Boosting Climate Innovation across Europe

The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) is a dedicated programme to accelerate climate innovation across Europe. It facilitates connections into our established innovation hubs, in 12 countries in the centre, east and south of Europe, securing EIT Climate-KIC’s pan-European reach, boosting climate innovation capacity across the continent.

Southern and eastern Europe face some of the most acute climate adaptation risks and projected economic and societal costs of climate change. EIT RIS eligible countries also encompass some of Europe’s largest greenhouse gas emitters in the industrial and manufacturing context and through poor energy transition.

The EIT RIS aims to stimulate low carbon innovation in countries, regions and cities across Europe and significantly boost local capacity to implement the highest impact ideas, while reinforcing synergies and complementarities with EU, national, regional innovation initiatives and funding sources. It is a strategic instrument to target the climate mitigation needs and challenges.

Being part of the EIT Climate-KIC community through the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme has helped us join forces locally, while leveraging the expertise and tools of a vast international network to boost climate innovation in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean region.”

Stelios Yiatros, Cyprus University of Technology
Climate-KIC Hub Cyprus

What we offer in EIT RIS countries


With a focus on real-life challenges and learning by doing, EIT Climate-KIC’s online learning, and professional development and graduate school programmes are the most transformative of their kind.

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Our entrepreneurship programmes identify, support and invest in entrepreneurs through every stage of innovation, helping them achieve success and commercial scale.

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Our innovation programmes facilitate knowledge exchange and technology transfer to help your business or sector to maximise its knowledge potential to become a market leader.

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Call for Hubs in Czechia and Slovakia

EIT Climate-KIC is pleased to launch a call for applications for EIT Climate-KIC Hubs in Czechia and Slovakia.

To participate in the call, the potential EIT Climate-KIC Hub should:

  • consist of at least two entities, each representing different sectors in the knowledge triangle (education, research, business)
  • demonstrate a commitment to the low carbon agenda and clearly show low carbon priorities
  • focus part of its activities on at least one of EIT Climate-KIC Climate Innovation Impact Goals in CEE
  • demonstrate its capacity to work with local knowledge triangle actors (education, research, business) and national or regional authorities
  • be able to demonstrate existing relationships and the support of policymakers in national or regional authorities
  • declare that at least one entity from the potential EIT Climate-KIC Hub is interested in becoming an EIT Climate-KIC Partner
  • demonstrate a track record in low carbon sector innovation
  • outline plans to mobilise and use “other sources of funding”
  • submit at least one letter of support

Call for applications

All conditions regarding the call are described in detail here. Please read the Call for applications in the link above carefully, before submitting the application.

Application Form

Submit your application using the application form available here.

Consortia Partners Search Tool

Please be aware that the application shall be submitted by consortia of at least two entities. We would like to help you to comply with that requirement by introducing Consortia Partners Search Tool.

If you need any support in finding consortium members, please fill in the form. Information from the form will be published on our website just to inform your potential partner about your willingness to cooperate. Here you can find the list of entities that are interested in creating EIT Climate-KIC Hubs.


If you didn’t manage to participate in the webinar, you can find the recording here.


An expanding network of partners

Introduced in 2014 to share good practices and experience emerging from EIT Community activities and to widen participation across Europe, EIT RIS opens the activities of our Innovation Communities to innovators that are not partners, by providing targeted support to individuals and organisations to take part in and benefit from our Innovation Communities’ activities, services and programmes.

We are currently present in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Sandra Vlasic for Climate-KIC Hub Croatia "Being a part of Climate-KIC is like joining the champions team of 300+ European organisations playing the most important match of our lives."


Benefits of being a RIS partner

In all EIT RIS countries we work with (competitively selected) organisations to set up EIT Climate-KIC Hubs which serve as entry points for interacting with local players, mobilising and internationalising local networks as well as facilitating Knowledge Triangle Integration.

Benefits of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme :

  • Ensures EIT/KIC activity reaches all Member States and has impact throughout Europe
  • Stimulates low carbon innovation in countries, regions and cities across Europe to boost the innovation capacity
  • Boosts stakeholders’ role as multipliers of knowledge and expertise
  • Fosters synergies and efficiency gains with Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3)

For more information do not hesitate to contact us.

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Lisboa E-Nova for Climate-KIC Hub Portugal "Climate-KIC allowed us to create a plan and an articulated strategy with the Municipality of Lisbon. It has been a program of enormous added value."