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EIT Climate-KIC: Call for proposals
European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Estimated EU contribution per project
max. € 210,000.00
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Pathways2Resilience, the flagship project under the EU Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change led by EIT Climate-KIC, has just launched a call for applications. This call aims to select the first cohort of regions to receive EUR 21 million in direct funding to develop transformative climate adaptation plans.
P2R subgrantee regions/communities will demonstrate high vulnerability to climate impacts and have limited resources and/or low adaptive capacity to address them. Subgrantees will have a deep understanding of their local climate risks and internal capacity needs.
P2R subgrantees will demonstrate a strong commitment to the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change, either as mission charter signatories or by committing to become signatories. They will also show a strong political will to embark on a transformative resilience journey. Subgrantees will be interested in exploring P2R’s approach of systems innovation, whole-of-government and to work across silos both within and beyond the local public authorities. Subgrantees will be committed to improving their resilience maturity, increasing their ambition for their future or existing transformative adaptation planning work through the RRJ methodology and increasing their literacy and access to innovative adaptation finance.
Subgrantees will mobilize the required internal and/or external competences to achieve the Mission’s and P2R’s objectives towards transformative adaptation planning. Subgrantees will seek to develop their capacities to develop effective planning processes and outputs; execute institutional multi-stakeholder coordination; develop suitable monitoring, evaluation and learning tools; interpret climate information to evaluate local KCS; determine gaps in the KEC and develop a capacity building plan; identify financial needs and develop a resource mobilization plan.
Subgrantees will map existing adaptation strategies, programmes, and projects, in addition to understanding the contribution of local and national adaptation plans (NAPs) and strategies towards regional visions.
Subgrantees will develop mechanisms to meaningfully involve and engage citizens and stakeholders in the transformation to climate resilience in the regions/communities participating in the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change. Their participation strategy will ensure a breadth of stakeholders, including those in public and private sectors, as well as civil society, in their planned engagement approaches. As a result, they will collect, incorporate, and centre diverse voices to co-develop their transformative adaptation strategy.
Subgrantees will integrate climate justice principles into their transformative adaptation strategies. They will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the various climate justice dimensions, including but not limited to ethics, sustainability practices, gender disparities, migration patterns, the needs of marginalised communities, economic inequalities, physical accessibility challenges, open digital access, disparities in environmental impacts distribution, and accountability issues, such as environmental debt and reparations. Consequently, subgrantees will demonstrate how existing and future measures towards climate justice are integrated within the overall transformative adaptation strategy.
Subgrantees will establish knowledge sharing mechanisms beyond their target region and will look to increase cooperation with other public authorities across the continent. This includes participating, organizing and contributing to conferences, communities of practice of the Mission and other networks for state-of-the-art transformative adaptation know-how diffusion.
Finally, subgrantees will have thoughtful resource allocation across activity types, KCS, and other stakeholders.
Subgrants may involve a combination of activities, including construction of RRJs and innovation agendas, capacity building, stakeholder engagement, project management, communication, and dissemination, including reporting.
Eligible subgrant activities will follow the provision for activities under Horizon Europe (HE) costs categories, and will be organized along the following:
- Activities to develop regional pathways, plans and innovation portfolios towards climate resilience building on existing assessments of trends and projections of future climate change risks.
- Activities supporting the process of developing the pathways as specified in the scope topic text including relevant stakeholder engagement and capacity building.
- Activities related to communication, dissemination and exploitation and project management activities.
Specifically, these activities may include:
- Deliverable development (e.g. regional pathways, plans and innovation portfolios towards climate resilience building on existing assessments of trends and projections of future climate change risks);
- Stakeholder engagement and involvement;
- Capacity building, internal and external training related to resilience;
- Communication, dissemination, and exploitation;
- Exchanges with other subgrantees and other regions;
- Monitoring and evaluation; and
- Project management and local coordination.
Activities related to demonstration and deployment of climate adaptation solutions are not eligible for funding under this call.
Subgrantees will be expected to report their actions against the steps described in the RRJ (linked to payment installments 2 and 3). Particularly, they will have to submit the following deliverables:
- Baseline report
- Climate Resilience Strategy
- Climate Resilience Action Plan
- Climate Resilience Investment Plan
by the end of the program and before the final payment from the consortium side.
