2021 Call for Proposals
The EIT has launched a Call for Proposals for a new Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for Europe’s vibrant Culture and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI).
Important note: The Call for Proposals is now closed. The applications will now be reviewed by external experts ahead of the designation of the new Knowledge and Innovation Community in June.
EIT Culture & Creativity will unite cultural and creative organisations from business, higher education, and research and beyond in a pan-European innovation ecosystem. It will train the sector’s future entrepreneurs, power its cutting-edge ventures, and deliver innovative solutions to the challenges facing the sectors.
The Call for Proposals is now closed. The deadline for submitting applications for the call for proposal for EIT Culture & Creativity was Thursday 24 March 2022 17:00 CET.
What is an EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC)?
An EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community is a thriving partnership that brings together partners from business, research centres and higher education institutions to power innovation. The EIT has set up eight KICs, each tackling a specific global challenge, from climate change to sustainable energy and urban mobility to digitisation of our societies.
The EIT Community powers:
- a new generation of trained entrepreneurs and innovators;
- innovative products and services, that are developed and launched on the market in green, health and deep tech; and
- start-ups and ventures that are formed and scaled.
Why the Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries?
As set out in the EIT’s strategy for 2021 to 2027, the Institute will launch a new Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) dedicated to the CCSI. These sectors and industries are Europe's heart and soul and highlight both our diversity and unity whilst inspiring us to innovate. CCSI are key drivers of sustainable growth and job creation across Europe but have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing crisis. The suspension of cultural and creative activities has led to widespread job loss and economic disruption.
It is therefore critical to support these sectors and industries and create new opportunities for innovation, education, business creation and acceleration. This will help power the next generation of innovators and creatives across Europe. You can learn more about the theme for EIT Culture & Creativity, the new EIT KIC, in this factsheet.
What will this new Knowledge and Innovation Community set out to do?
By uniting cultural and creative organisations from business, higher education organisations and research centres in a pan-European innovation ecosystem, EIT Culture & Creativity will deliver innovative solutions to help the sectors and industries become stronger and more resilient. This new innovation community will train the sector’s future entrepreneurs, power its cutting-edge ventures, and deliver innovative solutions to the challenges facing the sectors. It would also bridge regional innovation gaps and harness the power of these sectors to support Europe’s cultural leadership.
What is the timeline of the Call for Proposals?
Who is this Call for Proposals intended for?
In line with Article 9 of the EIT Regulation , the EIT Call for Proposals is intended for consortia consisting of leading organisations from business, education and research, the so-called ‘knowledge triangle’. Please consult the full evaluation criteria for the Call for Proposals here.
At this stage, individuals are not able to apply but once set up in 2023, the new EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community will begin offering a wide range of activities specifically tailored for students, entrepreneurs and innovators active in the CCSI.
How can I get involved?
Important note: the 2021 Call for Proposals is now closed. After the closure of the call, the proposals will be checked for admissibility, eligibility and operational capacity. The proposals that pass this check will then be evaluated by external experts. The Governing Board will then confirm the expert assessment. Those passing the threshold will present their proposals for the EIT Governing Board in June. After the EIT Governing Board hearings, the winning consortium will be designated.
- EIT's 2021 Call for Proposals
- Call for Proposals on the EU's Funding and Tender Portal
- Announcement of the Call for Proposals in the Official Journal of the European Union
- Read more about the EIT Innovation Model
- Factsheet on the new EIT KIC on Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI)
- Networking platform
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Watch the information webinars on the Call for Proposals
- Call for Proposals brochure
- A living document containing questions received on the EIT Call for Proposals - as of 26 October 2021 (publication date of the Call for Proposals) until 03 February 2022. Please note that the date to submit questions has passed.
This page will be updated to present the latest information. In the meantime, learn more about the EIT Community and our work on our website, and by signing up for the EIT Newsletter and following EIT social media for the latest developments. Stay tuned for more information and get ready to join Europe’s largest innovation network to innovate with us.
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