There is no such specific criterion but gender principles are governed in accordance with the provisions laid down in Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.


As stated in the call text (page 11), proposals will be evaluated by panels of high-level, independent external experts with respect to the criteria. Independent external experts will be grouped into Panels of Experts for each thematic area, covering the entrepreneurship-driven ‘Knowledge Triangle’ of higher education, research and business. Each Panel will consist of six evaluators (four thematic experts and two horizontal experts on education and business creation)


Applicants should follow the instructions in the submission template and it is up to a KIC to decide how it presents its impact in the proposal.


It is up to a KIC to decide how to best structure its partnership and decide on partners’ roles.  The eligibility criteria with regards to partners are presented in the Call text (page 9).  


It is up to the partnership to decide on the internal rules. Following the provisions of Article 15(10)-(11) of the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation, public bodies including international organisations, higher or secondary education establishments or legal entities, whose viability is guaranteed by a Member State or associated country, which will act as a coordinator will be exempted from the financial capacity check – please refer to the Call text page 10.


It is up to the consortium to decide what the KIC’s IP policy will be. The EIT follows the general principles of Horizon2020. Please refer to the model Framework Partnership Agreement annexed to the call text: http://eit.europa.eu/interact/bookshelf/eit-model-framework-partnership-agreement-0


Starting a KIC with a maximum of 50 committed partners is an appropriate ceiling for the start-up phase of a KIC and ensures a focussed strategy that can be effectively implemented. The EIT is not only responsible for selecting KICs but also ensuring their effective operation after designation. The proper set up of a KIC safeguards the effective and efficient operations of the partnership and a KIC is a much more complex and much more integrated structure than that of other more standard research and development consortia.

50 committed partners can form an excellent consortium meeting the objectives of the KIC model. As KICs strive for excellence, only excellent partners should form a consortia and having 50 excellent and committed partners in the consortium is already a challenge.

The limitation of the number of partners applies at the proposal stage only. A KIC remains an open partnership and the limitation concerns only the application stage, i.e. partners can enter and exit a KIC at a later stage in line with the KIC’s applicable provisions for partner entry and exit. 


There is a clear incentive from the EIT to focus on all relevant types of synergies (as presented in the Framework of Guidance), including funding. Please also refer to the “Principles for Financial Sustainability” adopted by the EIT Governing Board in March 2015 and are available here.


No, each designated partnership may be awarded up to EUR 4 million.


The Call focuses on selecting a partnership. The EIT’s budget for the 2014 to 2020 period is EUR 2.4 billion as set out in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. As stated in the Call text (page 7): “The EIT may award a grant of up to EUR 4 million to the two designated partnerships in order to support the efficient setting up of the two KICs. The designated partnerships, therefore, will have to submit their Start-up Plans in early 2017. The Start-up Plans will be evaluated by the EIT according to the following award criteria: relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the Start-up Plan.”


The eligibility criteria, including those regarding those relating to partners, are presented in the Call text (page 9). 


As defined in the Framework Partnership Agreement, KICs are autonomous partnerships that follow the principles of good governance outlined in the Call for Proposals. KICs set up their own entry and exit rules for their partners. More information on the partnership can be found in the Framework of Guidance


Each theme is described in the thematic factsheets annexed to the EIT’s Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) 2014-2020 and the Call text. These were broadly designed on purpose as innovation stakeholders are best placed to decide which angle to focus on when tackling a societal challenge.

As stated in the Call text (page 13) “On the grounds of equal treatment, the EIT Governing Board members and EIT staff cannot give applicants a prior opinion on the eligibility, quality or any other relevant element of a specific proposal.”


Please refer to the Call for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) Proposals (page 5 and 6) for more information as well as the Framework Partnership Agreement.

In addition, the five existing KICs present their models on their websites: 
Climate-KIC: www.climate-kic.org 
EIT Digital: www.eitdigital.eu 
EIT Health: http://eitrawmaterials.eu 
EIT Raw Materials: http://eitrawmaterials.eu 
KIC InnoEnergy: www.kic-innoenergy.com 


Yes. As stated in the Call text (page 4) “Applicants should provide specific locations (city or town) for Co-location Centres in their proposals, ensuring that geographical proximity (clearly specifying and justifying regional coverage) and physical location principles are respected.” 

There is also flexibility in changing the place of a Co-location Centre after the designation and in course of a KIC implementation but specific locations (city or town) for new Co-location Centres and justified geographical proximity should be ensured.