Knowledge and Innovation Communities – KICs

Their task is to operate top innovation-oriented research in the areas of central economic and social interest and spread model processes in the innovation sector, which have the potential to improve Europe's international competitive ability. The KICs indepedently determine their internal organization and makeup as well as the schedule and work methods. Participants in a KIC can be organizations, which are active in the knowledge triad of university education, research, and innovation. However, at least three partner organizations, located in at least two different EU member states, must be involved.

Projects that are strongly application oriented are generally at the basis of KIC projects, since they can already act a high technology readiness level or TRL. However, it is also possible to have projects funded in the field of teaching – for example massive open online courses or MOOCs – or in entrepreneurship – for example when founding a start up. The types of funding and conditions are different for every KIC.

We currently have a total of eight KICs in the following fields:

  • Climate change, EIT-Climate KIC
  • Digital technology, EIT Digital
  • Sustainable energies, EIT InnoEnergy
  • Food for the future, EIT Food
  • Healthy living and active aging, EIT Health
  • Raw materials, KIC EIT Raw Materials
  • Added-value manufacturing, EIT Manufacturing
  • Urban mobility, EIT Urban Mobility

Further KICs are being planned:

  • EIT Culture and Creative Sectors and Industries CCSI (2022-2023)
  • EIT Water, Marine and Maritime Sectors and Ecosystems (2026)

RWTH is involved in the following KICs:


Climate-KIC (RWTH Member From 2012 to 2021)

Acronym Title Project Leader
BIOGAS2MARKETSustainable Biogas Process Optimisation & Implementation StrategiesProf. Dr. Matthias Wessling
CarbonMindsCarbonMindsProf. Dr. André Bardow
CityOASISOptimally Adapted Solutions for Integrated urban energy SystemsProf. Dr. André Bardow
CO24GReuse of flue gas CO2 in Greenhouse HorticultureProf. Dr. André Bardow
CO2NSISTENTTechno-Economic and Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines for CO2 UtilisationProf. Dr. André Bardow
CroCO2PETsCross-linkable CO2-Polyether PolyolsProf. Dr. André Bardow
Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries
Prof. Dr. Walter Leitner
DREAM PRODUCTSCO2 Based Products – From Dream to RealityProf. Dr. André Bardow
Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries
Prof. Dr. Walter Leitner
enCO2reenCO2re EcologyProf. Dr. André Bardow
enCO2re Public AcceptanceenCO2re Public AcceptanceProf. Dr. Martina Ziefle
Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Jakobs
LoCarUTLow Carbon Urban Transport - through municipal bus fleet electrificationProf. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer
MUNEP 1Planning Tool and Engineering Services for the Electrification of Public Bus FleetsProf. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Munep2Planning Tool and Engineering Services for the Electrification of Public Bus FleetsProf. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer
SSD MoabitSmart Sustainable Districts MoabitProf. Dr. Aaron Praktiknjo
URBMOBIUrban Mobile Instruments for Environmental MonitoringProf. Dr. Christoph Schneider

RWTH was not involved in the following projects as a partner, but nevertheless made a contribution in terms of content by participating in workshops and conferences:

  • SSD Malmö: Smart Sustainable Districts Malmö, Prof. Dr. André Bardow
  • SSD POD: Smart Sustainable Districts – Programme Outreach & Dissemination, Prof. Dr. André Bardow
  • SSD PSD: Smart Sustainable Districts – Programme Service Delivery, Prof. Dr. André Bardow
  • SSD Deep Dive London: Smart Sustainable Districts Deep Dive London, Prof. Dr. André Bardow

EIT Health

Acronym Title Project Leader
ADAPTAirway Disease Analysis and PreventionProf. Dr. Thomas Kraus
CEMACUBECEMACUBE EIT Entrepreneur TrackProf. Dr. Stefan Gründer
CLAIREClinical Artificial Intelligence Improving HealthcareProf. Dr. Gernot Marx
Prof. Dr. Anke Schmeink
ComRADWorld’s first respiratory assist deviceProf. Dr. Gernot Marx
COSMO@HOMEPreparing Children at Home for MR Scanning; a COSMOnautic Virtual Reality Fairy TaleProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
DHEDigital Health EntrepreneursProf. Dr. Verena Nitsch
Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel
HealthBedUnobtrusive monitoring of health-related parameters in the bed environmentProf. Dr. Steffen Leonhardt
HealthGoGlobalEIT Health Go Global 2016Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel
HomeCare@COPDRAS-Q: Bringing care home for COPD patientsProf. Dr. Gernot Marx
i-daysInnovation DaysProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
LaunchlabLaunchlabProf. Dr. Malte Brettel
Local Training ProgrammeEIT Health Accelerator Local Training ProgrammeProf. Dr. Malte Brettel
MACHMobile Autonomy for Children in End-stage Heart failure TherapyProf. Dr. Gernot Marx
Market Coach NetworkMarket Coach NetworkProf. Dr. Malte Brettel
MARNIEMerging Augmented Reality and Neurostimulation to Improve EnactingProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
MOOCData Analytics in Health - From Basics to Business ModelsProf. Dr. Sabina Jeschke
PsyHealthWorx!Psychosocial Health Prevention and work standards: Training for OSH Professionals and ExecutivesProf. Dr. Jessica Lang
RAMSESRemote Access to Medical Information on Smartphones during Emergencies and Health CriseSProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
RealWorld4ClinicReal-World Cardio-Respiratory Health Monitoring for Clinical Contract Research & TelecardiologyProf. Dr. Nikolaus Marx
SeizelT2Discrete personalized epileptic seizure detection deviceProf. Dr. Jörg B. Schulz
SensUsSensUs InnovatorsProf. Dr. Sven Ingebrandt
SETSeated Exercise Technology to walk in balanceProf. Dr. Steffen Leonhardt
ViruShieldCreating an alternative material to produce protective face masksProf. Dr. Thomas Gries

