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 has 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 will be selected through a competitive evaluation and selection process. To participate in the call, higher education institutions must apply via this website (see below). The deadline for submitting applications is 25 May 2021, and the selected projects will be announced in June.
During April 2020, a series of online info sessions took place to explain the HEI Initiative. If you missed these, or would like to review the content, you can view the recording or the slides from an info session.
One of the requirements of the Pilot Call is that all higher education institutions in a consortium must undertake an HEInnovate self-assessment to help define the contents of their Innovation Vision Action Plan. In this context, a webinar introducing HEInnovate took place in April 2020. You can still review the recording or the slides.
Use our online networking tool to connect with potential consortium partners and other organisations interested in the HEI Initiative. Live video networking daily until 16 April 2020; thereafter, message exchange services will be available until 24 May.