This EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community of communities is hosting two Calls in Q2 of 2021:

  • Call on the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Programme
  • Call on SMEs and Circular Economy

CLOSED – Call on the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Programme

The Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) is a tool designed to help innovative environmental technologies access the market. It consists of the verification, on a voluntary basis, of the functional and environmental performance of technology by qualified third parties, through tests of controlled quality. The end product is an ETV Statement of Verification published on the ETV website and used in business-to-business relations. This enables technology owners to document the reliability of their claims and differentiate from competitors, and it helps technology purchasers identify innovations that suit their needs.

Who can apply

The call is open to any individual partner of participating KICs (EIT RawMaterials, EIT Climate KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT UrbanMobility) with a technology included in any of the previously defined areas that have been supported in any ongoing or finished Innovation project. This call is also open to start-ups supported by any of the participating KICs.

The technology to be verified should comply with the ETV eligibility criteria:
• TRL 7-9 (exceptionally 6)
• One of the three technological areas described in the introduction of this document
• Each applicant needs to have written approval from the ETV Verification Body that the selected technology is relevant and could be validated until 31.12.2021.
• This call is made available to prospective applicants through the participating KICs websites.

Outputs & Deliverable

The winning applicant should develop a short final report including a clear description of the different steps to go through the verification process. The winning applicant should also provide the final verification statement.


Funding will be provided to cover the costs of activities necessary to go through the Verification process. It is expected that the funding will be used to cover personnel costs to deal with the procedural activities of the verification process and the sub-contracting of the Verification Body in charge of the verification process. funds could be also used to carry out any testing process required by the Verification body.

The maximum funding is €60.000,00.

Proposal Submission

Opening call: 1 April 2021
Closing call: 31 May 2021

Start project: 1 July 2021
Finalise project: 31 December 2021 (latest)

Read More Here!

CLOSED – Call on SMEs and Circular Economy

The overall aim of this call is to enable the joint competencies and capacities of the EIT Innovation Communities to help solve for more systemic circularity in an orchestrated effort as well as possible specific approaches towards circularity in SMEs.

Who can apply

All partners of participating KICs (EIT RawMaterials, EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility) are eligible to apply.
This call is designed for individual partner applicants as well as consortia of a maximum of three members. This call is made available to prospective applicants through the participating KICs websites and internal communication channels.

Aim & Content

Partners of participating KICs are invited to submit an application for the work on the development of an in-depth analysis covering the following topics:
• Investigation of the current situation regarding CE and SMEs in Europe considering mainly those sectors covered by the participating KICs.
• Investigation of main barriers hampering CE implementation in SMEs and potential measures to overcome those barriers including EIT/KICs activities.
• Investigation and analysis of current activities carried out by participating KICs to support CE implementation in SMEs and estimation of efficiency.
• Clear and detailed proposal for both how to improve current support activities and new possible actions considering individual KICs but mainly joint actions from Cross KIC Projects.
• Clear analysis on how those support activities should be coordinated with other initiatives to avoid any overlapping and increase efficiency.
• The project should create an advisory board composed of relevant experts and SMEs representatives providing advice to the project development.

Outputs & Deliverables

The winning applicant should develop:
• A detailed work plan from July to December 2021
• An interim and final report including all the aspects already identified in the section above.
• A Powerpoint summarising the proposal described in the final report.


Funding will be provided to cover the costs of activities necessary to generate the deliverables. Although it is expected that much of the funding will be used to cover personnel costs, other cost categories can be covered.

The maximum project cost is €85.000,00.

Proposal Submission

Opening call: 1 April 2021
Closing call: 31 May 2021

Start project: 1 July 2021
Finalise project: 31 December 2021 (latest)

Read more here!

Upcoming Events

To be announced in 2022

Past Events
Boosting CE

December 17, 2021 / 10:30-12:45 CET

Boosting the EU Circular Economy transition through collaboration

An opportunity for academia, civil society, industry, and public administration

Since 2020 the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Circular Economy Community has been engaging with civil society, EU and international stakeholders as well as the EIT network by supporting actions to strengthen and optimise the transition towards a more circular and innovative future.

Join our webinar to find out more about our work on the ground and hear the stories of involved actors working with us to increase the uptake of circular innovative solutions. Participants will get the opportunity to interact with the panel of experts and find out more about opportunities coming from the EIT Circular Economy Community programme.


