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Open Calls

Call 1 2019 is now open for applications.

EIT Climate-KIC is looking to support ambitious initiatives with a clear pathway to positive climate impact, consistent with the Paris Agreement targets and our Climate Innovation Impact Goals.

There are 5 options when applying to this call. These run in parallel. The route you choose to apply through will be dependent on the country in which you/ your organisation reside, the content and aim of your project, and for innovation for the stage your project is at:

  • Climate Innovation Ecosystems
  • Earlier Stage Innovation
  • Later Stage Innovation
  • Education
  • RIS

Funding available for these calls is for 2019 onward.

Open Calls

Funding available

Funding type


Project size – guidelines

Climate Innovation Ecosystems projects typically receive a maximum of €300,000 through EIT Climate-KIC annually, lasting 1-3 years

Earlier Stage projects can apply for an EIT grant up to €100,000 and last no more than 12 months

Later Stage Projects: There are no specific limits, these are typically €150,000 to €1 million and lasting up to 3 years

RIS Projects can apply for an EIT grant of up to €30,000 and last no more than 12 months

Education varies per programme, please see the call for proposals guidance for details on what funding is available based on eligible project costs per programme.

Funding Available

EIT Climate-KIC has already commissioned many Partner-led projects for 2019 that are continuing from applications through previous calls. The Innovation portfolio currently compromises an EIT investment of €20 million, we will invest a further €20 million to fund innovation, education, and RIS projects in 2019. Co-funding rules are applicable per programme (see eligibility criteria) which leverages a total innovation investment considerably greater than €20million. This figure is approximate and subject to change based on the final agreement with the EIT.

The breakdown of EIT funding available through Call 1 2019 is as follows:

  • €1 million Climate Innovation Ecosystems
  • €7 million Earlier Stage Innovation
  • €8 million Later Stage Innovation
  • €1.5 million Education
  • €2.5 million RIS
The important Bit


Regardless of the type of application you are preparing, the deadlines are:

31 August                Call Opens

During this time, all applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to EIT Climate-KIC about the proposal that they are preparing.

31 October               Call Closes

14 December           Applicants notified of outcome


Who can apply?

To be eligible to receive funding for any of these calls you must be an EIT Climate-KIC Partner.

Non-EIT Climate-KIC Partners can apply to the call but will not be eligible to receive funding until they have Partner status. For more information on how to get this, please contact your local Climate-KIC office

For further eligibility criteria per programme, please consult the calls for proposals guidance document.

Any proposal submitted outside of Plaza will be deemed ineligible.


How to apply

To apply:

  • register online in EIT Climate-KIC’s new grant management system Plaza
  • read the call for proposals guidelines and relevant impact goal dossier(s)
  • consider speaking to EIT Climate-KIC about the proposal that you are preparing
  • complete your online application in Plaza

Please note that Plaza is only accessible to EIT Climate-KIC partners. Organisations/ individuals who are preparing a bid will need to contact your local Climate-KIC office before starting your application.

Further information

Find out more

For more information please consult the relevant call documents which can be accessed through Plaza. EIT Climate-KIC partners can access Plaza through the Partner Information Page. 

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