Call for proposals: Scaling-up the most promising Connect NEB and Co-create NEB projects

The EIT Community NEB partners[1] are invited to scale up Citizen Engagement Activities [hereinafter Connect NEB] and Co-creation of public space [hereinafter Co-create NEB] projects implemented in the previous Business Plan 2021-22 aligned with the New European Bauhaus initiative (hereinafter NEB).

Who can apply?

This Enhance NEB Call is addressed to EIT Community NEB partners that were part of a project funded through any of the following previous calls in BP 2021-22:

The list of eligible EIT Community NEB project partners can be found in Annex 1 of the Call Manual. A core summary of the conducted projects can be found here; we invite you to browse among the eligible projects, and explore the lessons learns.

Applications must be consortia with a minimum of two and a maximum of four partners from EIT Community NEB partners being one of them a city, a region, or an affiliated entity associated with a city or region from EIT Community NEB partners or a new city, a region, or an affiliated entity, all located in a EU Member State or a Third Country associated to Horizon Europe. Entities established in the United Kingdom and in Switzerland are eligible to participate and to receive EIT allocation up to 59.999,99 EUR per organisation and for the entire duration of the BP23-25.

In case a new city, region or affiliated entity is part of the project, it will participate as an associated partner and will not receive EIT Funding. Furthermore, any new affiliated entity associated with a city or region that will join as an associated partner must submit a signed letter detailing their legal affiliation with said city or region.

The lead partner must be an eligible EIT Community NEB partner listed in Annex 1.

Applications from RIS countries are positively encouraged.

Please check Sections 2.1 and 4.1 of the Call Manual document for further eligibility information.

Supported activities

Given the objective, the call offers pathways for EIT Community NEB partners to expand and grow; boost desired collaboration within and between former Connect NEB and Co-Create NEB projects while opening up to new partners collaborators to ensure the scaling or replication. Therefore, this Enhance NEB Call aims to strengthen the former Connect NEB and Co-Create NEB projects activities by scaling them up within their existing location or replicating their innovations elsewhere.

The project’s expected outcome is to deliver a high-quality scale-up or replicability based on the 2021 & 2022 projects’ achievements. In terms of scale-up strategy, the desired outcome targets are as follows:

  • Outcome A: Higher/amplifying/completing impact in the same location with a more holistic approach.
  • Outcome B: Higher/amplifying impact beyond the former site at a new location (e.g., neighborhood/district/town/city/region, etc.) by replicating/transferring the project activities to a new location).

Both outcomes A & B are eligible to boost desired collaboration within and between Connect NEB and Co-create NEB projects while opening up to new partners (as defined in section 2.1 Who can apply, e.g., the associated partner without EIT funding) to ensure the scaling or replication.

In addition, the grants shall be awarded for the implementation of at least one of the expected outputs of products and services (including rapid product prototypes),  co-design of the public realm, and social activation and educational activities aiming to respond to the New European Bauhaus challenges:

  • Re-connecting with nature
  • Re-gaining sense of community and belonging
  • Prioritising the places and people that need it the most
  • The need for a long term, life cycle and integrated thinking in industrial ecosystem

An application must address at least one of the EIT Community NEB Challenges mentioned above; for further information, including examples of specific types of activities, please carefully read  Section 2 of the Call Manual document.

EIT funding allocation

The funding rate is 80% up to 40.000€ for each project, leaving the remaining 20% to be co-funded by the consortium.

Overall six selected projects (ideally minimum 1 proposal per EIT Community NEB Challenge) can be implemented in six regions/cities located in the European Union Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries from September 2023 to May 2024.

How can you apply?

The process is organized in a one-step application procedure. Please read the Call Manual carefully and consult the EIT Community team if necessary. More information about the types of projects, the application process, you will find in the documents for download:

On 14 June 2023 at 10:00 CET Online, a Call info session and Matchmaking event will be organised. For participation, please fill in the online registration form by 9 June 2023. In the matchmaking session, registered participants can present in 4 minutes their organization and their needs to form a consortium. If you wish to present, please send your ppt in advance (maximum 4 slides) to at the latest 9 June 2023.

We look forward to receiving your applications no later than 10 July 2023, 17:00 CET through the PLAZA e-submission platform.

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[1] The list of eligible partners to this Enhance NEB call can be found in Annex 1 of the Call manual.