Full partners

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Lead partner)


Institute for Sustainable Transition and Development - Trakia University


Politecnic University of Turin


University of Udine


Politehnica University of Bucharest


Université catholique de Louvain


Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung


Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


Associated partners

Future.Solutions Sàrl


University of Birmingham

United Kingdom

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

Project description

KICstartH2 aims to accelerate hydrogen uptake throughout Europe through education and innovation, targeting students and industry professionals. The project consortium will consist of nine higher education institutions (HEIs), two research institutes, and one small and medium-sized enterprise consulting firm. They will bring forward niche educational methodologies that not only tackle content on hydrogen technologies, but also innovation methods in business and management.

By combining these aspects of education, research and business, the project will:

  • cater to the needs of academics and industry groups;
  • support the creation of key knowledge;
  • foster business developments that will build on these new ideas;
  • bring together the spheres of learning and commerce to activate new insights and future societal growth towards a sustainable energy future.

Through a set of six actions, KICstartH2 will build on institutional capacities of digitisation, internationalisation and collaboration to provide online modules of hydrogen education and business innovation through flipped learning methodologies. KICstartH2 seeks to further expand on these capabilities to attract more talent to HEI programmes and place them as leading experts in hydrogen within their respective regions. This will allow for a diversification and development of their innovation ecosystems through collaborations with associations, industrial players and policymakers.

Project timeline

EIT HEI Timeline March 2022