Climate KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is an initiative of the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology). The KIC promotes interaction in the field of climate change between European research and educational institutions, governments and companies, with particular focus on four substantive themes: monitoring and managing climate change, achieving low CO2 emissions in cities, the introduction of CO2-free production systems, and water management.
The 'Nederlandse Co-locatie' operates within the Climate KIC Association. The group includes Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University, in co-operation with the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO, Deltares, DSM, Schiphol airport, the City ports of Rotterdam and the province of Utrecht.
Cooperating locations in other countries are also led by top universities. These include ETH in Zürich, ParisTech in Paris, Imperial College in London and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research in Berlin.
Foreign private partners include Bayer, GDF Suez and EDF. Climate KIC also allows seven European regions, including Utrecht, to test innovations together.
European funds made available to Climate KIC approximately 60 to 80 million euros every year till 2020, a sum supplemented with (in kind) funding from activities undertaken by partners within the KIC. The life span of KICs runs between seven and 15 years, to ensure partnerships have medium- and long-term perspectives. Activities are carried out in the fields of (pre-)innovation, education and entrepreneurship.