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EIT HEI Initiative: Unlocking the potential of higher education institutions for innovation and entrepreneurship

EIT Food is proud to participate in the EIT HEI Initiative to support higher education institutions with expertise and coaching, access to the EIT innovation ecosystem, and funding, enabling them to develop innovation action plans that complement the needs of individual higher education institutions.

Annual Calls for Proposals

The EIT’s HEI Initiative organizes annual calls for proposals, inviting European higher education institutions to design institution-wide action plans that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity across all institutional levels. By supporting such activities, this new EIT initiative will create systemic impact, empowering HEIs to become regional engines of innovation and foster sustainable growth and jobs across Europe.

Eligible participants for the Calls for Proposals encompass higher education institutions, public bodies (local, regional, or national), various types of enterprises, intermediary organizations representing higher education institutions, research institutions, and countries within the Horizon Europe program.

Project objectives may encompass various themes, such as:

  • Promoting institutional engagement and facilitating change.
  • Reinforcing collaborations among higher education, business, and research organizations.
  • Cultivating innovation and enhancing business support services.
  • Elevating the quality of entrepreneurial education.
  • Generating and sharing knowledge.

Project lead

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Laura Borge del Rey

Programme Manager Education

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Cara Maeztu

Project Manager Education