27 Oct 2021
EIT opens call for new KIC for Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries
On 26 October 2021, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) opened a Call for Proposals to create a new sustainable innovation partnership to strengthen Europe’s Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI). The Call for Proposals invites consortia of organisations and CCSI industry and sectoral leaders bringing together education, research and business to put forward their vision and strategy for EIT Culture & Creativity, the new Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) that will drive the competitiveness and sustainable development of Europe’s CCSI. With the possibility to leverage more funds from the private and public sector, approximately EUR 300 million of funding under Horizon Europe is available for two new EIT KICs to be launched during the 2021-2027 EU funding period.
The EIT has already established eight KICs, with KIC Culture and Creativity being the ninth. The new partnership will help accelerate CCSI’ recovery and unlock untapped economic opportunities in creative fields such as architecture, cultural heritage, design, fashion, film, music, publishing, performing arts and video games. Through successful innovations and contributions from third parties, the partnership is expected to become financially sustainable over time beyond the period supported by EIT funding.
CCSI are among Europe’s leading job providers, with the potential to provide solutions to some of society’s most pressing socio-economic issues. Blocking the way are regional gaps, structural challenges and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. EIT Culture & Creativity will help unite cultural and creative organisations from business, higher education, and research in a sustainable pan-European innovation partnership. It will train the sector’s future entrepreneurs, power its cutting-edge ventures, and deliver innovative products and services to the challenges facing the sectors. The new community also aims to boost integration of the cultural and creative sectors into regional and local development strategies, thereby stimulating the development of creative businesses, supporting investment in human capital and bringing spill-over effects into wider local markets.
To provide interested applicants with more information about the upcoming Call for Proposals, the EIT has announced that it will be hosting a series of webinars in November and December 2021. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the EIT’s innovation model and gain insight into how an EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community fosters innovation. Interested organisations are also invited to connect on the designated networking platform.
The deadline for submitting applications for the call for proposal for EIT Culture & Creativity is Thursday 24 March 2022 17:00 CET.
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