European Excellence Initiative (EEI)

Targeted at academic sector. Aims to significantly strengthening cooperation between at least two organisations from academic sector in a Widening country (or different Widening countries), by linking it with at least two internationally leading institutions from two different Member States or Associated Countries.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Integrated and longer-term cooperation between the partner universities in the network, and with actors in surrounding ecosystems, jointly creating critical mass to contribute better to major societal challenges
  • Tangible progress towards institutional transformation / modernisation of universities (in its broadest sense), with a particular emphasis on the entities located in widening countries
  • Strengthened cooperation with a view to raising excellence, global competitiveness, and general attractiveness for international talents and investments
  • Contribute to a portfolio of successful cooperation models for modernisation/ transformation at research and innovation level, in synergy with their education dimension
  • Facilitate future synergies between the European Education Area and the European Research Area, in particular liaising with the European Universities pilot projects

Type of Action: Coordination and Support Action – lump sum (CSA-LS)
Project Duration: up to 3 years.
Project Composition: Comprehensive universities, small universities, non-university research centres, academy of science institutes, polytechnic universities, universities of applied science, and specialised laboratories. Actors of surrounding innovation ecosystems are encouraged to be involved as partner organisations.

Eligible Costs:

  • At least 70% of the budget should be allocated to the beneficiaries based in widening countries or benefit directly the institutional transformation of such beneficiaries.
  • Entities who already benefit from the European Universities initiative pilot funding of Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 can participate, but are excluded from receiving funding through this action.
  • Comprehensive set of activities to be supported: short term staff exchanges; expert visits and short-term on-site or virtual training; workshops; conference attendance; organisation of joint summer school type activities; dissemination and outreach activities; research management and administration.