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Sectors: Environment, Innovation, Local development, Town planning

Beneficiaries: Civil Society Organisations, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, SMEs

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for Proposals

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Horizon 2020 – Deep Demonstrations of Change – 2020
Funds for: identifying Partners and other applicants interested in working with us in the role of Designer/Co Designer; and supporting system innovation and help with the ‘Intent’ and in particular the ‘Frame’ activity of the Deep Demonstration design process that expressly support work into 2020

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives:
* To identify Partners and other applicants interested in working with us in the role of Designer/Co Designer;
* To support system innovation and help with the ‘Intent’ and in particular the ‘Frame’ activity of the Deep Demonstration design process that expressly support work into 2020
* To reaffirm direction and scoped needs, vision and objectives for systemic change and ultimately to agree to work together on a Deep Demonstration innovation portfolio;
* To define the field for innovation action, building understanding through positioning hypotheses, design principles, choice, exploration and discovery of new possibilities and unexpected approaches rather than running straight to solutions

Priorities:
* Healthy, clean cities
– To help cities advance from their current climate activities through a strategic and intentionally designed portfolio of transformational experiments;
– To achieve impacts at scales consistent with targets needed for 1.5-degree climate imperatives

* Just transformations of coal and industry regions
– Transforming these regions in a way that will provide environmental, economic and social prosperity must be just and inclusive;
– Enabling the pursuit of a fair and decarbonised future through innovation in heavy industry regions that intrinsically considers the inhabitants whose livelihoods are highly vulnerable necessitates a just transformation to deliver both environmental and human rights to the citizens;
– Ensuring the inclusiveness of the structural change process;

* Net-Zero Emissions, Maritime Hubs 
–  Mobilise, coordinate and inspire local actors in the respective regions;
–  Co-ordinate efforts at the local level (placed-based) whilst ensuring a multi-dimensional approach of broader change at a higher systems level;

* Circular, regenerative economy
–  To pioneer new, innovative, holistic thinking in way that simulates closed-loop systems design that maintains the value of resources, materials, products at all stages of a biological or technical life-cycle whilst simultaneously reducing environmental impact and enhancing the regeneration of natural assets;
– Understanding the systems and dynamics at work as well as work already undertaken;
– Identifying the right parties, establishing trust, finding a common language and working with challenge owners to deeply commit and take ownership

* Forging resilient regions 
–  Transformation of a cohort of vulnerable regions in Europe from hazard-by-hazard risk reduction practices to a state where people, communities, and systems are able to withstand and bounce back from shocks, persist through slow-onset stresses and transform through crises

* Long-termism
–  Transformation of mindsets and the establishment of mechanisms to enable shifting towards long-term thinking to enable and facilitate sustainable behaviours and investments into sustainability 
– Experiment around systemic levers for change using cutting edge technology and new ways of thinking in an experimental, evidence-based and co-creative process

* Transforming landscapes from carbon sources to carbon sinks
– Demonstrate that holistic approaches can be implemented to make land and its ecosystems play their role in addressing climate change and to help territories meet carbon neutrality 
–  Tackle a lack of investment, forge new social contracts with soil and forests, and to line-up value-chain incentives

* Decarbonizing Food Systems and Healthy Diets
– Demonstrating the shift towards sustainable food systems which can feed the future generations within planetary
boundaries and without compromising human health;
– Create transformative changes across the whole food supply chain, from field to fork

* Deep Demonstration Cross-Cutting Activity
–  Encouraging unusual actors to bring diverse and alternative perspectives that cover multiple levers of change in the development of Intent and Frame activity 

Among Financed actions:
* Healthy, Clean Cities
– Proponent capabilities to contribute to strategic innovation, with relevant examples and documented impacts (include brief professional profiles);
– Experience contributing to effective co-creation processes in relevant areas of work;
– Articulation of urban transformation perspectives that reflect proponent capabilities and experience  – Preliminary information on costs of engagement – we encourage identification of costs on a ‘per city’ basis, with clarity around the ability to contribute to multiple cities in parallel processes

* Just transformations of coal and industry regions
– In Emilia-Romagna Region: implementation of the methodology, engaging wide and diverse stakeholder groups and forming a vision and mission for the Just Transformation of the region
– In the City of Rybnik, Silesia: implementation of the methodology, engaging wide and diverse stakeholder groups and forming a vision and mission for the Just Transformation of the region;
– In Mondragon Valley: implementation of the methodology and strengthen a vision and mission for the Just Transformation of the region;
– Capabilities for data collection and analysis (big data/ data mining);
– Gender, youth, migration, employment/unemployment dynamics associated with decarbonization with regards but not limited to; labour market transformation, job opportunities, fuel/energy challenges, role of women, youth, active citizenship, migrants in decision forming and making process, identity and values, as well as any other pertinent equity implications

* Net-Zero Emissions, Maritime Hubs  
– Bring capabilities in systems thinking, future literacy or similar; 
– Produce data/reports/analysis to support decision-making and future outlook for the Maritime Hubs Deep Demonstration;
– Support the challenge owners and the designers with information on how climate change will impact the marine environment and the maritime sector in general and what are the adaptation needs and opportunities that we are presented with

