Full partners

Universidade de Aveiro (Lead Partner)


Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek


Dundalk Institute of Technology


Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship


Ikonomicheski universitet - Varna




VIA University College



United Kingdom

Edinburgh Napier University

United Kingdom

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


University of Information Technology and Management


Max. funding Phase 1
€ 350,000
Max. funding Phase 2
€ 400,000
Supported by
EIT UrbanMobility
Coordinated by
EIT RawMaterials

Project description

SFF.DeepT+ Project sets the pathway to the future, towards 2030 and beyond, with a new Systemic DeepTech Innovation framework that involves (as drivers and key-actors) the relevant stakeholders of an Open European Innovation Ecosystem. The project is grounded in the consolidated Start for Future initiative and community, being the driver of a NEW DEAL OF INNOVATION which bridges and brings together the Knowledge Triangle partners with an effective collaborative capacity, built through the understanding of interconnectedness in achieving synergies of co-creation among partners, and capability to adapt to emerging changes in society.

It is part of the mission of SFF.DeepT+ to change the perspective on innovation by building a fast-growing alliance and, therefore, creating a university-driven ecosystem that endorses innovation and its impact on society at the economical, ecological, technological, and societal levels.

Stakeholders within institutions and their ecosystems will be invited to and organically engaged in a dynamic, democratic, inclusive and responsible co-creation process for a truly community-based and participatory system. This approach brings together students, professionals, and academic staff of HEIs and emphasises the potential of each in the process of learning and knowledge sharing.

SFF.DeepT+ engages Bachelor, Master’s and PhD students, as well as early-stage researchers, in business, start-up and spin-off creation through Project-based, transdisciplinary formats built on challenges defined by stakeholders of the Knowledge Triangle, cities, regions, and businesses, and aligned with the UN SDGs.

Namely, SFF.DeepT+ brings the added value of:

  • a holistic approach to innovation with a DeepTech focus, providing a ‘thinking’ framework for co-creation to enhance synergies;
  • a deep tech-based incubation programme focused on three different technological maturity levels, capitalising the Start for Future Programme;
  • bridging research and society by means of a conceptual framework, methodologies and actions for the capacitation of DeepTech PhD students and early-stage researchers (start-up and spin-off founders), developing their intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial competences;
  • scaling and digitising the SFF.DeepT+ community;
  • addressing responsibility, gender and impact dimensions.

The holistic approach of SFF.DeepT+ addresses the following Strategic Objectives of the EIT KICs Urban Mobility:

  • Close the knowledge gap;
  • Accelerate market opportunities;
  • EIT Manufacturing: Competitive manufacturing skills and social sustainability;
  • Powerful manufacturing innovation ecosystems;
  • EIT Health: Fostering healthier lives.

Project coordinator

Barbara Gabriel, Vice-Dean for Internationalisation at Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Aveiro (contact)

Project website


Project timeline

EIT HEI Timeline May 2023