The EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS) is part of the EIB-Universities Research Action, through which the EIB aims to foster its institutional relations with universities. EIBURS provides grants to university research centres working on research topics and themes of major interest to the Bank. EIB bursaries, of up to EUR 100 000 per year for a period of three years, are awarded through a competitive process to interested university departments or research centres associated with universities in the EU, Accession or Acceding Countries, with recognised expertise in areas of direct interest to the Bank. The scholarship seeks to enable the chosen centres to expand their activities in these areas.

For the 2007-2010 period, the EIBURS programme has selected two lines of research:

The EIB has received 10 formal proposals for the 2 EIBURS sponsorships proposed for the 2007-2010 period. The following table indicates the distribution of the applicants by country and theme:

I: Public Investment under Budgetary Restrictions in New Member States 3 1 2
II: Quantitative Analysis and Analytical Method to Price Securitisation Deals 7 1 3 1 1 1
TOTAL 10 1 1 5 1 1 1

The EIB-Universities Committee decided, on 6 June 2007, to award the EIBURS on the line of research "Quantitative Analysis and Analytical Method to Price Securitisation Deals" to the Technical University of Eindhoven. The programme of activities envisaged by this EIBURS will be published on this website once the contract with the University has been signed.

For reasons that we are currently investigating, the number of proposals received for the "Public Investment under budgetary constraints in New Member States" EIBURS research line was extremely low. Considering this fact and the inadequate focus of the proposals received, the EIB-Universities Committee has decided to re-launch a call for proposals for the same theme, with some clarifications on what is expected, giving an extension of the deadline until the 28th of September 2007.

All applicants have been directly informed of these results.

The selection of the second EIBURS for 2007 will be made in October. The next round of EIBURS is expected to be launched early next year. The themes to be proposed will be announced with the launch.

For more extensive information on EIBURS and on the other programmes and mechanisms of the EIB-Universities Research Action, STAREBEI (STAges de REcherche BEI) and EIB University Networks, please visit the EIB-University Research Action homepage.