EIT Climate-KIC Hub in Malta is launching a call to recruit a new member to participate in EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS): a dedicated programme to accelerate climate innovation across Europe.
We are interested in organisations to become official members of the Hub, moving to a more coordinated and fruitful cooperation and increasing the uptake and participation of the Malta ecosystems in EIT Climate-KIC activities.
EIT Climate-KIC RIS Hubs
The EIT Climate-KIC Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) is our flagship initiative active in Southern, Central and Eastern European countries where EIT Climate-KIC does not operate through office structures. It ensures EIT Climate-KIC’s pan-European reach and boosting climate innovation capacity across the continent. All EIT Communities undertake a “place-based” innovation approach and engage local organisations to serve as EIT Hubs in EIT RIS countries and regions. Local organisations are selected through an open competitive selection process, and are designated to function as an EIT Hub for a specific EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community.
EIT RIS Hubs aim to be catalysts for the innovation communities in each country by boosting the innovation ecosystem and working with: cities and regions, social movements and NGOs, policymakers, start-ups and established businesses, youth and professionals, education and research institutions and other relevant organisations across sectoral divides.
EIT Climate-KIC Hubs –whose members can be partners or external organisations—are composed of entities representing the business sector, education, research, governmental or civil society and their primary roles are:
- Ensure the visibility of the EIT Community and raise awareness of activities and cooperation opportunities for local players representing education, business and research areas, and attracting and facilitating the engagement of new participants in EIT KIC activities.
- Liaise with the relevant national, regional and local authorities and facilitate the sharing of EIT Innovation Community expertise with them.
- Co-lead with EIT Climate-KIC the development of the local innovation ecosystem and the creation of solid portfolio of activities to trigger climate action at scale and build a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society with a net-zero emissions economy by 2050.
For this, they carry out the following main tasks:
- Identify and map relevant local stakeholders across the Knowledge Triangle and closely cooperate with them, emphasising local, regional and national authorities.
- Function as the interaction point between EIT Climate-KIC and local stakeholders.
- Organise regular events and outreach activities to inform local stakeholders how to get involved in EIT Climate-KIC activities and engage them.
- Source local talent (students, start-ups, innovators) and enable them to participate in EIT Climate-KIC activities.
- Cooperate with other EIT Hubs (both internationally – within EIT Climate-KIC – and nationally – cross-KIC) as necessary and regularly participate in EIT Climate-KIC organised meetings and calls to refine EIT RIS strategy and goals further.
- Provide EIT Climate-KIC with access to local, regional and national authorities and policymakers.
- Participate in high-level events to present the EIT RIS to relevant stakeholders and networks in Brussels and across Europe.
- Develop intelligence on EU, regional and national funding instruments and how these can be synergised with EIT RIS.
EIT Climate-KIC Hubs are acting as the main local ‘champions’ in the EIT RIS countries
EIT Climate-KIC Malta Hub
Malta, with a unique geographical setting, is highly susceptible to climate change and its effects. The Maltese government has identified innovation as one of the key ingredients to not only come up with necessary solutions to climate change but also for catching up with other smaller European Union member states in terms of industrial and academic performance. Malta’s involvement in the EIT RIS helps develop the country’s local innovation ecosystem while boosting its potential to tackle the adverse effects of climate change.
While EIT Climate-KIC has been working since 2010, its activities reached Malta in 2016 when the EIT Climate-KIC Hub was established.
In 2019, the Hub expanded and welcomed two new organisations: Aquabiotech and the current Hub Coordinator, Malta College of Art Science and Technology (MCAST). Together, these entities are working towards implementing strategic programmes in education and entrepreneurship. The Hub is working closely with key stakeholders, including the Ministry for Environment, Climate Change and Planning (MECP) to achieve national environmental and climate targets and boost Malta’s capacity to take on innovative projects whilst creating links among local entities working towards similar climate goals. More information here.
Call opening: Thursday 9 September 2021.
Call closing: Sunday 3 October 2021 at 23:59 CEST.
Events & information sessions:
You may wish to discuss your idea with EIT Climate-KIC Malta Hub or EIT Climate-KIC RIS Team before preparing a proposal. If you are unsure who to contact, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
This call is designed to expand the EIT Climate-KIC Malta Hub, and it is a one-stage full proposal submission with a two-phase assessment process. Only organisations based in MALTA are eligible to apply under the current call.
How to apply
This call is designed to expand the EIT Climate-KIC Malta Hub and it is a one-stage full proposal submission with two-phase assessment process. The proposal form, as provided in Annex 1 and also available in Word format below, is the document that all applicants must use for their proposal. This form will also be used to verify eligible candidates. The form is mandatory and sets out the eligibility and selection criteria which EIT Climate-KIC will apply for the purposes of eliminating ineligible and/or unqualified applicants.
Proposals submitted in any other format than the mandatory Proposal Form shall not be accepted. EIT Climate-KIC may seek evidence at a later date to confirm applicants’ answers.
Proposals can be submitted at any time from the launch of the call until Sunday 3 October at 23:59 CEST.
All applications must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in the email subject line EIT Climate-KIC Malta Hub Extension and your organisation name, following this example format: “EIT Climate-KIC Malta Hub Extension [name of organisation]”.
- Read the relevant Call to Action and Guidelines (below)
- You may wish to discuss your idea with EIT Climate-KIC Malta Hub or EIT Climate-KIC before preparing a proposal. If you are unsure who to contact, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- All applications must be submitted via email to email@example.com. Please indicate in the email subject line EIT Climate-KIC Malta Hub Extension and your organisation name, following this example format: “EIT Climate-KIC Malta Hub Extension [name of organisation]”.
- All applications should be written in English.