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Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies to take part in a new EITFUNDED project for boosting innovation

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LLU in Jelgava, which from September 1, 2022, will be known as the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (LBTU) will implement an ambitious project together with partners from Norway, Sweden and Estonia "Nordic Baltic Universities boosting entrepreneurial and innovation support systems (NOBALIS)".

The project aims to develop, share and expand innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) support capabilities in the areas of sustainable food production, circular economy and development of new green value chains – in line with the research areas of the participating higher education institutions (HEIs), and regional smart specialisation strategies.

The project will receive funding from the EIT HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education. This initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) aims to boost the entrepreneurial and innovation capacity of higher education institutions (HEIs) across Europe.

As part of this project, we will be working together with the following partners:

  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences – project lead (Norway),
  • Ard Innovation (Norway),
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden),
  • Linnaeus University (Sweden),
  • Estonian University of Life Sciences (Estonia),
  • Baltic Innovation Agency (Estonia).

Under the EIT HEI Initiative, the project will receive funding of €300,000 and it will run until December 2022, with the possibility of getting extended for 18 more months.

About the EIT HEI Initiative

The EIT HEI Initiative is a key objective for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology as part of its new strategy. The initiative aims to support HEIs with expertise and coaching, access to the EIT innovation ecosystem, the largest in Europe, and funding, enabling them to develop innovation action plans complementing the needs of individual HEIs. This is the EIT HEI Initiative’s second call for proposals, following the success of the 2021 Pilot Call. So far, the initiative has provided funding to nearly 50 projects. The next call for proposals is expected towards the end of 2022.

About the EIT

The EIT strengthens Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body and an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The Institute supports dynamic pan-European partnerships, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities, among leading companies, research labs and universities.

Submitted on: 25/08/2022