EIT Raw Materials

Acronym Title Project Leader
4L-AlloysLife Long Learning on Light Alloys: from Raw Materials to Sustainable ProductsProf. Dr. Andreas Bührig-Polaczek
aRAWnessEnhancing European Society Awareness of Raw MaterialsProf. Dr. Sabina Jeschke
AutoBoltReloadAutomated Bolt Reload - For underground Rock bolting rigsProf. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen
AWARDRM Documentary: A Series of RM Documentaries followed by Interactive WorkshopsProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
BlueHarvestingHydraulic Collector for Polymetallic Nodules from the DeepseaProf. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen
Prof. Dr. Hermann Wotruba
CDIO2Implementing CDIO in Raw Materials SectorProf. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen
CircularSerbiaBenefits from cooperations between EU recycling sector and Serbian industry (EIT RIS activity related to action line I)Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
DOCSUMCubeEIT Raw Materials PhD Summer School - Entrepreneurship in the Circular EconomyProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
DocSumECEEIT Doctoral Summer School on Entrepreneurship in a Circular EconomyProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
DOCSUMSCOEIT Raw Materials PhD Summer SchoolProf. Dr. Malte Brettel
DOCSUMSquareEIT Raw Materials PhD Summer School – train the trainer versionProf. Dr. Malte Brettel
ElectroFlex(Bio)Electrochemical extraction and recovery of metals from low grade ores and residuesProf. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
EMC-GCPEuropean Mining Course Game Changer ProgramProf. Dr. Bernd Lottemoser
eMentorEntreprenurship Mentor Network in Raw MaterialsProf. Dr. Malte Brettel
ESEE EducationESEE Education initiativesProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
FacadeReLogReverse logistics for the recovery of metals in the facade industryProf. Dr. Linda Hildebrand
FARMINField augmented reality in mineral exploration and miningProf. Florian Wellmann, Ph. D.
INSiteIn­situ ore grading system using LIBS in harsh environmentsProf. Dr. Peter Letmathe
MaMMaMaintained Mine & MachineProf. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen
MiReBooksMixed Reality Handbooks for Mining EducationMixed Reality Handbooks for Mining EducationProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
Prof. Dr. Bernd Lottermoser
MiReBooksPreProjectMixed Reality Handbooks for Mining EducationProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
Prof. Dr. Bernd Lottermoser
OpTaRecOptimising the Tantalum Recycling Process through Conditioning of Raw Materials, Process Automation and Material LogisticsProf. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
PCRecNetwork of Infrastructure on Product Centric RecyclingProf. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
PreFlexPre-treatment and physical separation of complex low grade ores and residuesProf. Dr. Thomas Pretz
PyroFlexNetwork on pyrometallurgical expertise and infrastructure for residue treatmentProf. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
RM@Schools 3.0Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools 3.0Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
RM@Schools 4.0Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools 4.0Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
SafeMinePhD-Programme Health and Safety in MiningProf. Dr. Bernd Lottermoser
ScaVangerSustainable supply of Nb, Sc and V from liquid waste from TiO2 plantsProf. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
Prof. Dr. Peter Letmathe
SisAISisAl Slag ValorisationProf. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
SlagValSlag valorisation for multi metal recovery and mineral resource productionProf. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
SOLVOFLEXSolvometallurgy Infrastructure and Expertise NetworkProf. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
UNDROMEDAUnderground Robotic System for Monitoring, Evaluation and Detection ApplicationsProf. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen
Visual3DVisualisation of 3D–4D models in exploration and geosciencesProf. Florian Wellmann, Ph.D.
VR-LabTeaching Laboratory-Scale, Pilot Plant & Full-Scale Melting Test EvaluationsProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
VR-MineIntegrating Virtual Reality into European Mining EducationProf. Dr. Christian Hopmann
Prof. Dr. Bernd Lottemoser
WEAREND2High-end wear-resistant WC-Co materialsProf. Dr. Kirsten Bobzin
WhISPERWaterless Iron Silicate Production with Energy RecoveryProf. Dr. Peter Letmathe

RWTH was not involved in the following projects as a partner, but nevertheless made a contribution to the content of the two booster projects by organizing and participating in workshops and conferences and by providing advice:

  • WEEE Idea Camp: Next steps in WEEE closing the loop, Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
  • TNTM: TalkNerdyToMe, Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann
  • INTUITION: Information Capturing of industrial needs and solutions in the metallurgical value chain, Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
  • NetFlot: Modelling the Flotation Process, Prof. Dr. Hermann Wotruba
  • WEEE Follow Up, Prof. Dr. Karl Bernhard Friedrich
  • PMC (Booster Funding): Purified Metal Company, Prof. Dr. Dieter Georg Senk
  • talpasolutions (Booster Funding): Sensor data based status monitoring and underground orientation of mining machinery, Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel