EIT KICs - Collaboration mechanisms in a RIS3 context (Policy support) EIT KICs - Collaboration mechanisms in a RIS3 context (Policy support)


The European Institute of Technology (EIT) and RIS3 communities aim to deal with highly similar fragmentation issues from the EU perspective. A closer collaboration between both communities thus seems like a natural match at first sight. Indeed, in both initiatives, the involvement of the knowledge triangle actors is at the core of the approach, the combination of increasing competitiveness and addressing societal challenges are parts of both their core objectives, and the creation of European-wide value chains is an essential mechanism in both initiatives to reach these objectives. More collaboration can also help moving ESIF spending for RIS3 closer to the business needs, and to bring EIT KICs closer to the public (innovation) policies of Member States and regions. In spite of the many advantages, many barriers exist for increased collaboration. Therefore current practices are analysed and new collaboration mechanisms are tested.


Work conducted

  • Joint activities between JRC and EIT Climate KIC:
  • A joint matchmaking event of Stairway to Excellence (JRC.B3) and EIT Climate-KIC was organised in March 2018 in Ljubljana with Managing Authorities of the territories where the RIS partners of EIT Climate KIC are located, in which collaboration opportunities between MAs and EIT Climate KIC were explored: more than 100 project ideas were identified, together with barriers and possible funding sources for their implementation.
  • A "follow-up working document" was published in September 2018 with the outcomes of the RIS match-making event.
  • JRC and EIT Climate KIC have signed a MoU in 2018.
  • Other joint activities between JRC and EIT (JRC and EIT signed a MoU in 2016):
  • The S2E team reviewed the draft Regional Innovation Strategies of all EIT KICs, aiming to take into account the realities of Managing Authorities;
  • In June 2018 Kirsten Dunlop, CEO of Climate KIC, visited JRC premises, together with a delegation from various Slovenian Ministries. A strategic collaboration is currently being explored between three Slovenian ministries, EIT Climate KIC, EIT Raw Materials, and JRC. The focus of the collaboration is centred on Circular Economy.
  • JRC organised a meeting between Kirsten Dunlop, the region of Andalusia and the city of Seville, discussing collaboration potential.
  • Collaboration opportunities under RIS scheme were presented at a meeting of the Working Group H2020 for RIS3, with selected regional and national MAs from across Europe (13/06/2018 - Brussels).


Lessons learned

  • There is good potential for collaboration. As EIT KICs contribute to addressing societal challenges and most of EU MSs and regions also take these challenges into consideration, the thematic alignment between Operational Programmes and themes of EIT KICs is rationally possible for most of the European lagging regions;
  • The current collaboration practices are limited. The targeted stakeholders from both communities significantly overlap. In other words, both communities serve and work with similar types of stakeholders. Currently, the lack of collaboration has supported the creation of two parallel regional innovation eco-systems. Therefore, there is a significant opportunity to foster innovative ideas and innovators when bringing together the ESIF MAs and EIT KIC partner organisations;
  • The barriers and issues negatively affecting the efficiency of innovation ecosystem are identified within five groups: (1) awareness, misconceptions about opportunities, and lack of trust (2) alignment of RIS3 and EIT KICs' themes, (3) stakeholder engagement, (4) efficiency of governance, and (5) involvement of business into the innovation ecosystem. Many problems can be overcome through awareness raising and match-making.
  • Synergy opportunities are spread over a large area. Funding synergies are an important part of these opportunities; however, there are significant opportunities to enable policy synergies and complementarities. Collaboration can focus on different types of activities, including educational, research and innovative activities. EIT and RIS3 communities have notable potential to address each phase of the innovation process.


Related report

Collaboration opportunities and synergies between RIS3 and EIT Climate KIC under the RIS scheme – Working document (March 2018)