The Institute channels support, mainly through grants or sponsorships (EIBURS, STAREBEI) to higher education and research activities, particularly in the field of applied economics within Europe, and through cooperation agreements with Universities across Europe.

Each year, the European Investment Bank (EIB) awards the EIB Prize to recognise and stimulate excellence in economic and social research and its implementation and diffusion.

Each year also, the EIB-European Regional Science Association (ERSA) prize recognises the outstanding contribution of scholars to the advancement of regional science in Europe.

The Institute regularly organises seminars and conferences with high level speakers.

The current state of these activities is presented to and discussed with EIB staff involved and invited experts in an annual meeting organised at the EIB in Luxembourg.