Full partners

Savonia University of Applied Sciences (Lead partner)

Finland

University of Forestry - Sofia

Bulgaria

Vilnius College of Technologies and Design

Lithuania

Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava

Romania

National Resources Institute Finland

Finland

Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry

Lithuania

Associated partners

Ecotechproduct LTD

Bulgaria

Bio and Circular Cluster

Finland

Kuopio Health Co-op.

Finland

North Savo Agri-Food Cluster

Finland

DigiCenterNS

Finland

Energy Cluster North Savo

Finland

Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Romania

Assist Software

Romania

Max. funding Phase 1
€ 300,000
Max. funding Phase 2
€ 900,000
Supported by
EIT Climate-KIC
Coordinated by
EIT RawMaterials

Project description

ILCA unites four higher education institutions (HEIs) and two research organisations under the theme of climate.

The project has three objectives:

  • strengthen human capital in climate innovation and entrepreneurship by training and mentoring students, academic and non-academic staff in systemic problem solving;
  • advance multi-disciplinary climate and social innovation capacity by establishing climate innovation laboratories, and involving ecosystem actors in the design of climate innovation projects;
  • support the preparedness and competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in climate transition and digitalisation.

In Phase 1, the project will develop and test a training and mentoring programme with two research institutions as full partners and associate partners from regional ecosystems who are close to the working life.

The other action will be value-flow mapping and engagement of the actors in climate ecosystems by identifying shared purposes and motivations. In this phase, the project will also start developing the climate innovation laboratories. As part of its third objective, the project will run a survey among SMEs to identify their needs and create a portfolio of support services that will be tested.

In Phase 2, each HEI will further develop the training programme according to its subject area. At the end of the project, the consortium will develop ‘climate microcredentials’ that fully comply with the Common Microcredential Framework.

The climate innovation laboratories will develop research-and-innovation (R&I) projects based on pre-defined impact/mission areas for climate actions. Meanwhile, the organisational model (actor’s role, protocols of collaboration and communication channels) of innovation laboratories will be developed and continuously adapted through feedback loops.

The project will have the following outcomes:

  • Capacity building: At least four HEIs will adopt the ‘climate micro-credentials’ that were developed, tested, and improved during the project.
  • Ecosystem integration and engagement: At least eight climate and social innovation projects will be developed in at least four different smart-specialisation-based innovation ecosystems.
  • Regional growth and competitiveness: At least 32 start-ups and scale-ups will improve their capacities for climate transition and digital transformation, as well as their overall competitiveness and growth.
  • Institutional change: At least one multidisciplinary organisational mechanism and incentive system will be implemented to enable the integrative and systemic nature of HEIs’ education and R&I activities.

Project timeline