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.

The Institute regularly organises seminars and conferences with high level speakers to encourage knowledge dissemination and innovative thinking about issues of particular concern to the EIB Group. These serve both to help staff in their work and inform the general public.

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.