KICs can indeed initiate and orchestrate non-EIT funded activities which contribute to the strategic objectives of the EIT and KICs, with funds received from other public or private organizations. Allowed sources of funding for a KIC are defined in the EIT Horizon Europe legal package (SIA, Regulation), and as follows:
- Contributions from partner organisations, forming a substantial source of funding;
- Voluntary contributions from Member States, associated countries or third countries or public authorities within them;
- Contributions from international bodies or institutions;
- Revenue generated by the KICs’ own assets and activities and royalties from intellectual property rights;
- Capital endowments;
- Bequests, donations and contributions from individuals, institutions, foundations or any other bodies established under national law;
- The financial contribution from the EIT;
- Financial instruments, including those funded from the general budget of the Union.
The exact provisions on how to account for non-EIT funded activities of the KICs are still to be decided.