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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

CLIMATE - KIC "Making a step-change in Europe's innovation capacity to meet the climate change challenge"

What is the CLIMATE - KIC?
The Climate - KIC (www.climate-kic.org) is one of the three knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) designated by the European institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), with a budget of 765 million Euros for the next four years. This initiative focuses on achieving excellence in four areas related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, highlighting the area on ADAPTATIVE WATER MANAGEMENT.
The CLIMATE - KIC consortium consists of 16 core partners, five from the academic side, one Regional Innovation and Implementation Community (RIC) which consists of Valencian Region (Spain), Central Hungary (Hungary), Lower Silesia (Poland), West Midlands (UK), Hessen (Germany) and Emilia Romagna (Italy), and ten enterprises from the corporate world.
First Wave Research and Innovation Projects of the Climate-KIC
An open call for full proposals was scheduled on May 21-2010, for funding of research and innovation projects, with a deadline on August 6-2010 although it has not been published on the Climate-KIC portal yet. A full proposal can be submitted in this period although an Expression of Interest was not previously submitted.
Four focus programmes have been identified including ADAPTATIVE WATER MANAGEMENT.
In the web portal details are given on how to submit an expression on interest which could help you to prepare a full proposal for this next call. The funding requested may be maximal 25% of the funding supplied by the Consortium.
NEW - Pioneers into Practice Programme - Expressions of Interest Call 2010/2011 - NEW
Climate - KIC is launching an exciting knowledge development programme called Pioneers into Practice, with the aim of producing a new generation of specialists, entrepreneurs and policy-makers with high-level skills for the loe carbon transition.
Participants will be required to undertake three-one month placements over a twelve-month period. The first and final placements will be in the participants regions of origin whereas the second one will take place in one of the other European regions involved in the RIC.
Participants will be required to complete a project-assignment, focused on a low carbon living and low carbon mobility initiatives, during each placement.
The last two days of each placement will allow participants to take part in intensive workshops known as "Crucibles" and every participant froma cross the six regions will also attend the Innovation festival in June in Budapest.
Overview on the activities and timetable:

Entry to the programme is open to people living, working or studying in each region, with a deadline on June 18th 2010.
Participants will receive 9.000 euros for participating in the programmme, which in most instances will be made to their employer or place of study, as well as the attendance to the annual Innovation Festival.
Further information on participation is available from the Pioneers into Practice Manager in your region or at: mirun@delcomval.be


Anonymous said...

I cannot fully understand what is the use of this thing. What is it for? What are you exactly going to do with all that money?

Administrator said...

Dear Anonymous,
The amount of 700 mill. is not money that the EU is blindly spending in the initiative but the money that the consortia is able to invest in building capacities and teach enterprises and public authorities how to face the challenge of climate change through practical initiatives.
I hope the question has been clarified now :)