The EIB Institute was set up within the EIB Group (European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund) to promote and support social, cultural, and academic initiatives with European stakeholders and the public at large. It is a key pillar of the EIB Group’s community and citizenship engagement.
The EIB Institute is committed to reducing inequalities and promoting diversity and social cohesion within the EU Member States.
The Institute supports social innovation and entrepreneurs who aim to generate a societal impact (targeting social, ethical or environmental goals) or seek to create and sustain social value, typically related to unemployment, marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and access to education and other basic services.
We offer advice, finance research and knowledge transfer, and provide grants that support EU social cohesion goals via partnerships with local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), universities and academic networks, foundations, research institutes, corporate organisations and governmental bodies.
A flagship initiative, the Social Innovation Tournament, seeks to promote innovative ideas as well as to identify and reward opportunities promising substantial societal benefits or demonstrating best practices with tangible, scalable outcomes. It aims to create social value in relation to the fight against social exclusion.
To foster regional development through social innovation, the Institute and other partners have launched the first Regional Social Innovation Incubator, IRIS, in Amarante, Northern Portugal.
The EIB Institute organises regular meetings and seminars to present and transfer knowledge and best practices in respect of social issues such as inequality, well-being, impact investing, gender, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
The Institute provides grants only for the purposes of disaster relief and organises donations of IT equipment no longer used by the EIB Group.
In the area of microfinance, the Institute complements the actions of the EIB Group with both its Social and Knowledge activities – mainly through grants and sponsorships – by organising conferences and other initiatives and supporting higher education and research enabling the development of microfinance in Europe and beyond.
Financial education is one of the cornerstones of the EIBI’s strategy for reducing inequalities. We believe that effective promotion of financial education contributes to social and economic development and are actively supporting two pilot projects in Italy and Bulgaria.
A platform for optimizing waste and raw materials management
Smart sensors for air quality monitoring and improvement
Using bees as environmental drones to monitor the environment through pollen collection
A solar-powered distillation system for sustainable desalination of complex water supplies
Converting agricultural waste to plant-based alternatives replacing fossil-based plastics
The world's first breathing bioreactor to produce food ingredients and proteins more efficiently
A solar-powered UV measurement device that visualizes the process of solar water disinfection
A filter-free, low-tech solution for the removal of microplastics in water treatment
A big data platform for zeroing plastic footprints on the global plastic supply chain
A mobile steam machine for sustainable silviculture replacing pesticides
A smart shopping bag allowing users to plant trees, collect plastic from oceans and receive discounts
Upcycling of old diesel buses into clean, efficient buses powered 100% by renewables
Creating and developing a recycling channel for multi-component plastic packaging