Home EIT Culture & Creativity first Calls for Proposals: 307 applications received!

EIT Culture & Creativity first open Calls for Proposals closed on 31 May 2023. These calls are designed to address global challenges Europe faces in higher education, innovation, business creation, and society, with up to €10.45 million in funding available for 2024. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, EIT Culture & Creativity will incorporate successful activities in its Business Plan for 2024-2025.

EIT Culture & Creativity is thrilled to share some facts & figures in relation to the applications received for its first call for proposals. The numbers below correspond to all proposal submitted within the application period and before eligibility check. 

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Number of applications per Call

A total of 307 applications received, distributed as follows:

  • Call 1 Talent Scaler: 23 (7%)
  • Call 2 Skills Fitter: 83 (27%)
  • Call 3 Breakthrough Labs: 95 (31%)
  • Call 4 Venture Factory:  36 (12%)
  • Call 5 Community Catalyser: 70 (23%)


Geographic representation

Organisations from 46 different countries took part in applying consortia. The top 5 countries by number of organisations applying are:

  • Italy: 12%
  • Spain: 11%
  • Germany: 7%
  • Netherlands: 6%
  • Belgium: 4%

58% of applicant organisations are from a RIS eligible country, with the following participation percentages:

  • Italy: 12%
  • Spain: 11%
  • Portugal: 4%
  • Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Poland, Croatia: 3%
  • Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia: 2%
  • Latvia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Ukraine: 1%
  • Serbia, Malta, Slovakia, North Macedonia: >1%


Type of organisation

The following list shows the percentage of participating organisations sorted by type:

  • SME:  27%
  • Higher Education Institution: 23%
  • Associations and Business Support Organisation: 10%
  • Civil Society Organisation: 9%
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Organisation: 9%
  • Micro-enterprise: 7%
  • Other: 6%
  • Research Institute:  5%
  • Public Body Investment Organization: 2%
  • Large Company:  2%

Next steps

The evaluation process is now underway, for both one-step and two-step proposals, following the principles outlined in the call documentation and guidelines. All details on the conditions of the calls along with the respective timeline, can be found on the EIT Culture & Creativity website (Archived Calls)

About EIT Culture & Creativity

EIT Culture & Creativity is the ninth Innovation Community by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. It 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. It takes a holistic and open approach to innovation – from tech to artistic driven innovations, from business to citizen driven – and reinforces the appreciation and anchoring of European values and identities. EIT Culture & Creativity will unlock latent value from a multitude of small CCSI stakeholders through technology transfer, improved cross-sectoral collaboration and their effective integration in production value networks. EIT Culture & Creativity will support technology and business innovation; artistic innovation and social innovation. It will also harness the unique position of the CCSI to facilitate the Triple Transitions in Europe – green, digital and social.

About The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

The EIT is Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem bringing together close to 3,000 partners from top business, research and education organisations across Europe in over 80 innovation hubs. The EIT strengthens Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body and an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The Institute supports dynamic pan-European partnerships, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities, composed of leading companies, research labs and universities each dedicated to solving a pressing global challenge, from climate change to health, to renewable energy.