On June 19, a webinar was held where Yuriy Nikitin (Expert of European Programs and Projects, Leading Researcher at the Institute of Materials Science of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Kyiv Academic University, Doctor of Technical Sciences) presented the opportunities offered to researchers by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the European Innovation Council (EIC).
The main areas of support for researchers include grant programs for financing early-stage research, cascade financing programs for small and medium-sized enterprises, business accelerators, etc. You can learn more about the available EIT programs in the video of the event (video starts at 9 minutes).
The EIT brings together leading companies, educational and research organizations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships called Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).
The objectives of such communities:
Since 2022, the Kyiv Academic University has been cooperating with two such communities within the framework of international grant projects to support the development of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer:
EIT Food community, which funds the 4innopipe project. EIT Food was established in 2016 to support the global revolution in food production. More than 10,000 students have graduated from its master's programs, and innovation has been supported through more than 350 startups and over 290 new products.
EIT Raw Materials community, which funds the BOOSTalent project and is a partner in the SEEDplus project. The main goal of EIT Raw Materials is to ensure the sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector. The community focuses on supporting innovations in environmentally friendly raw materials for electromobility and green energy, as well as ensuring sustainable access to raw materials for a carbon-neutral Europe.
EIT's innovation communities also include: