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EIT call for KIC proposals opens in February

9 Jan 2014

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is set to launch five new Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).

The themes for the two new KICs to be established in 2014 are:

  • Innovation for healthy living and active ageing
  • Raw materials: Sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution. 

The 2014 call opens on 14 February and closes on 10 September. The EIT will also organise an ‘Information Day’ in Budapest on 14 March 2014. The funding decisions will be made by the end of the year.

“During the course of Horizon 2020, the EIT will increase the number of KICs from three to eight. The EU will provide a total of EUR 2.7 billion in KIC funding. These communities are a means to enable collaboration between research organisations, business companies and other partners. They promote the transformation of research into innovation and ideas into products and services to help boost European competitiveness,” explains Professor Marja Makarow, Vice President for Research at the Academy of Finland and member of the EIT’s Governing Board.

At present, there are three KICs, launched in 2010: Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy. One of the centres in the EIT ICT Labs network operates in a laboratory jointly run by Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Nokia Research Centre on Aalto’s Otaniemi campus. The three remaining upcoming KICs are Food4Future, Added-value Manufacturing and Urban Mobility.

More information:

            -Innovation for healthy living and active ageing, see pages 61–69 (Fact
            Sheet 1)

            -Raw materials: Sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling
             and substitution, see pages 70–77 (Fact Sheet 2)

            -Food4Future, Added-value Manufacturing and Urban Mobility, see pages
             77–100 

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