FINDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR WATER SCARCITY IN SOUTHERN EUROPE | EIT Food

EIT Water | EIT Food

 


 

CLOSED – HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education

A new initiative to unlock the full innovation potential of higher education institutions (HEIs) by increasing their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity while integrating them into Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem

The initiative is a joint EIT Community activity coordinated by EIT Raw Materials. The pilot call for proposals invites European higher education institutions to design institution-wide action plans that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity across all institutional levels. By supporting such activities, this new EIT initiative will create systemic impact, empowering HEIs to become regional engines of innovation and foster sustainable growth and jobs across Europe.

23 pilot projects will be selected and implemented over 24 months from July 2021. Each pilot project could be awarded a maximum of €1.2 million, with up to €400,000 for Phase 1 (July−December 2021) and up to €800,000 for Phase 2 (January 2022 – July 2023). Activities can focus on several themes, including:

  • Fostering institutional engagement and change
  • Strengthening partnerships between higher education, business and research organisations
  • Developing innovation and business support services
  • Enhancing the quality of entrepreneurial education
  • Creating and disseminating knowledge

The HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education is a key objective for the EIT as part of its new strategy, the EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) 2021-2027. The initiative aims to support higher education institutions with expertise and coaching, access to the EIT innovation ecosystem, and funding, enabling them to develop innovation action plans complementing the needs of individual higher education institutions.

Call to Action

The pilot projects will be selected through a competitive evaluation and selection process. To be considered for selection, the applicant/coordinator must submit an application on behalf of the consortium as a response to this Pilot Call for Proposals. Applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria and reviewed by independent evaluators against the evaluation criteria.

HEIs must submit their applications on the HEI Initiative Application Portal (www.eit-hei.eu).The deadline for submitting proposals is 25 May 2021, and the selected pilot projects will be announced in June 2021.

Deadline

  • Call opening …………..24 March 2020, 12:00CET
  • Call closing …………….25 May 2021, 23:59 CET

Events & information sessions:

  • Informative webinars for the Pilot Call for Proposals – 2nd and 3rd week April 2021

Eligibility

For full eligibility criteria, please see the Call document.

Applications will be checked for formal requirements by the EIT HEI Project Management Team to ensure eligibility criteria are fulfilled. Proposals will then be evaluated against the selection criteria by a minimum of 3 independent external experts per proposal, and then ranked according to their quality score.

To be eligible for participation and funding, a participant must be a ‘legal entity’. A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.

Beneficiaries and affiliated entities must register in the EU Participant Register before submitting their application, in order to get a participant identification code (PIC).

The following organisations are eligible for participation and funding:

  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) – HEIs must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) with its affiliated entities (if any) as full or associated
  • Public or private, small, medium or large enterprises (including social enterprises)
  • Research institutes
  • Public bodies at local, regional or national level
  • Intermediary organisations or associations which represent Higher Education Institutions

 

 

CLOSED – Cross-KIC Circular Economy

Strengthening collaboration across EIT Community for a climate-neutral Europe

Transitioning to the Circular Economy is one of the main objectives of European society right now. Moving to more circular economic models promises a much brighter future for the European economy. This will allow Europe to rise to the current and future challenges of global pressure on resources and increasing insecurity of supply. Pumping resources back into productive use, cutting waste and reducing dependence on uncertain supplies is a direct route to improving resilience and competitiveness. By helping to decouple economic growth from resource use and its impacts, it offers the prospect of sustainable growth that will last.

The EIT Community will be one of the key stakeholders ensuring this important objective for European society. This will only be achieved with a coordinated and efficient collaboration among the different EIT KICs (Knowledge and Innovation Community) to ensure a greater impact from the Cross-KIC collaboration.

EIT RawMaterials, EIT Digital, EIT Climate KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT UrbanMobility have created a Cross-KIC action to strengthen the collaboration of internal and external activities related to the Circular Economy. The Cross-KIC circular action includes two specific calls described below.

 

Calls to Action

Cross-KIC Call on Environmental Technology Verification (ETV)

Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) is a tool designed to help innovative environmental technologies access the market. It consists of the verification, on a voluntary basis, of the functional and environmental performance of technology by qualified third parties, through tests of controlled quality. The end product is an ETV Statement of Verification published on the ETV website and used in business-to-business relations. This enables technology owners to document the reliability of their claims and differentiate them from competitors, and it helps technology purchasers identify innovations that suit their needs.

ETV is implemented by accredited Verification Bodies in three technology areas:

  • Water treatment and monitoring (e.g., monitoring water quality, treatment of drinking water and wastewater)
  • Materials, waste and resources (e.g., separation and sorting of solid waste, recycling of materials, end-of-life products and chemicals, biomass-based products)
  • Energy (e.g., renewable energy, energy generated from waste, energy efficiency)

The call is open to any partner and start-up of participating EIT Community (EIT RawMaterials, EIT Climate KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT UrbanMobility) with a technology included in any of the previously defined areas that has been supported in any ongoing or finished demonstration project.

A webinar defining main aspects of the call and ETV requirements will be organised on 29 April from 10.30 to 12.00 CEST.

Agenda:

  • Short introduction of the Cross-KIC Circular Economy Project and the ETV Support call
  • ETV description: Izabela Ratman (ETV Expert)
  • ETV Secretariat: Martin Pecanka 
  • Questions & Answers 

Click here to register.

 

Cross-KIC Call on Circular SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the economy, steering our economy towards a more circular model. However, their small size means that they face unique challenges on the path to closing loops and improving resource efficiency. 

Some of those unique challenges can be linked to lack of company environmental culture, financial support, adequate legislation, innovation legislation and support mechanisms, information and many others.

The six KICs involved in this Cross-KIC initiative are a diverse set of publicly and privately funded bodies uniquely positioned to tackle the above barriers for the circular economy adoption by SMEs. The overall aim of this call is to enable the joint competencies and capacities of the KICs to help solve a more systemic circularity in an orchestrated effort as well as possible specific approaches towards circularity in SMEs.

Partners of participating KICs are invited to submit an application for the work on the development of an in-depth analysis covering the following topics:

  • Investigation of the current situation regarding Circular Economy and SMEs in Europe considering mainly those sectors covered by the participating KICs.
  • Investigation of main barriers hampering Circular Economy implementation in SMEs and potential measures to overcome those barriers, including EIT Community activities.
  • Investigation and analysis of current activities carried out by participating KICs to support Circular Economy implementation in SMEs and estimation of efficiency.
  • Clear and detailed proposal for both how to improve current support activities and new possible actions considering individual EIT KICs but mainly joint actions from Cross-KIC projects.
  • Clear analysis of how those support activities should be coordinated with other initiatives to avoid overlapping and increase efficiency.
  • The project should create an advisory board composed of relevant experts and SMEs representatives providing advice to the project development.

All existing partners of participating EIT Community (EIT RawMaterials, EIT Climate KIC, EIT Digital, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT UrbanMobility) are eligible to apply.

 

Deadline (both Calls)

Calls opening …………..1 April 2021

Calls closing …………….. 31 May 2021

 

Eligibility

For full details of eligibility criteria for each Call, please see the relevant Call document.

 

How to apply (both Calls)

These calls are a 1-stage submission process: the submission a full proposal followed by assessment and decision outcome.

 

To apply for any of the three Calls:

  • read the relevant Call to Action and Guidelines 
  • speak to a relevant KIC about the proposal that you are preparing (see contact in the Call to Action and Guidelines documents)
  • submit your application as per the Call guidelines instructions.

 

Cal to Action & Guidelines, and Application Forms:

Supporting documents: