HEI INITIATIVE Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education

Unlocking the potential of higher education institutions  for innovation and entrepreneurship

HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education was launched by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and is led by EIT RawMaterials ‐ one of the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities. It is part of the 2021–2027 EIT Strategy, and it aims to help higher education institutions to build the capacity to innovate and to teach innovation and entrepreneurship. More specifically, the initiative aims to encourage these institutions to look at their own practices and develop concrete actions to increase their impact on their ecosystems.

About the call

Pilot Call for Proposals from higher education institutions

The call

As part of HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education, the EIT has announced a Pilot Call for Proposals, inviting higher education institutions to design activities that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity.

Read the press release & factsheet. You can also check out these frequently asked questions and see the list of KIC partners.


The call will fund 23 pilot projects to be implemented in 2021−2023. The total maximum budget per project is €1.2 million, broken down as follows: €400,000 for Phase 1 (July−December 2021) and €800,000 for Phase 2 (January 2022−July 2023).

Info sessions

Introduction to HEInnovate

One of the requirements of the Pilot Call is that all higher education institutions in a consortium must undertake an HEInnovate self-assessment to help define the contents of their Innovation Vision Action Plan.

In the link below, you can register for a free webinar to learn more about HEInnovate. Registration is limited to 500 participants, and slots are getting booked fast, so reserve your spot as soon as possible.

The webinar will be recorded and made available on the HEI Initiative website later.

Matchmaking & networking

Want to connect with potential consortium partners for the HEI Initiative Pilot Call?

Use our online networking tool to connect with potential consortium partners and other organisations interested in the HEI Initiative. Live video networking daily until 16 April 2020; thereafter, message exchange services will be available until 24 May.

Register now