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The European Commission plans to set-up a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for raw materials (sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution of raw materials) during 2014.

A KIC is a highly integrated, creative and excellence-driven partnership which brings together the fields of education, technology, research, business and entrepreneurship, in order to produce new innovations and new innovation models that inspire others to emulate it. They are to become key drivers of sustainable economic growth and competitiveness across Europe through world-leading innovation. The KICs will be driving effective “translation” between partners in ideas, technology, culture, and business models, and will create new business for existing industry and for new endeavours.

KICs are legally and financially structured entities of internationally distributed but thematically convergent partners. These partners involve key actors from the three sides of the knowledge triangle: research, higher education, and innovation-entrepreneurship-business. KICs build innovative webs of excellence across the knowledge triangle with the intention of addressing key societal challenges. KICs must address a long-term horizon of 7 to 15 years, but with short-, mid- and long terms objectives that follow the mission of the KIC.

To assist potential applicants with the preparation of proposals, the EIT had published a number of documents earlier this year, including Selection Criteria for new KICs, Framework of Guidance for the current call and the EIT Financial Regulation. Furthermore, an Information Day will be held in Budapest on 14 March 2014 where further support will be available to applicants willing to submit their proposals before the call deadline on 10 September 2014.
Further information
Detailed information about the call for new KICs and all relevant documents are available at: