Open Call: Climate Innovation Leadership Programme

EIT Climate-KIC has opened a call for the new Climate Innovation Leadership 2021 programme, the evolution of the Master School programme. This call will be open until 20 January 2021 and is directed to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), that are interested in developing the programme.

Young people are calling for action on climate change, and it is not just happening in the streets. Youth is challenging the habits of their parents; young pupils are demonstrating every Friday for a just future and young professionals are reprioritizing their career choices towards purpose driven organizations in order to make a positive impact with their deeds.

Top graduates want to contribute to organizations, industries and businesses that are working towards a net-zero transition. This is a generation that recognizes the need for systemic change and wants to be equipped to meet and drive forward the scale of change required.

This means there is an urgent need for students to be trained in new skills relating to leadership, innovations and systems thinking. There is a need for universities to interrogate their own approach to education and systems transformation, and to adapt accordingly.

The Climate Innovation Leadership Programme (CIL) is an evolution of the Master School Programme from EIT Climate-KIC; a program with nearly ten years’ experience in empowering and enabling students to act on climate challenges. Built on the foundation of the EIT Label framework, the Climate Innovation Leadership Programme is spreading an entrepreneurial mindset combined with multidimensional leadership skills over Europe as a tool to transform our societies in a just and sustainable way.

Climate Innovation Leadership empowers university students from all disciplines and all levels to become effective agents of change and generation of leaders, who think, sense, act and decide differently.

CIL will equip participants with up-to-date knowledge on climate change challenges in terms of adaptation, mitigation, science, and policy. It will allow them to work actively and collaboratively through their insights and apply them in a practical, meaningful way within a coherent ecological, social, economic, and societal context. By the end of the programme, participants will gain the ability to combine climate insights with new entrepreneurial and systems innovation skills to deliver an action – and sustainable business plan to develop sustainable products/services that would offer a comprehensive solution to combating the climate change challenge.

The new program is comprised of three tracks:

  1. Inspiration – Sparks! provoking lectures and complementary courses;
  2. Experiential Learning – The Journey summer school and a personal challenge-based project;
  3. Personal Development – Regular, interdisciplinary, and international group coaching sessions.

Deadline

  • Call opening:                       Friday 11 December 2020
  • Call closing                          Wednesday 20 January 2021, 18.00hrs CET
  • Decision communication   Friday 29 January 2021

Have questions?

Should you wish to speak to someone at EIT Climate-KIC about the programme, please email climateinnovationleadership@climate-kic.org.

Eligibility

This call for proposals is open for applications to both EIT Climate-KIC partners and non-partner organisations, though restricted to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). However, organisations will not be eligible to receive funding until they have EIT Climate-KIC Partner status. This means that only EIT Climate-KIC Partner organisations who have acceded to the new Horizon Europe legal framework (or as required by EIT) are eligible to receive EIT-funding.

There are further eligibility requirements specific to the Climate Innovation Leadership (CIL) 2021 programme Call. Please see the Call to Action guidelines for further details on eligibility for receiving funding, and the Climate Innovation Leadership programme Call eligibility requirements.

How to apply

The call is a one-stage process: the submission of a full proposal followed by assessment and decision outcome.

To apply for the call:

  • read the relevant Call to Action and Guidelines which contains an outline of the programme, guidance on submitting, eligibility criteria, and the assessment/selection criteria;
  • speak to a relevant KIC colleague about the proposal that you are preparing (see contact in the Call to Action and Guidelines documents);
  • submit your online application on Plaza.

Cal to Action & Guidelines, and Application Forms:

Supporting documents:

 
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