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European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

KTH is part of five consortia within the prestigious EU-funded European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), set up in 2008 to boost innovation and entrepreneurship to strengthen European competitiveness and make Europe a global leader in strategic areas.

Strengthen networks and collaborations

The winning consortia, selected in intense competition, are called Knowledge & Innovation Communities (KICs) and comprise partners from higher education institutions, research labs, and companies. KTH is an active partner in five KICs, which you can read more about below.

The EIT KICs are strategic to KTH and strengthen the networks and collaboration between KTH researchers and other European research groups and business partners.

A higher degree of EU funding

The networks contribute to competitive applications for EU projects and funding for KTH. The KICs also provide opportunities to develop new KTH core activities in education and research.

The KICs are set up in close collaboration between academia and industry on a European level and are coordinated in regional nodes. The EIT KIC concept is based on integrating research, education, and innovation with entrepreneurship to find solutions to significant societal challenges in areas with high innovation potential – and create quality jobs and growth.

An active partner

KTH is a very active partner and participate in all areas:

  • Educational programmes
  • Innovation activities
  • Business development and
  • Acceleration of scaleups

Resources at KTH

At KTH, there is an academic coordinator per EIT KIC and support functions at the KTH schools and within the University Administration.

Except for the KICs' training programmes, which are managed by the International Relations Office (IRO), the project participation, including agreements, is handled at the Research Support Office (RSO). The RSO contact for EIT and KIC-related issues is Fredrick Lekarp . In May 2022, RSO submitted an "Internal review of KTH's participation in EIT-KIC: current status and strengthened participation forward" (Dnr V-2022-0321, KS-kod: 1.3). The review describes, among other things, KTH's resources within the University Administration and at management- and school level.