Pilot project for Cultural and Creative Industries EAC\S11\2018

Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting for Cultural and Creative Industries (FLIP for CCIs)

What is it about?

Culture, the arts, creativity and creative industries are inter-connected and inter- dependent. Combining knowledge and skills specific to cultural and creative sectors with those of other sectors helps generate innovative solutions to societal challenges. To really tap into the transformative power of culture, a holistic approach is required, focussing on ecosystems where culture and creativity exist and support each other, and to ensure the flow of knowledge and skills from the CCIs to more traditional industries.

Cultural diversity and identification of the proper cultural mix are of strategic importance for creativity and innovation. The cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in Europe employ more than 12 million workers or 7.5% of the European workforce. As a result, they create about EUR 509 billion in added value, in particular through the contribution made by small and micro enterprises. CCIs represent a driving force generating a competitive advantage for Europe, especially since they provide products and services that promote evolution of the production paradigms of Industry 4.0.

The importance of Cultural and Creative Industries has been acknowledged in different policy documents as well as by the European Parliament Resolution on a coherent EU policy for cultural and creative industries of December 2016. The Parliament Resolution on CCIs stresses the importance of cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in the economy and job creation, in promoting and preserving cultural diversity, strengthening social cohesion and increasing Europe’s attractiveness internationally. CCIs play a key role in reindustrializing Europe and trigger innovation spill-overs in many other sectors, from manufacturing to education or social inclusion.


The general objective of this pilot project is to define and test policies and actions for sustaining and developing cultural and creative industries and to generating cross-sectoral benefits and spill-overs in the different areas and sectors CCIs interface with.

The pilot project should cover in particular the following aspects concerning CCIs: Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting (FLIP):

  • Finance (Elaboration of guidelines, follow-up of EU CCI actions)
  • Learning (Support skills classification system, development of guidelines for CCI skills development, activities and dissemination)
  • Innovation (Guidelines for CCIs development, good practice cases and showcase events on innovative models, peer-to-peer hubs exchange)
  • Patenting (Analysis, case studies and recommendations)

The types of activities eligible under this call for proposals could be:

  • workshops, seminars, study-visits, meetings
  • exchange programmes, peer learning
  • training and skills development activities
  • development of communication activities
  • actions aiming at exchanges of good practices, development of guidelines, recommendations, manuals, reports

In the same framework, iED has already implemented several innovative projects which included innovative practices.  If you are interested in applying for this call you could contact us and further discuss the available options.

Submission deadline: 10 Aug 2018,  24:00 Brussels’ time (CET)


The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is: 1,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

The support of a project for cultural and creative industries shall be at the centre of this action. The financial contribution from the Commission cannot exceed 80% of the total eligible costs.

Eligibility of the applicants:

To be eligible applicants must:

  • be a public27 or private organisation with legal personality (natural persons are not eligible to apply for a grant under this call);
  • be a single entity involved in strategic support – related to the core aspects of the project – to CCIs, particularly SMEs and micro-enterprises, active in the cultural and creative sectors, or a consortium of which most of its members should be active in the cultural and creative sectors28
  • have their registered legal office in one of the beneficiary European countries under the Creative Europe programme.

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