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Deadline: Sep 21, 2022  
- 37 days

 Start Up
 Education and Training
 Horizon Europe


A successful completion of the start-up phase and the endorsement of the main results of the start-up phase by the EIT Governing Board in Q4 of 2023 will serve as a pre-condition for the award of the 7-year Partnership Agreement between the KIC and EIT.


The objective of the start-up grant is to contribute to setting up a legal and operational framework of the newly designated KIC.

The designated KIC consortium shall achieve operational and legal readiness, set up strategies, rules and procedures for its long-term partnership growth, as well as develop KIC’s communication policy contributing to the EIT visibility.


Following the EIT Call for Proposals 2021 for a new EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in the Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI) and in accordance with the conditions laid therein, on 22 June 2022 the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) designated a consortium ‘Innovation for Creative Economy (ICE)’, proposal number 101089436, as the new KIC called ‘EIT Culture & Creativity’ (‘EIT CC’ or ‘KIC’). Further to the EIT Single Programming Document 2022-2024, the EIT may award a start-up grant to EIT Culture & Creativity in order to support the efficient setting up of the new KIC.

The designated consortium shall submit a proposal for their Start-up Plan and the estimated budget in accordance with the conditions laid down in the "Invitation for a 2022-2023 Start-up Plan proposal and estimated budgetin the area of Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI)".

The purpose of the start-up grant is to cover activities that are necessary to setting up a KIC, covering legal, operational, governance, strategic outlook, and other aspects.

The Start-up Plan will be evaluated according to the criteria defined in the Invitation.

Expected Impact:

As the 7-year Partnership Agreement is awarded, the KIC is expected to follow a long-term innovation and impact-driven strategy, operating with a business logic and a results-oriented approach to contribute to the achievement of the EIT’s overall mission, the priorities laid down in the EIT Strategic Agenda 2021-2027 and the attainment of the general objectives established in Horizon Europe.

More specifically, the KIC is expected to create the following impact:

  • technological/economic/innovation impact by influencing the creation and growth of companies, as well as the creation of new innovative solutions to address the global challenges, creating direct and indirect jobs and mobilising additional public and private investments;
  • scientific and educational impact by, strengthening human capital in research and innovation, enhancing innovative and entrepreneurial skills both at individual and organisational levels and fostering the creation and diffusion of knowledge and innovation openly within society;
  • societal impact, including the impact derived by the delivery of systematic solutions within and beyond the EIT Community, also through Cross-KIC activities, by addressing EU policy priorities in the cultural and creative sectors and industries (CCSI) through innovative solutions, engagement with citizens and end-users and by strengthening the uptake of innovative solutions in these areas in society.

This KIC approach to building systemic impact should be aligned with and contribute to Horizon Europe impact pathway approach as well as the EIT Impact Framework KPIs.

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