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EIT Culture & Creativity releases its first open Calls for Proposals. These proposals 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. The deadline for submissions is the 31 May 2023.


EIT Culture & Creativity is inviting applications for activities that have the potential to strengthen entrepreneurship, innovation capacity and accelerate the competitiveness of European Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI) and Europe’s Green, Digital and Social Transitions. All CCSI stakeholders and legal entities in the EU and Associated Members to the Horizon Europe Programme are eligible to apply.


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. For this round of calls budget available in 2024 is up to €10.45 million. An additional allocation of up to €3.45 million is earmarked in 2025 for pluriannual projects. Almost half of the available funds are reserved for innovation projects with a clear and viable commercialisation plan. These proposals are expected to deliver innovative products, processes, services, or business models in the audiovisual and media, architecture, fashion and textile, design, and cultural heritage sectors.

“The Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries have a long track record of delivering market-changing innovations. CCSI is often at the forefront of developing and testing innovative solutions that then become mainstream for other sectors. The first round of calls focus on innovations also contributing to Europes green transition – culture and creativity can be a green game changer!,”

EIT Culture & Creativity’s Calls for Proposals in 2023 will also include opportunities for projects in higher education, business creation, and social innovation. The later will fund cultural and social entrepreneurship initiatives that demonstrate scalable social innovation pilots to address local-based challenges and contribute to social cohesion.


The application system will open on 17 April and close on 31 May 2023. Proposers are invited to consult all call documentation and guidelines, including application forms for one-step and two-step proposals, and register for the EIT Culture & Creativity Infoday, which will take place online on 25 April for more information. Awarded projects are expected to begin in early 2024. All details on the conditions of the calls can be found on the EIT Culture & Creativity website (www.eit-culture-creativity.eu).


These calls are the first funding opportunities that EIT Culture & Creativity will launch during 2023. More calls for proposals are expected to be launched in the second semester of 2023, for activities starting mid-2024 and in 2025.  


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More information

Call for proposals 2023 click here
Registration to EIT Culture & Creativity Infoday click here

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.