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EU, call for creating Knowledge and Innovation Communities


Last days to submit projects for the first call for proposals launched by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology, which will lead to the establishment of new Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).

The KICs are public-private partnerships which bring together actors from research, higher education and industry to stimulate innovation in Europe and are designed to be engines of ideas, technology, culture and entrepreneurship that will generate new business for industry, including SMEs.

One of their key tasks will be to foster entrepreneurial activity across traditional borders, sectors and disciplines.
The themes of the first call, wich have been selected to address some of Europe’s current key challenges, are the following:
– sustainable energy;
– climate change mitigation and adaptation;
– the future of the information and communication society.

The deadline for submission is 27 August 2009.
For more information see the Institute’s website http://eit.europa.eu/kics-call.html.

The total contribution from the Community budget to the EIT available for funding all KICs activities is expected to be around 270 million in the period 2010-2013, distributed according to the following table:
– 2010 €26m
– 2011 €55m
– 2012 €72m
– 2013 €119m

At the same time, the EIT has published a call addressed to individuals for the establishment of a database of prospective independent experts to assist the Institute with tasks in connection with the evaluation and implementation of KICs.