I read today the following tweet
Provisional agreement themes KIC: 2014: Raw Materials & Healthy Living; 2016: FOOD & Added Value Manufacturing; 2018: Urban Mobility.#H2020
— Linze Rijswijk (@linzelive) June 26, 2013
and I wondered what are the KICs in the context of Horizon2020. Everything is explained on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) website:
Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) are the independent but operational part of the EIT, the part that puts the innovation web into practise. They are highly integrated, creative and excellence-driven partnerships that bring 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. The relationship between the KICs and the EIT in Budapest is organised on a contractual basis, leaving a great degree of autonomy to the KICs to define their own legal status, internal organisation and working methods.
- Climate KIC (Climate Change)
- EIT ICT Labs (Information and Communication Technologies)
- KIC InnoEnergy (Sustainable Energy)
And according to that tweet there will be three more in the context of Horizon2020.