European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an EU body and part of the Horizon Europe programme, represents Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem by bringing together close to 3000 partners from business, research and education organisations.

Earlier this year EIT launched the first round of calls where 750 organisations applied for support, 24 projects were funded involving 142 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and 155 non-academic organisations and a total of EUR 28.8 million in funding, mentoring and access to the EIT’s innovation ecosystem mentoring. Building on the success of the first round of calls, the EIT is announcing a new call for proposals!

This call for proposals will fund up to 40 projects with a maximum award of EUR 1.2 million. The funding is expected to be rolled out in 2 phases. Phase 1 will cover July to December 2022 and with a maximum of EUR 300 000 to be awarded and Phase 2 will cover January 2023 to July 2024 with a maximum of EUR 900 000 in funding.  Activities eligible for this call include:

  • Fostering institutional engagement and change
  • Strengthening partnerships between higher education, business and research organisations
  • Developing innovation and business support services
  • Enhancing the quality of entrepreneurial education
  • Creating and disseminating knowledge

The deadline for proposals is February 28 2022. More details and access to the application portal can be found at

Find more information here.

EIT HEI Initiative