*Circular, Regenerative Economy 
– Coordinating efforts at the local level;
– Bring competency to complex solutions in and having a proven track record of policy innovation and stakeholder engagement

* Forging resilient regions 
– Systemic risk analysis, experimentation in complex systems, participatory facilitation, creative process design, gaming and arts for stakeholder engagement, political economy mapping, and power and governance structure analysis

* Transforming Landscapes from Carbon Sources to Carbon Sinks
– Describe the physical system and differentiate/integrate the different land uses and their functions in terms of:
– Capturing carbon from the atmosphere and sequestrating it (in various biomass compartments);
– Storing carbon in harvested and transformed products;
– Contributing to GHG emissions or to their reduction;
– Map the key stakeholders and their roles in the organisation and transformation of the landscape;  
– Develop scenarios and possible options for the transformation of the landscapes with key stakeholders; 
– Select one (or two scenarios) and map the systemic transformations, analysing the drivers and feedback loops that are critical to ensure the adequate functioning of the landscape and its transformation to an effective carbon sink

* Long-termism
–  Reforming the financial system in order to release the needed capital to invest into climate action and sustainability;
– Transparent information, incentives, capability building e.g. futures literacy, and empowerment that can contribute to effective decision making at the individual level and also strengthen collective action;
– Creation of new democratic spaces, and work with existing collective networks to create the groundswell pressure for change, as well as reinstate accountability in the financial systems and at the regulatory level

* Transforming Landscapes from Carbon Sources to Carbon Sinks 
– Link new designing capabilities and extend our current capacity to leverage change with the Landscapes Deep Demonstration in order to ensure robust portfolio design activities in 2020;
– Capabilities around systems thinking, new and robust technology experiments, and policy innovation

* Decarbonizing Food Systems and Healthy Diets 
– Make the hypotheses of change more robust, through robust system definitions and system boundaries; 
– Identify learnings about transformational leverage points;
– Testing and applying methods and alternative input that can enhance sustainability of end products by changing food processing and food supply chains including packaging and food waste;
– Working on policies as vehicles to promote sustainable change

* Deep Demonstration Cross-Cutting Activity
– Encourage connectivity that enables identification of multiplier effects and integrated solutions;
– Understand and learn from/about multiple possibilities;
– Allow for learning about systemic leverage points, integration effects, pathways to scaling and transformation potential;
– Help grow a network of innovation relationships and connections with understanding of local needs and territories

Additional inoformation
* This call for proposal is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: N/A

* Eligibility:
– Countries participating in the KIC Climate

> Just Transformations of Coal and Industry Regions
– Demonstrations of interest are also welcomed for: private sector actors (including industry or mining groups), trade unions and workers association, investors or civil society groups interested in partnering with EIT Climate-KIC and joining the Just Transformations movement as challenge owner

> Net-Zero Emissions, Maritime Hubs
– Demonstrations of interest are also welcomed for: ports and shipping industry stakeholders across Europe, who are ambitious, eager to move forward with systemic transformation and open to new possibilities for reducing their carbon footprint

> Circular, Regenerative Economy
– Demonstrations of interest are also welcomed for: countries, cities, regions, industry, etc from across Europe, who are ambitious, eager to move forward with systemic transformation and open to explore new possibilities to radically decarbonise current economic, political and societal models using circular, regenerative principles and concepts

> Forging Resilient Regions
– Demonstrations of interest are also welcomed for:  partnerships/ proposals from new challenge owners (regional governments) and local codesigners (embedded within those regions) seeking to work with EIT Climate-KIC and the Deep Demonstration process on their regional transformation over the coming three years

> Long-termism
– Demonstrations of interest are also welcomed for:  civil society movements representing nature, the bottom billion, and the future generations, as well as those with most leverage such as leaders and decision makers in the finance and policy space, Nation States and international influencers in creative and cultural institutions

> Transforming Landscapes from Carbon Sources to Carbon Sinks
– Demonstrations of interest are also welcomed for: challenge owners that manage and work with highly vulnerable landscapes, or landscapes that have high potential for becoming carbon sinks, land management authorities, regional governments, European bodies, private sector, civil society, farmer trade unions, landscapes cooperatives and associations, or investors interested in partnering with EIT Climate-KIC and joining the Landscapes as Carbon Sinks Deep Demonstration

> Decarbonizing Food Systems and Healthy Diets
– Demonstrations of interest are also welcomed for: challenge-owners with interest in shifting our food systems towards sustainability for the benefit of the planet and its inhabitants through deploying innovation experiments addressing dysfunctional parts of the current food system from several angles,  local authorities, European bodies, private sector, civil society, farmer trade unions, agricultural cooperatives and associations, or investors interested in partnering with EIT Climate-KIC and joining the Deep Demonstration of Decarbonizing Food Systems and Healthy Diets

– Actions must take place in the European Union