European Investment Bank Institute

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 Institute aims at channelling support, mainly through grants or sponsorship, to higher education and research activities, particularly in the field of applied economics within Europe.
The Institute committed to acting as a catalyst for economic and social development within the EU Member States.

The EIB Institute recognises the value of the arts and culture as an integral part of both effective community engagement and corporate social responsibility.
The Institute supports higher education and research activities, mainly through grants or sponsorships (EIBURS, STAREBEI). The Institute fosters higher education through cooperation agreements with universities and research centres across Europe.


The EIB University Research Sponsorship (EIBURS) programme provides grants to support EU universities and research centres to develop activities in selected research areas additional to those that would normally be carried out by the beneficiary and on topics of major interest to the EIB Group (EIB and EIF).

An EIBURS is a research grant of up to EUR 100 000 a year, for a period of three years, The number of EIBURS grants awarded each year depends on the available budget. Each grant focuses on a different topic defined by the EIB Group.

Thirty-one EIBURS research projects led by 24 universities and research centres from 11 countries have been financed so far.

MEMI project was awarded with a EIRBUS grant in 2016 in the following topic:
» "Impact of Microfinance on Financial and Social Inclusion in Europe"

European Investment Bank Institute