The DEEPTECH-2M Project will build up HEIs’ capacity to foster deep tech talent in order to respond to the identified importance of deep tech talent development for the future of innovation and security in Europe.

The Project vision is to become the leading European initiative that empowers the whole innovation ecosystem to develop world-class solutions to global challenges.

Through the EIT Knowledge Triangle, interaction between business, education, innovation, and multi-disciplinary efforts of different stakeholders will be integrated to establish and support the deep tech innovation ecosystem in:

EIT HEI Initiative SMART-2M Project consortium (Cohort 1), with one new HEI, will realise the DEEPTECH-2M Project, building on existing SMART-2M activities in deep tech. Five universities (Ireland, France, Greece, Serbia, Spain), deep tech start-ups, SMEs (Poland, Ireland), a business network (Serbia), and a global high-tech company (France) will jointly implement at least seven Actions from five Domains. Aiming for long-term sustainability, to design a realistic Project IVAP, The Project objectives considered the HEInnovate self-assessments. Project results will strongly contribute to the strategic objectives of at least four EIT KICs – EIT RawMaterials, EIT Manufacturing, EIT Health, and EIT Digital – including the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS).

The Project IVAP will achieve a pre-defined number of EIT Core KPIs and specific EIT KPIs in Phase 1, increasing in Phase 2. In total (for Phase 1 and Phase 2), these KPIs are a minimum of:

This Project will improve Knowledge/Technology Transfer Offices by adopting a model for a multi-annual HEI Transferability Plan to achieve institutional change in line with the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative, and considering Smart Specialisation, including:

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About the EIT’s HEI Initiative

The EIT’s HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education was launched by the European Institute of Innovation and technology (EIT) and is led by EIT RawMaterials − one of the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities.

The initiative is part of the EIT’s 2021–2027 EIT Strategy, and it aims to help higher education institutions to build the capacity to innovate and to teach innovation and entrepreneurship. More specifically, the initiative aims to encourage these institutions to look at their own practices and develop concrete actions to increase their impact on their ecosystems.

In March 2020, the HEI Initiative launched a Pilot Call for Proposals, inviting higher education institutions to design activities that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity. We are pleased to announce the results of this Pilot Call. To stay updated on the latest developments, visit the initiative website ( and subscribe to our newsletter.