The Institute supports higher education and research activities, mainly through grants or sponsorships (EIBURS, STAREBEI).

The Institute fosters higher education through cooperation agreements with universities and research centres across Europe. The Institute conducts student consultancy projects (Capstones) on selected topics relevant to the EIB Group’s activities and organises courses on the EIB Group’s role, missions and activities.

The Institute regularly organises seminars and supports conferences with prominent 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.

In July 2018, the Institute organised the first EIB Summer School a pilot project to test the programme and content for a fully-fledged EIB Summer School that will be launched in 2019 and will target students from EIB partner universities across Europe.

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