Knowledge and Innovation Communities – KICs

Their task is to operate top innovation-oriented research in the areas of central economic and social interest and spread model processes in the innovation sector, which have the potential to improve Europe's international competitive ability. The KICs indepedently determine their internal organization and makeup as well as the schedule and work methods. Participants in a KICs can be organizations, which are active in the knowledge triad of university education, research, and innovation. However, at least three partner organizations, located in at least two different EU members states, must be involved.

Projects that are strongly application oriented are generally at the basis of KIC projects, since they can already act a high technology readiness level or TRL. However, it is also possible to have projects funded in the field of teaching – for example massive open online courses or MOOCs – or in entrepreneurship – for example when founding a start up. The types of funding and conditions are different for every KIC.

There are currently a total of five KICs in the following fields:

  • Climate change, Climate-KIC
  • Information and communication technology, EIT Digital
  • Innovative energies, KIC InnoEnergy
  • Health, EIT Health
  • Raw materials, KIC EIT Raw Materials

Other KICs to follow:

  • Added-Value Manufacturing, 2018
  • Urban Mobility, 2018
KIC Acronym Title Coordinator
Climate-KIC MUNEP 2 Planning Tool and Engineering Services for Electrification Prof. Dr. Jens Uwe Sauer
enCO2re Teilprojekt Cross-linkable CO2-Polyether Polyols - CroCO2PETs Prof. Dr. André Bardow /Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries / Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann / Prof. Dr. Walter Leitner
EIT Health MACH Mobile Autonomy for Children in End-stage Heart Failure Therapy PD Dr. Andreas Goetzenich
HealthBed Unobtrusive Monitoring of Health-related Parameters in the Bed Environment Prof. Dr. Steffen Leonhardt
RAMSES Remote Access to Medical Information on Smartphones During Emergencies and Health Crises Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
i-days Innovation Days Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
ADAPT Airway Disease Analysis and Prevention Prof. Dr. Thomas Kraus
COSMO@HOME Preparing Children at HOME for MR Scanning Prof. Dr. Ingrid Isenhardt
SeizeIT2 Discrete personalized epileptic seizure detection device PD Dr. Rainer Surges
HOMECARE@COPD RAS-Q: Bringing Care Home for COPD Patients Dr. Carina Benstöm
MARNIE Merging Augmented Reality & Neurostimulation to Improve Enacting Prof. Dr. Ingrid Isenhardt
CEMACUBE EIT Track EIT label for CEMACUBE EIT Entrepreneur Track Prof. Dr. Khosrow Mottaghy
SensUs SensUs Innovators Prof. Dr. Sven Ingebrandt
EIT Raw Materials


Hydraulic Collector for Polymetallic Nodules from the Deepsea Prof. Dr. Hermann Wotruba
WhISPER Waterless Iron Silicate Production with Energy Recovery Prof. Dr. Peter Letmathe
MiReBooks Mixed Reality Handbooks for Mining Education Prof. Dr. Ingrid Isenhardt
EMC-GCP European Mining Course Game Changer Program Prof. Dr. Ingrid Isenhardt
PreFlex Pre-treatment and Physical Separation of Complex Low Grade Ores and Residues Prof. Dr. Thomas Pretz
DOCSUMSquare EIT Raw Materials PhD Summer School Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel
eMentor Entrepreneurship Mentor Network in Raw Materials Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel
PyroFlex Network on Pyrometallurgical Expertise and Infrastructure for Residue Treatment Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
WEEE Idea Camp Next Steps in Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Closing the Loop Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
Electro Flex (Bio) Electrochemical Extraction and Recovery of Metal from Low-Grade Ores and Residues Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
SolvoFlex Solvometallurgy Infrastructure and Expertise Network Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
Visual3D Visualisation of 3D–4D Models in Exploration and Geosciences Prof. Dr. Florian Wellmann
INTUITION Information Capturing of Industrial Needs and Solutions in the Metallurgical Value Chain Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
4L-Alloys Life Long Learning on Light Alloys: From Raw Materials to Sustainable Products Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Bühring-Polaczek
OptaRec Optimising the Tantalum Recycling Process through Conditioning of Raw Materials, Process Automation and Material Logistics Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
NetFlot Network of Infrastructure: Kompetenzbereich Flotation Prof. Dr. Hermann Wotruba
EIT-labelled European Mining Course Master Education: Auszeichnung des Master-Studienganges European Mining Course (EMC) mit den Themenbereichen Gebirgsmechanik, Nachhaltigkeit/Bergwerksplanung zu Geostatistik sowie Projektmanagement/ BWL Prof. Dr. Bernd Lottermoser
VR-Mine Master Education: Entwicklung und Integration eines VR (Virtual Reality)-Tools in die Vorlesungsräume des European Mining Course (EMC) Prof. Dr. Bernd Lottermoser
UNDROMEDA Upscaling: Entwicklung eines Robotersystems zur autonomen Durchführung von Überwachungs- und 3D-Kartierungsarbeiten Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen
AutoBoltReload Upscaling: Entwicklung eines automatisierten Systems zum Nachladen des Magazins mit Ankern in der Sicherung von Bergwerken und Tunneldecken Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen
MaMMa Upscaling: Entwicklung eines kombinierten cyber-physischen Softwaresystems zur Verbesserung der gesamten Minenwartung Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen
CDIO II Master Education: Durchführung von “faculty development courses” zur Schulung und Inspiration von Dozenten für die Lehre im Rohstoffbereich Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen
eMentor Entrepreneurial Support Services: Entrepreneurship Mentor Network in Raw Materials Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
SlagVal Upscaling: Slag Valorisation for Multi Metal Recovery and Mineral Resource Production Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
PCRec-Net (WEEE)-Network of Infrastructure: Kompetenzbereich Recyclingverfahren WEEE (Elektro-/Elektronik- und Batterieschrotte) Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
DOCSUMCube Entrepreneurial Support Services: DOCSUMCube. EIT Raw Materials PhD Summer School – Entrepreneurship in the Circular Economy Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
AWARD Wider Society Learning: RM Documentary: A Series of RM Documentaries Followed by Interactive Workshops Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
RM@Schools Wider Society Learning: Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools 3.0 Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
CircularSerbia Regional Innovation Schemes: Benefits from Cooperations Between EU Recycling Sector and Serbian Industry Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
TalkNerdyToMe PhD Education: Talk Nerdy To Me - Increase Impact of your Research Through Effective Communication Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
SafeMine PhD Education: Einrichtung einer Graduate School zum Thema Arbeitssicherheit und Gesundheitsschutz in der Bergbauindustrie Prof. Dr. Bernd Lottermoser


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