European Institute of Innovation and Technology

European Institute of Innovation and Technology
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) brings together the brightest minds in education, research and innovation. The EIT acts as an umbrella organisation of Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) in the fields of climate change, renewable energies and information and communication technologies. KICs enjoy a great degree of autonomy: they offer memberships, initiate calls and tenders and offer their own education and training programmes.
Owner of programme / investor
Target group -
Topic Information technology, Environment and energy
Type of service Funding
Förderinstrument Horizon 2020 - Beteiligungsregeln
FFG Unit of organisation European and international programmes
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The aim of the EIT is to strengthen the innovative capacityof the Member States and thus contribute to sustainable economic growth in Europe. This mission is achieved by integrating the three sides of the ‘knowledge triangle’(education, research, innovation) in so-called Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), where interdisciplinary teams from universities, research centres and businesses conduct top-level research.

The main task of the KICsis to conduct innovation-driven top-level researchin fields of key economic and societal interest and to disseminate best practice methods in the innovation sector with the potential to enhance Europe’s competitive edge. They are independent in their internal structure and management and address a long-term horizon of seven to fifteen years. KICs determine their internal organisation and composition, their schedules and work methods themselves. KICs include organisationsactive within the knowledge triangle of higher education, research and innovation,but must include at least three partner organisationsbased in at least two different Member States.

Young scientific talentis given the opportunity to obtain academic degrees and diplomas from the participating universities in accordance with national regulations and admissions procedures. The agreements between the EIT and the KICs shall provide that these degrees and diplomas are also regarded as EIT degrees and diplomas.

Existing KICs


The Council and the European Parliament have informally agreed on the topics of five KICs: in 2014, the European Institute of Innovation and Technologylaunched calls for two KICs in "Healthy living and active ageing"and"Raw materials". The "Raw materials" call was won by the "KIC Raw MatTERS"consortium, which established EIT Raw Materials. This is the first Austrian participation in a Knowledge and Innovation Community.


EIT: Upcoming 2016 and 2018 calls for KIC proposals

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology(EIT) has published information on calls for  another two Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) on “Food4future: sustainable supply chain from resources to consumers” and “Added-value manufacturing”.

Publication of the Framework of Guidance andthe Selection Criteria is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015. The Call will be launched in the first quarter of 2016 via the Participant Portal. Changes will also be introduced to the selection process, which will include three selection criteria with simplified sub-criteria and more detailed information on the governance model and financial sustainability of the KICs. The new regulations specify a maximum of 50 partners and up to 5 Co-location Centres per KIC.
For more information see the presentation "EIT: Call 2016 key assumptions" (pdf)

Another call is planned for 2018, addressing the topic of "Urban mobility". More detailed information can be found in the EIT’s "Strategic Innovation Agenda" (SIA).