The EIB University Research Sponsorship (EIBURS) programme provides research grants of up to EUR 100 000 a year, for a period of three years, to research centres working on topics of major interest to the EIB Group (EIB and EIF).
Twenty-nine EIBURS research projects led by 24 universities and research centres from 11 countries have been financed so far. 
What is EIBURS?

An EIBURS is an EIB University Research Sponsorship granted to support EU research centres to develop activities in the selected research area, additional to those that would normally be carried out by the beneficiary centre. and on topics of major interest to the EIB Group. The number of EIBURS grants awarded each year depends on the available budget.

Each grant focuses on a different topic and the topics are defined by the EIB Group.

The grant is awarded through a competitive process following the publication of a call for proposals in the Official Journal of the European Union. Applicant institutions must be located in EU, Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries and have recognised expertise in the research theme in question.

How to apply?

The topics to be financed by EIBURS are initiated by EIB Group employees and selected by a Committee composed of EIB experts. The selection of topics is followed by a public call for proposals posted on the EIB Institute’s website and simultaneously published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The call for proposals specifies the topics and the deadline for admission of proposals. Usually the call for proposals is launched in June-July. Applications must be sent in English or French by electronic mail to the Head of the Knowledge Programme (institute@eib.org). They must be received at the EIB Institute no later than the specified deadline.The application should contain the following: – a letter from the Director of the department or research centre, expressing an interest in obtaining an EIBURS and accepting the conditions of the call for proposals, including the acceptance of the EIB’s final decision, must accompany the application. – research Proposal – dissemination activities – potential for cooperation with the EIB – calendar – budget – description of the research team and the research centre

Who is eligible?

University departments, research institutes and faculties or research centres in EU, Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries are eligible to apply for an EIBURS grant. They need to have proper legal status in order to ensure that a sponsorship contract with the EIB can be signed. Joint proposals are acceptable and encouraged. The research centre may propose joint activities with other public and private partners including non-EU ones. If the partnership includes a legal entity and is based in an eligible country the contract can be signed with the entity or with one of the eligible partners. The EIB will not accept any liability in relation to third parties participating in the research. A joint proposal should reflect the participation of the various partners working on the research.

How does the selection process work?

The selection process takes three to four months. It is a two-step process beginning with an evaluation of the applications by an Experts Group, consisting of EIB Group experts from different departments of the Bank.

If the call for proposals entails several topics, a different Experts Group is formed for each topic. The different aspects evaluated are: the quality of the proposal, the quality of the team, the impact of the proposed activity on the EIB. When there are several high-quality proposals the shortlisted applicants may be asked to provide additional information. The Experts Group prepares a recommendation for the Internal Steering Group, which makes the final decision. The Internal Steering Group Committee is composed of senior managers representing the various parts of the EIB Group. Once the grant has been awarded, a negotiation process with the selected centre to specify outputs will precede signature of a contract. The final decision of the Internal Steering Group is irrevocable. All the applicants are informed of the final decision and the results are also published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

What are the reporting requirements?

An EIBURS research grant provides up to EUR 100 000 a year, for a period of three years, but the continuation of the grant after each one-year period is conditional on the receipt and approval by the EIB of a progress report and a detailed work plan with its budget for the next year(s). EIBURS is a flexible instrument and as such it may allow changes in the activities proposed during the second and third-year periods. However, the research centre must present such changes, at the beginning of these two periods, for approval by the EIB contact person and the EIB Institute. The research centre is expected to provide sufficient information regarding its research activities and administrative matters. Besides the annual reports the research centre must send to the EIB Institute copies of all documents produced by the research team. The research centre (up to two researchers involved in the project) is expected to present a progress report of its research activities in the annual meetings organised at the EIB in Luxembourg. The research centre should include on its website a page on the EIBURS-supported activities. The results of the EIBURS research should be in the public domain and adequately disseminated to produce maximum benefit to the scientific and professional communities. The beneficiary must mention the EIB Institute’s support through EIBURS for any publication, activity, etc. supported by the sponsorship. The sponsorship will conclude after the acceptance of the final report produced by the research centre at the end of the three-year sponsorship period.  The EIB and the research centre will aim to resolve amicably any potential conflicts arising between them, possibly through the appointment by common agreement of a third party that would issue a final verdict.

Ongoing Projects


How can larger organisations also be innovative organisations? (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy)


– Impact of microfinance on financial and social inclusion in Europe (University Sacra Cuore, Italy).

Demographic change in the EU, the oldest-old and the need for innovative models of more efficient elderly care (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany). Click here for the most recent presentation.

Economic analysis of energy efficiency (London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom)


Administrative capacity building in Europe (University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom). Click here for the most recent presentation and here for the website.

2012-2015 (moved to 2015-2018)

– Measuring impact beyond financial return (IESE Business School)


You can access the research map here or download a list of the previous projects here.