2021 Call for Proposals - FAQs

In line with the political agreement reached on 28 January 2021, the first new EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community will focus on the cultural and creative sectors and industries (CCSI): EIT Culture & Creativity. To learn more about the theme for this new proposed EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community, download the factsheet. 

The indicative timeline for the EIT's 2021 Call for Proposals was published in March 2021. 

An EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community is a partnership that brings together partner organisations from the sectors and industries, including from business, education and research. They develop and offer a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship activities across Europe: entrepreneurial education courses, business creation and acceleration services and innovation driven research projects. This results in: 

  • Training of a new generation of entrepreneurs 
  • Development of innovative products and services for the sectors and industries 
  • Creation of new companies and acceleration of existing ones 

Through its Knowledge and Innovation Communities, the EIT strengthens cooperation among businesses (including SMEs), higher education institutions and research organisations. Partners form dynamic pan-European partnerships and create favourable environments for creative thought processes and innovations to flourish. Real sustainable products, services, entrepreneurs, creators, innovators, scientists, companies, revenue, profit and jobs are emerging from the EIT Community, right here in Europe – concrete results and impact from Europe’s, if not the world’s, largest innovation ecosystem. 

EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities are dynamic and creative partnerships that harness Europe’s innovation and entrepreneurship potential to find solutions to pressing societal challenges in areas with high innovation potential and to create quality jobs and growth. Since 2010, the EIT has established eight EIT KICs, tackling challenges from climate change to food sustainability to urban mobility to healthy living and active aging 

An EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community carries out activities that cover the entire innovation pipeline: entrepreneurial training and education programmes, reinforcing the journey from research to the market through innovation projects, as well as business incubators and accelerators. The EIT’s role is to guide these activities and set the strategies, but it is up to each EIT KIC to put these into practice, deliver opportunities to beneficiaries and provide results. 

Information about how existing EIT KICs work and the activities they deliver is available on the EIT website and EIT KICs’ websites 

Questions relating to the EIT Call for Proposals must be submitted via the Contact Us Page on the EIT website. Information on the Call will be regularly updated on the dedicated page on the EIT website and will include answers to all questions that have been submitted to the EIT. It is therefore strongly recommended to regularly consult the website. 

All information and any update relating to the upcoming EIT Call for KIC Proposals will be posted on the EIT’s KIC Call page.