First session

10:30 – 10:45 EIT Introduction and welcome (Manuel Irun Molina)

10:45 – 11:00 EIT Circular Economy Community (Ignacio Calleja)

11:00 – 11:15 The European Circular Economy Stakeholders Platform -ECESP (Alice Senga)

11:15 – 11:30 Questions and answers

11:30 Break (10 minutes)

Second Session

11:40 – 11:50 ICLEI (Simon Clement)

11:50 – 12:00 ACR+ (Franceso Lembo)

12:00 – 12:10 Europe Enterprise Network -EEN, Chair of the Thematic Group Circular Economy (Mohini Keunen)

12:10 – 12:20 European Health and Digital Executive Agency -HADEA, European Commission (Floriana La Marca)

12:20 – 12:30 Research Executive Agency -REA, European Commission (Keti Medarova)


12:30 – 12:45 Round table to define how to improve synergies

12:45 End of the event

slides + Q&A here

December 13, 2021 / 10:30-12:00 CET

Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) process: Success stories – Webinar

The EIT Circular Economy Community is supporting breakthrough initiatives and start-ups through the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) programme. This webinar will give insights on how the ETV facilitates the access of environmental technology solutions to the market and the success stories of previously supported start-ups.


10:30 – 10:35 Short introduction of the Cross KIC CE Project (Igancio Calleja)

10:35 – 10:45 The ETV scheme (Martin Pecanka)

10:45 – 11:15 What is the ETV process? (Izabela Ratman)

11:15 – 11:30 Success story (Carborem)

11:30 – 12:00 Q&A

Register Here


September 29, 2021 / 10:00-12:00 CET

Build competitive advantage for your green innovation with EU ETV

Whether you are already involved in the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) scheme, are interested in what the programme could do for your own company and technologies, or are looking for ways to minimise risk in buying and procurement of innovative environmental technologies, a range of speakers from both the public and private sectors will take you through the process of ETV and explain how ETV can help you gain credibility, confidence and reliability in environmental technologies. Through European and national perspectives, you will hear speakers share their experiences detailing how ETV can reduce risk in purchasing decisions, leverage your R&D to bring new technologies to market, and support policy goals in addressing environmental challenges. 

The event is open to technology developers, public and private sector buyers, testing bodies, and policymakers at both the EU and national level working with environmental technologies. There will be speakers from the European Commission, European Institute for Technology, LIFEproETV project as well as developers and buyers of environmental technologies who have participated in the programme.



September 14, 2021 / 10:00-11:30 CET

#EUCircularTalks – Green digital passport: Product traceability to create circular material loops

The linear way of producing and consuming products is ruining fragile ecosystems and causing the loss of valuable natural resources. The circular economy brings more sustainable solutions where products are in use longer, and materials are reused to manufacture new products.
GS1, TCO Development, EIT Circular Economy Community and ECESP invite you to the #EUCircularTalks on green digital passport. Using the case of IT products, our speakers will explain the basics for traceability of materials in products as well as the material flow and information loops that are connected to it.

Share your voice, insights and learn from our #EUCircularTalks on Education, Skills and Learning for a circular economy at our dedicated Linkedin group.


July 6 & 7, 2021 / 13:00-17:30 & 9:00-13:10 CEST

MSCA European Green Deal Cluster Event

On 6 and 7 July 2021, the European Commission and the European Research Executive Agency (REA) are organising a “European Green Deal Cluster Event”. The event will bring together excellent projects and researchers funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), as well as other research and innovation initiatives under the remit of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. These include the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), European University AlliancesErasmus+ and Creative Europe projects.

The Green Deal cluster event is part of the EU’s feedback-to-policy activities and convenes EU policymakers, researchers and experts to explore how R&I can help achieve the goals of the European Green Deal.



June 16, 2021 / 9:30-12:30 CEST

#EUCircularTalks – Industrial symbiosis: A tool for the Green Deal

Industrial Symbiosis is a way to achieve a more sustainable and integrated industrial system, identifying business opportunities that leverage underutilised resources. Stakeholders in related sectors collaborate to reuse residues, use by-products properly, and find innovative ways to optimise inputs.

The EIT Circular Economy Community, CircLean and the ECESP held a #EUCircularTalks to identify the main challenges and potential solutions related to Industrial Symbiosis. The event discussed topics such as innovation, policy options and the market. The event is taking place on 16 June from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. CEST.

Share your voice, insights and learn from our #EUCircularTalks on Education, Skills and Learning for a circular economy at our dedicated Linkedin group.

April 29, 2021 / 10:30-12:00 CET

Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Webinar

On April 29th, EIT Manufacturing has organised a dedicated webinar about the new Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). The aim of the webinar is to share how the ETV framework can help innovative environmental technology solutions to gain market access. Ignacio Calleja, Senior Advisor Circular Economy and Recycling at EIT RawMaterials, is presenting a short introduction of the Circular Economy Project developed by the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) and the ETV Support call, followed by Izabela Ratman-Klosinska ETV expert, who is explaining the ETV concept and process and how it works. Martin Pecanka from LGI, is introducing the ETV Secretariat. A special session of Q&A is also held at the end.


To know more about the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community call for proposals, please check the respective call section of the participating communities for any currently open calls: