Following months of preparations and proposal evaluations, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) today announced the winning team set to build EIT Culture & Creativity.

The Institute’s ninth Innovation Community is designed to strengthen and transform Europe’s Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI) by connecting creatives and organisations to Europe’s largest innovation network.  The new pan-European partnership can expect to split approximately EUR 300 million of EIT funding under Horizon Europe (dedicated funding for two new EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities to be launched during the 2021-2027 EU funding period) with the possibility to leverage more funds from the private and public sector.

To address these challenges, the EIT launched a Call for Proposals in October 2021 inviting applicants to submit their vision for how EIT Culture & Creativity will transform Europe’s CCSIs. The winning team, ICE- Innovation by Creative Economy consists of 50 partners from 20 countries, including Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (lead coordinator), Philips Design, Tartu University, the European Broadcasting Union and Junior Achievement Bulgaria, amongst others.

To facilitate EIT Culture & Creativity’s establishment, the EIT will provide the winning partnership with a start-up grant of up to EUR 6 million to ensure they become fully operational as soon as possible. To learn more about the unique model behind EIT Innovation Communities please read the EIT Innovation Model publication.

To read more and see the full list of winning team, please visit the website of EIT.