The European Investment Bank channels most of its institutional relations with universities through an EIB-Universities Research Action consisting of three different programmes:

  • EIBURS, the EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme,
  • STAREBEI (STAges de REcherche BEI), a programme for financing young researchers working on joint EIB-University projects, and
  • EIB University Networks, a cooperation mechanism for university networks showing characteristics that are of particular relevance to supporting the objectives of the EIB Group.

EIBURS provides grants to University Research Centres working on research topics and themes of major interest to the Bank. EIB sponsorships, of up to EUR 100 000 per year for a period of 3 years, are awarded through a competitive process to interested university departments or research centres, associated with universities of EU, accession or acceding countries, with recognised expertise in EIB-selected areas, so they can expand their activities in these areas. The successful proposal will entail the delivery of a variety of outputs (research, organisation of courses and seminars, networking, dissemination of results, etc.) that will be the subject of a contractual agreement with the Bank.

For the academic year 2011/2012, the EIBURS programme has selected three new lines of research:

Proposals should be submitted in English or French and the deadline for presentation of proposals is 16 September 2011. Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered. Proposals should be sent to:

Electronic copy:


Hard copy:

EIB-Universities Research Action
100, boulevard Konrad Adenauer
2950 Luxembourg

To the attention of Ms Luísa Ferreira, Co-ordinator.

For more exhaustive information on the EIBURS selection process and on the other programmes and mechanisms, please visit: