EIT Food InfraBooster promotes effective use of publicly-funded research infrastructures owned by universities or research institutes and relevant to R&D efforts of private sector companies and startups.
Unlocking the hidden value of European research infrastructures
EIT Food InfraBooster is a modular training program for representatives of scientific organisations that own agri-food research infrastructures. It offers capacity building and support in designing infrastructure-based services that could be offered for companies.
You will be able to leverage the existing assets: commercially-relevant research infrastructures, skills and knowledge of research teams.
InfraBooster will bring you closer to the industry, increasing the collaboration, international exposure and innovativeness of your institution, and help you establish new source of revenues.
EIT Food InfraBooster is an educational program implemented as part of EIT Food RIS Public Sector Representatives Activity Line (PSRAL), 2023-2025, a project that has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under the Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
The program is based on the methodology and experiences of EIT Food RIS Research Infrastructure Network, implemented in 2021-2022 by University of Warsaw, which has led to the successful development of 16 new commercially available services, offered by universities and research institutes from Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain.
InfraBooster scales up the support for scientific organisations in 2023-2025 and aims to significantly increase the competitiveness and industrial exposure of the scientific organisations in Europa, in particular: in the countries of EIT Regional Innovation Scheme.
EIT Food RIS Infrabooster will be delivered online using digital tools.
- Identification of “sleeping beauties” - hidden values of research infrastructures and pockets of excellence in scientific organisations, enhancing their access to European markets
- Establishing new commercialisation pathways for scientific institutions, complementing the traditional technology transfer and spinoff creation;
- Increase in science-industry collaboration (universities and research institutes initiating collaboration with large industry players, startups/scaleups and international companies);
- Innovative services, based on research infrastructures of scientific organisations, will be designed and offered to commercial clients (companies);
- Improved efficiency of public investments in R&D / research infrastructures;
- Implementing the EIT’s mandate to “increase the entrepreneurial and innovation capacity of higher education across Europe by promoting and supporting institutional change in HEIs and the integration of HEIs in innovation ecosystems”;
- Synergies with regional/national smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) and EU-level programs aimed at increasing the effective use of research infrastructures, as well as international initiatives aimed at promoting long-term sustainability of research infrastructures (EU/OECD).