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EIT – Call for Proposals 2021 for a new EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in the Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI) – 2021

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027. The EIT has set up 8 Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC), each tackling a specific global challenge, from climate change to sustainable energy and urban mobility to digitisation of our societies. As set out in the EIT’s strategy for 2021 to 2027, the Institute will launch a new Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) dedicated to the Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI).

6 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


To invite consortia to submit proposals for how they envision the new EIT Culture & Creativity KIC.


Priority 1 – KIC excellence

Priority 2 – KIC implementation

Priority 3 – KIC impact

Among financed actions

  • Establishment of legal structures, including the set-up of the KIC Legal Entity, recruitment and appointment of a CEO and other core staff, coordination and signature of the internal agreements formalising the engagement of partner organisations
  • Setting up key business processes and establish internal policies; preparation of the first KIC Business Plan
  • Initial higher education, research and innovation, business creation, Cross-KIC and RIS activities that directly contribute to the rolling out of the first KIC Business Plan

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: until the end of the start-up period (December 2023)


  • Be a legal person
  • Be a public or private entity
  • A consortium composed of at least three independent partner organisations established in at least three different Member States, where at least two thirds of the partner organisations forming the consortium are established in different Member States must be constituted
  • A consortium must include at least one higher education institution one research institution and one private company
  • The proposal must be submitted by a consortium containing a maximum of 50 partners
  • Amount of the grant: up to 6 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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