The Cross-KIC project around the circular economy gives an operational portfolio overview of the EIT community efforts in the Circular Economy Framework. Besides tracking the existing activities and recognising the strategies to undertake in the years to come, the project also aims to strengthen relationships with civil society and institutional partners engaged in the transition towards a circular economy.
More in detail, this xKIC collaboration aims to establish debates among the different EIT KICs on how to articulate the internal collaboration, on how to develop a joint offer and increase the visibility of the KICs on the topic of Circular Economy.
The xKIC launched a call along 2020, which was won by the Danish Technical University, to track the efforts of the EIT community in terms of Circular Economy. This analysis has led to a strategic report that identifies gaps and opportunities, providing EIT with a pathway to follow.
Another goal of the group is to strengthen and improve the coordination and the collaboration with the European Commission services, mainly through the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) and the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV), and with other relevant stakeholders and initiatives belonging to the civil society.
2021 - Cross-KIC Circular Economy Calls for ETV and Circular Economy SME's
In 2021, two new calls have been launched to strengthen the collaboration of internal and external activities related to the Circular Economy.
Call for Environmental Technology Verification
Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) is a tool designed to help innovative environmental technologies access the market. It consists of the verification, on a voluntary basis, of the functional and environmental performance of technology by qualified third parties, through tests of controlled quality. The call is open to any partner and startup of participating EIT Community (EIT RawMaterials, EIT Climate KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT UrbanMobility) with a technology included in any of the previously defined areas that has been supported in any ongoing or finished demonstration project.
The maximum funding will be 60.000 euros. Learn more about the call and ETV by joining a webinar happening on 29 April from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. CEST. For more information, please visit our website.
Call for Circular Economy SME's
The small size of circular SME's means that they face unique challenges on the path to closing loops and improving resource efficiency. The six KICs involved in this Cross-KIC initiative are a diverse set of publicly and privately funded bodies uniquely positioned to tackle the above barriers for the circular economy adoption by SMEs. The overall aim of this call is to enable the joint competencies and capacities of the KICs to help solve a more systemic circularity in an orchestrated effort as well as possible specific approaches towards circularity in SMEs.
The maximum project cost will be € 85.000,00. All existing partners of participating EIT Community (EIT RawMaterials, EIT Climate KIC, EIT Digital, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT UrbanMobility) are eligible to apply. For more information, please visit our website.