The EIB Institute is committed to reducing inequalities and promoting diversity and social cohesion within the EU Member States.

The Institute supports social innovation and entrepreneurs who aim to generate a social impact (targeting social, ethical or environmental goals) or seek to create and sustain social value, typically related to unemployment, marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and access to education and other basic services.

We offer advice, finance research and knowledge transfer, and provide grants that support EU social cohesion goals via partnerships with local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), universities and academic networks, foundations, research institutes, corporate organisations and governmental bodies.

A flagship initiative, the Social Innovation Tournament, seeks to promote innovative ideas as well as to identify and reward opportunities promising substantial societal benefits or demonstrating best practices with tangible, scalable outcomes. It aims to create social value in relation to the fight against social exclusion.

We are also a catalyst for action and innovation through a social platform that aims to facilitate the involvement of current and retired EIB Group staff in social activities, help develop new initiatives in this domain and promote their involvement and voluntary work in the local community.

With grants and donations the Institute plays an active role in supporting humanitarian, cultural and social initiatives. Click here to see some of the projects and initiatives we have supported.

In the area of microfinance, the Institute complements the actions of the EIB Group through both its Social and Knowledge activities -mainly through grants and sponsorships- by organising conferences and other initiatives and supporting higher education and research enabling the development of microfinance in Europe and beyond.

Financial education is one of the cornerstones of the EIBI’s strategy for reducing inequalities. We believe that effective promotion of financial education contributes to social and economic development and are actively expanding our activities in this area.