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InfraBooster Foundation

The initial level of InfraBooster educational modules.

The application process status:
closed in 2023


Initial level of InfraBooster educational modules, serving as the foundation for more advanced training.

It ensures that participants adopt standard vocabulary and gain understanding of the innovative contexts, in which research infrastructures could be leveraged for science-industry collaboration.

It also helps participants identify the most viable research infrastructures, enabling beneficiary organisations to encourage multiple research teams to apply once the basic understanding has been gained.

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Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Reside and work in one of the regions covered by EIT Regional Innovation Scheme or Western Balkans;
  2. Be employed at higher education institutes or public research institutes which own research infrastructure;
  3. Priority will be given to: scientists, technicians, and experts working at technology transfer centres, research centres and support offices.


  • EIT Food InfraBooster Foundation only invites applicants from scientific organisations (universities and research institutes) for this training that own research infrastructure.
  • InfraBooster organisers also reserve the right to accept only a limited number of applicants per scientific organisation. The exact number will be decided proportionally to the total number of received applications in each edition.
  • Recruitment for InfraBooster is open for RIS countries - EU Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain), Horizon Europe Associated Countries and Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Türkiye, Ukraine).

Course outline

EIT Food InfraBooster Foundation helps representatives of scientific organisations identify, specify, promote and manage research infrastructures used for science-industry collaboration. The course is delivered as synchronous online training, involving presentations, discussions, case studies, individual and team assignments.

  1. Introduction to EIT Food InfraBooster certification pathways: knowledge, skills and competences; benefits for participants and their organisations.
  2. Leveraging research infrastructures (RIs) for knowledge transfer: third mission of universities and public research institutes (going beyond teaching and research, societal contributions, knowledge transfer scenarios); making money from research at scientific organisations: technology transfer, spin-offs, contract R&D, analytical services and education and the opportunities for making money from commercial access to RIs; RIs of scientific organisations that open up opportunities for industrial collaboration and revenue generation: benefits, limitations and risks.
  3. How to select research infrastructures (RIs) for knowledge transfer: identifiable, relevant and competitive RIs; looking for RIs differentiators; RIs as the basis for commercial strategy.
  4. Case study - knowledge transfer opportunities, decision making and selection criteria: discussion of research focus areas a fictional university faculty (FADES), types of R&D activities and opportunities for industrial collaboration; research infrastructures - sources of uniqueness, target customers/industries that benefit from the RI, ways of making money from the RI, existing versus planned RIs.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise and articulate how research infrastructures (RIs) can contribute to organizational transformation and achieving societal impacts, referring where appropriate, to the relevant opportunities for commercial uses of RIs [Technology management]
  • Analyse the value and relevance of RIs owned by scientific organisations for industrial collaboration and revenue generation [Technology management]
  • Apply criteria of identifiable, relevant and competitive RIs to select RIs owned by scientific organisations that could be leveraged for commercial initiatives [Critical thinking]

Following modules

EIT Food InfraBooster Foundation as the initial level of the training program will be followed by modules dedicated for:

  • scientists,
  • marketing,
  • business development,
  • technology transfer experts,
  • infrastructure managers.

EIT Food InfraBooster Practitioner as the second level of the training program is preceded by InfraBooster Foundation serving as the foundation for Practitioner training:

  • helps participants identify the most viable research infrastructures;
  • enables beneficiary organisations to encourage multiple research teams to apply once the basic understanding has been gained.

EIT Food InfraBooster Practitioner will be followed by the Expert level modules focusing on:

  • RIs management, including intellectual property, risks, legal and financial aspects.

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