HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education was launched by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and is led by EIT RawMaterials ‐ one of the EIT's Knowledge and Innovation Communities. It is part of the 2021–2027 EIT Strategy, and it aims to help higher education institutions to build the capacity to innovate and to teach innovation and entrepreneurship. More specifically, the initiative aims to encourage these institutions to look at their own practices and develop concrete actions to increase their impact on their ecosystems.
As part of HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education, the EIT announced a Pilot Call for Proposals, inviting higher education institutions to design activities that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity.
The call will fund 23 pilot projects to be implemented in 2021−2023. The total maximum budget per project is €1.2 million, broken down as follows: €400,000 for Phase 1 (July−December 2021) and €800,000 for Phase 2 (January 2022−July 2023).
The organisation that submits the proposal must be a higher education institution established in the EU or a country associated with Horizon Europe. This institution applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project (see the full eligibility requirements below).
Projects are selected through a competitive evaluation and selection process. To participate in the call, higher education institutions must have applied via this website (see below). The deadline for submitting applications was 25 May 2021, and the selected projects will be announced in July.
We are delighted to announce that the Pilot Call for Proposals has received a total of 64 applications from across Europe. Here are some additional figures about the participating partners:
Thank you for sending us your proposals for unlocking the potential of higher education in Europe, and stay tuned for the Pilot Call results on 12 July!