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Earthbeat Challenge


Young filmmakers can submit a 3-minute film showcasing their efforts to tackle the climate crisis; to protect and restore biodiversity and ecosystems in rural or urban areas; or to protect and restore land and soil and the life it supports. The winning videos will be screened in front of an international audience at COP26.

The Circulars Accelerator ’22 (Global)

Stage 1 opens on 1 September/All submissions will close on 1 November

‘The Circulars Accelerator is an action-oriented, six-month accelerator program for early-to-growth-stage companies developing innovations towards a more circular economy.  An initiative of Accenture, The Circulars Accelerator is run in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and supported by an esteemed panel of global experts and an extensive network of public and private sector organizations. Submissions will be reviewed in two stages. Stage 1 opens on 1st September. Successful applicants will be taken forth to Stage 2, and will be sent additional questions regarding their solution. Stage 2 is scheduled to open from 1st October. All submissions will close on 1st November.

Eurostars – get your innovation funded


Eurostars is a funding instrument that supports innovative SMEs and project partners (large companies, universities, research organisations and other types of organisations) by funding international collaborative R&D and innovation projects. By participating, organisations from 37 countries can access public funding for international collaborative R&D projects in all fields.

You can submit your R&D and innovation project application between 2 September 2021 and 4 November 2021 at 14:00 CET. Your project consortium must have an innovative SME in the leading role, but it can also include other types of organisations like large companies, universities, research organisations and more. The amount of Eurostars funding your organisation receives when you participate in a project is managed by your national funding body.

G-STIC Climate Action Challenge

APPLY by 12:00 CEST, 30 SEPTEMBER 2021

To support developing countries in the fight against climate change, the Government of Flanders has launched the G-STIC Climate Action Programme in 2021, a call for proposals in the field of international climate finance. This programme provides €4,849,361 in subsidies for projects which implement and upscale climate solutions in developing countries. The goal is to enable these countries to follow low-carbon development paths and to make their communities more resilient to the impact of climate change.

Projects should focus on one or more of the following six themes which have a large impact on climate-related matters: energy; water and sanitation; environmental policy; biodiversity; education and research; agriculture.

Sustainability Seed Program

Launched by the Founders Factory and G-Force, it offers investment of €150k to early stage eco-tech ventures pioneering planet-saving solutions. The investment, which also includes six-months of support and access to the Founders Factory network, will be targeted at climate-tech startups developing climate-friendly solutions in areas including mobility, the circular economy, food production, carbon capture, housing and manufacturing.

Responsible Mining Innovation challenge

Be part of the challenge, from 15 June to 15 September 2021

Start-ups and SMEs have a chance to win a collaboration contract with Eramet (up to €50k) to build a better, responsible mining industry. Ten successful candidates will have the opportunity to be coached by Eramet and EIT RawMaterials experts to better match their solution to Eramet’s specific issues. The winner will be chosen in early 2022.

Eramet is a major player in the extraction and recovery of metals as well as the production and transformation of high-performance alloys. Eramet also develops activities with high growth potential, such as lithium treatment and recycling, which will play a key role in the energy transition and the mobility of tomorrow.

Calling energy innovators (Europe)


‘Does your business have a great sustainable energy innovation? EIT InnoEnergy is a catalyst and accelerator of the energy transition. It invests in sustainable energy innovations in Europe that have high commercial potential and connects them to a deep pool of complementary skills and resources, markets and commercial opportunities. If your business has a proven concept within one of its eight thematic fields, EIT InnoEnergy can help address your challenges and shorten time to market

Smart Data Collection Challenge (EU)

APPLY BY 23.59 CET 3 OCTOBER, 2021

‘The RAPTOR call is open to individuals, teams, start-ups, and SMEs based in a European Union (EU) Member State. Cunit is a coastal city 50 km southwest of Barcelona home to around 8,000 inhabitants. During the peak holiday season, however, the population can increase up to 50,000. Cunit has a network of over 1,200 kilometres of roads. Currently, the Municipality of Cunit is using an outdated geographic information system (GIS), a web map comprised of different data layers, developed by a third party. It is necessary to modernise the GIS so that it incorporates the inventory of road elements such as pedestrian crossings, traffic signs, traffic lights, etc. and is easily updatable. A modernised GIS would provide the municipality with an analysis of the deterioration of road elements and enable better maintenance and management of the whole mobility system. The solution required is an image recognition system employing cameras. Local police would provide their car fleet for camera installation. Currently this fleet consists of four cars that travel around 100,000 kilometres a year, allowing good coverage of the municipality.  Each awarded project will receive a prize package equivalent to 50.000 EUR that includes support/mentoring and a cash prize of 30.000 EUR (excluding VAT).  The package includes hosting of the awardees of up to 2-day per week in the main EIT Urban Mobility S.L. offices in Torre Glories, Floor 24, Avenida Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain. 

EIT Climate-KIC: Innovation Call 2022


‘Are you aligned with our mission of a net-zero, resilient & just society by 2030? Are you interested in leveraging innovation for system change? @EITeu@ClimateKIC is now accepting proposals for 2022 activities. Apply for funding by 18 Nov! Under this call, partial funding is available to support the development of new highly innovative commercial products or services that seek to launch on the market and achieve climate impact through entrepreneurship and commercial means. We aim to support innovators, researchers, scientists, coaches, and experts to join forces in projects that aim to bring innovative solutions to the European market. We will also support existing innovations that may seek to expand into new markets across Europe and require support to do so.’

AI4Media (Europe)


The AI4Media project has €500.000 to fund 10 projects to deliver innovative research and application solutions in the AI and Media domains. This open call invites single entities, including entrepreneurs, SMEs, researchers, and research organisations to submit project proposals for the development of innovative research and application solutions to advance the AI and Media domains. Apply now to the AI4Media, the open call runs from 1 September 2021 to 1 December 2021.

Lucía Hernandéz

European Commission Expert Evaluator

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