EIT Climate-KIC

The purpose of EIT Climate KIC is to build a zero-carbon economy and sustainable future via Innovation Hubs which are led by universities and companies. To achieve that, the programme is divided into three sub-programmes according to the following areas of expertise:

  • Research and Innovation: offering grants to put new products in the market.
  • Education: offering courses to combine climate change science and entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurship: to provide the opportunities and the tools to new small businesses.

The topics addressed by EIT Climate-KIC are the following:

  • Cities
  • Sustainable Production Systems
  • Decision Metrics & Finance
  • Sustainable Land Use

What is the relevance for Circular Cities?

Although Climate-KIC is entirely focused on tackling climate issues, especially the topics “Urban Transitions” and “Sustainable Production Systems” match circular city initiatives well. The topic of Urban Transitions refers to the challenges of developing solutions to underpin the carbon-negative, responsive, resilient cities of the future. Sustainable Production Systems refers to the challenges of moving towards low-carbon value chains and to the European industry to transition into a circular economy.

How to apply?

Open calls for projects are published on an annual basis here external link icon.

Climate-KIC provides not only grants, but also non-financial support in the form of training external link icon, network opportunities external link icon, and a start-up programme external link icon.

Research organisations, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs are eligible for support from EIT Climate-KIC. To be eligible to receive EIT funding, however, the fund-seeker must be an EIT Climate-KIC partner. Organisations who are not (yet) an EIT Climate-KIC partner can apply to the call but are not eligible to receive funding until they have obtained the partner status. For more information on how to achieve this, please contact your national Climate-KIC office, which you can find here external link icon.