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Launch of Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus Call for Proposals for Citizen Engagement

EIT Food will capitalise on existing citizen-centred engagement programmes aligned with the NEB mission.

21 Jun 2021

The New European Bauhaus initiative (NEB) is an environmental, social, and cultural initiative that complements the European Green Deal and combines aesthetic experience, sustainability, and inclusivity. For this Cross-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) NEB activity, EIT Food will capitalise on existing citizen-centred engagement programmes aligned with the NEB mission.

The aim of this Cross-KIC NEB Call for proposals is to work on activities where citizens and end-users are not only asked to identify relevant challenges of their city, but also empowered to co-create together potential solutions in an ideation process.

Eligible Topics

The Cross-KIC group proposes to develop activities in cities and regional areas to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between people across Europe and to create interdisciplinary projects addressing sustainability, quality of experience and inclusiveness. With this approach, some topics have been identified as Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus Challenges for this call:

1. Green transition through architectural, cultural, and historic sites:

  • 1.1 Natural building materials and energy efficiency, including refurbishment of existing, historic buildings. (EIT Climate-KIC)
  • 1.2 Sustainable alternatives for hardscapes as urban spaces, naturalisation of degraded public areas, green areas, biodiversity, green and blue infrastructures, and urban furniture as assets promoting active mobility, improving citizen well-being and mitigating heat island effects. (EIT Urban Mobility)
  • 1.3 Urban farming and regenerative agriculture to reduce emissions and foster the relationship between city and farmer. (EIT Food)

2. Towards circularity and urban resilience:

  • 2.1 Enhancement of public realm, accessibility, and interconnection through active mobility modalities, to mitigate air pollution and improve physical and mental health. (EIT Urban Mobility)
  • 2.2 Circular economy through actions sticking to the principles of the food waste hierarchy and efficient reutilization of bio-products and bio waste, achieving emissions and waste reduction and fostering the second life of products. (Includes tech solutions on safe ‘clean packaging’, smart waste management system). (EIT Food)

3. Ensuring affordability and accessibility to all:

  • 3.1 Energy communities to ensure comfort living at affordable prices through multi-disciplinary retrofitting teams. (EIT Climate-KIC)
  • 3.2 Universal mobility as a key enabler for social inclusion. Everyone should be able to move freely within cities regardless of gender, race, beliefs, or disability (barrier-free access). (EIT Urban Mobility)

The Call aims to select one proposal for each of the above-identified challenge areas, thus awarding seven projects in total. Each successful proposal will be awarded up to 15,000€. The KICs reserve the right to fund more than one proposal under a specific challenge when the number and/or quality of proposals received across the range of challenges do not meet the necessary criteria. Challenges are aimed to be holistic and cross-sectorial, however, each challenge will be led by the KIC with the most relevant expertise as indicated in brackets above.

Details of Cross KIC NEB Call:

Call document with all the details: available below.
List of documents to be submitted with the application form: available below.

Budget allocation 15.000 EUR per the proposal, up to a maximum of 7 proposals

Evaluation criteria 30% Overall quality of the application

40% Expected impact of the project
20% Innovative aspects of the proposal
10% Expertise and previous experience

Based on ranking, the geographical spread within the European Union will also be considered.


Dates Call opening: 21 June 2021
Call info session: 1 July 2021 at 10:00 CET (register here )
Closing call: 20 August 2021 (23:59 CET)

Eligibility and admissibility check: 21 – 24 August 2021
Evaluation: 25 – 30 August 2021
Communication of results to the participants: 31 August 2021

Start of project: 10- 15 September (latest)
Finalise project: 25 November 2021 (latest)

Please email your proposal:

  • addressing challenges led by EIT Urban Mobility (1.2, 2.1 and 3.2) to:
  • addressing challenges led by EIT Climate-KIC (1.1 and 3.1) to:
  • addressing challenges led by EIT Food (1.3 and 2.2) to:
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