Detailed information and guidance to develop each deliverable will be provided within the RRJ capacity building.
The expected results of P2R subgrants are:
- Mobilising regional interest and progressively elevating the ambition and capability of regions;
- Development of climate resilience pathways and connected innovation agendas with the support of the regional resilience journey framework (and supporting services);
- Activating engagement of citizens and diverse stakeholders in the co-creation of the pathways;
- Increasing knowledge on transformative adaptation innovation across KCS and KEC;
- Boosting literacy and access to innovative adaptation finance; and
- Baselining and monitoring regional resilience capabilities through the Resilience Maturity Curve (RMC).
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна)
Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
- Applicants must be regions/communities that are part of EU Member States or Associated Countries that are within Europe’s biogeographical regions.
- Consortium coordinator must be legal entities defined as either:
- Public authorities at Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) 1, 2 and 3 level, as well as and Local Administrative Units (LAU); or
- Bodies governed by public law in accordance compliance with Article 2.4 of the Directive 2014/24/EU.
- Only these entities can act as coordinators and submit application.
- Private non-profit bodies and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) following the EU definition by the Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC and in the SME user guide may be part of a consortium.
- Applicants must have registered for a Participant Identification Code (PIC) number at time of application, which will be validated at the subgrant agreement stage. All subgrant awards will be tentative pending successful validation of the PIC number.
- Consortia applications, also referred to as multi-beneficiary applications, among regions/communities are encouraged and eligible to apply but must have a single designated Coordinator.
other eligibility criteria
- Note the following specific conditions for:
- a) United Kingdom (UK)
- Note that while the EC and the UK government reached an agreement in principle on the association of the UK to Horizon Europe as of 1 January 2024, the agreement provides that association would only apply for award procedures implementing 2024 budget and onwards. Given that this call is implementing 2021 budget appropriations, therefore, UK entities are ineligible to participate in any funded role for this call.
- b) Restrictive Measures
- Note that entities subject to EU restrictive measures (e.g.: sanctions) under Article 29 of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU) and Article 215 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU), as well as Article 75 TFEU10, are ineligible to participate as recipients of subgrants (e.g. financial support to third parties) or subcontractors.
- https://finance.ec.europa.eu/eu-and-world/sanctions-restrictive-measures/overview-sanctions-and-related-resources_en. See also: https://www.sanctionsmap.eu/#/main.
- c) Non-government controlled territories of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus
- Given the illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the involvement of Belarus, there is currently no appropriate context allowing the implementation of the actions foreseen in this programme with legal entities established in Russia, Belarus, or in non-government controlled territories of Ukraine. Therefore, even where such entities are not subject to EU restrictive measures, such legal entities are ineligible to participate as recipients of financial support to third parties (subgrants) or subcontractors.
- d) Hungary
- Following the Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/2506, as of 16th December 2022, no legal commitments (i.e., financial support to third parties/subgrants) can be signed with Hungarian public interest trusts established under Hungarian Act IX of 2021 or any entity they maintain. Affected entities may continue to apply to calls for proposals. However, in case the Council measures are not lifted, such entities are not eligible to participate in any funded role (i.e., recipients of financial support to third parties, subgrants, or subcontractors).
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
The call for applications will select 40 sub-grantees, each receiving up to EUR 210,000 for an 18-month support period from July 2024 to December 2025. Regional authorities can apply until 22 February 2024, with information sessions in January. The selection process will prioritise regions/communities with heightened vulnerability and low adaptive capacity to climate change impacts. This call aims to put together a diverse and inclusive portfolio of regions, ensuring a comprehensive validation of the P2R framework.
- Applications must be complete, including any required uploaded documents and RMC assessment.
- Applications must be in English. Exceptions may be made for supporting documents, which may be written in one of the official languages spoken in the region/community for which the application is being submitted.
- The application may be viewed, edited, and submitted in Plaza.
- Submission format: go to https://www.pathways2resilience.eu/first-open-call/ and https://www.pathways2resilience.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Call-1-FAQ-Guidelines-7.12.23-FINAL.pdf for information on how to register and apply. Please note that submissions outside of the system will not be accepted.
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