Recognizing Outstanding Deep Tech Training: EIT Deep Tech Talent Training Prize is now open for applications!

About the Prize

The Deep Tech Talent Training Prize celebrates the best-in-class organisations committed to upskilling, diversifying training partnerships and building inclusive training offerings in deep tech. The Deep Tech Talent Training prize aims to celebrate and reward organisations including training providers, universities, and industry partners for their exceptional contributions in tackling deep tech training challenges.

We encourage applications from a range of backgrounds and organisations. To be eligible for the prizes, applicants must meet the Deep Tech Talent Initiative pledger criteria and have successfully completed the pledge registration and quality check of the training.

Entry categories include:

  • Partner Training: This celebrates the training providers that have come together to develop robust and comprehensive courses that complement one another supporting our goal of upskilling 1 million learners in deep tech. Entering as a partnership allows all partners to become part of our Pledger community. Entries to this category must be made up of a minimum of two entries. Read here to find out more.
  • Targeted Training: This category is for individual training providers who have demonstrated excellence in a specific, targeted approach to address challenges in Deep Tech training. The target approach may address targeted audiences that are often underrepresented in Deep Tech fields(e.g., women, disadvantaged background, individuals re-entering the job market, etc.) or may address an immediate market or training need that is underdeveloped.

For more details on the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please check the Deep Tech Talent Initiative website.

Why enter?

  • To have the chance to collect Prize funds up to up to a maximum of 60,000 EUR per entity.
  • An opportunity to celebrate your excellence and be recognised as a leaderin the field of deep tech training in the EU.
  • Entrants will be benefit by becoming part of the EIT Deep Tech Talent Pledger community with access to larger, Europe-wide exclusive events, and numerous networking opportunities with leaders in deep tech.
  • Prize winners will get their hard work recognised and their training offer will get a quality seal by the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative.

One application per category – for evaluation and Prize criteria, please see www.eitdeeptechtalent.eu/calls-and-opportunities/training-prize

Deadline: 31 October 2023, 17hr CET

Call for proposals 3 for HEI Initiative

The third Call for Proposals for the HEI Initiative (Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education) will remain open until 28 February.

This call aims to increase the innovation and entrepreneurial capacity in higher education by bringing together HEIs in innovation value chains and ecosystems across Europe.

The call will select up to 16 consortia, who will receive a maximum of EUR 750 000 with up to EUR 350 000 for Phase 1 (May−December 2023) and up to EUR 400 000 for Phase 2 (January−July 2024). This call for proposals is open to all types of stakeholders. For the first time, the call is open to both new organisations and existing partners from the Pilot Call and the second call for proposals.

The selected consortia should show how they will build innovation capacity through the integration of deep tech talent-fostering activities. They must also demonstrate how their applications align with the Deep Tech Talent Initiative and contribute to deep tech innovation.

The goal of the Deep Tech Talent Initiative is to develop and offer pan-European talent and skills development programmes to skill, re-skill and up-skill at least 1 million talents in the coming next three years (2023-2025). In this way, the Europe’s labour force is expected to be expanded in high growth companies working in deep tech fields, encompassing advanced materials and manufacturing, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, blockchain, robotics, aerospace, photonics, electronics, quantum computing, sustainable energy and cleantech. The Deep Tech Talent initiative is led by EIT under the new European Innovation Agenda adopted by the European Commission in 2022.

Consortia must submit their applications until 28 February 2023, by 17:00 CET. The selected projects will be announced in May 2023.

Networking and Matchmaking platform

For organisations that would like to apply to the initiative but are missing participants for creating a full cohort, the initiative has a Conversation Starter platform available exclusively for this Call 3. Register in the platform to meet and match with other organisations whose HEI proposal concepts are aligned.

 Registration link.

Further details and supporting documents

The HEI initiative is an activity part of the EIT Community portfolio. The KICs participating in the HEI initiative are: EIT RawMaterials, EIT Health, EIT Urban Mobility, EIT Manufacturing, EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT Climate-KIC.