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EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative Call for Training Proposals

Funding Program

European Institute of Innovation and Technology



20.06.2024 17:00

Funding rate

100 %

Call budget

€ 2,000,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

between € 100,000.00 and € 150,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

The EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative has announced the launch of its Call for Training Proposals  for Organisations to collaboratively create new courses, training and skills development programmes to train people in deep tech. Proposals should be aimed at developing tertiary training, with audiences including students and faculty at universities, those seeking vocational training, and professionals looking to develop their skills further.

Call objectives

The Deep Tech Talent Initiative Call for Training Proposals is specifically designed to engage a wide array of organizations committed to pioneering the future of deep technology education and skill development across Europe. This call is open to a diverse range of entities, including educational institutions, non-profits, startups, and companies, which align with the initiative's goal to enhance deep tech capabilities in Europe.

Addressing this goal requires innovative approaches to training and education that meet current industry standards and anticipate the needs of the future. Therefore, applicants to this Call for Training Proposals must demonstrate a history of success in tackling deep tech training challenges and a forward-thinking vision that contributes to sustainable, long-term impact in the deep tech ecosystem.

Applicants should clearly demonstrate that their proposals will lead to a creation of a new course, training, or skills development programme.

Proposals should reflect on past achievements and outline clear, actionable implementation strategies for future training. These strategies should aim to achieve scalable solutions that can be adapted and replicated across different contexts and communities, thereby amplifying the initiative's impact on a pan-European scale.

Through this Call for Training Proposals, the Deep Tech Talent Initiative seeks to catalyse collaboration among stakeholders in the deep tech training ecosystem, promote the exchange of best practices and innovative methodologies, and ultimately, contribute to the creation of a highly skilled, adaptable, and inclusive deep tech workforce capable of leading Europe's technological future.

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Expected effects and impacts

The EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative aims to train one million talents in deep tech areas, by the end of 2025. These talents will be EIT’s contribution to Europe to have future entrepreneurs and innovators who can help solve our major societal challenges with the help of deep tech technologies.

During this three-year timeframe, the EIT will coordinate and oversee the following activities, which pave the way to reaching the target:

  • Develop, upscale and launch new deep tech training by the EIT Community, under the lead of EIT Manufacturing, while also building links with the newly launched EIT Campus, the future one-stop-shop portal integrating education offered by all EIT Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs).
  • Engage training providers, companies, institutional and financing partners to join the initiative via the Pledge for Deep Tech Talent (
  • Incentivize the creation or improvement of new or existing deep tech training programs through Calls for Proposals to develop new deep tech courses.
  • Launch of a Deep Tech Platform for European deep tech education, listing all deep tech courses and related tools to offer value via the ecosystem for those that have been trained and for the organizations that join the initiative from the EIT community and beyond (e.g. technology radar, talent and skills matching tool, learners’ database).

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Expected results

The Deep Tech Talent Initiative is designed to catalyse significant advancements in deep tech education and training across Europe. Through this Call for Training Proposals, we anticipate a range of impactful outcomes that will collectively elevate the capabilities, reach, and innovation within the deep tech sector. Successful training programs developed through the call are expected to achieve the following objectives:

  • Innovation in Course Development: Design and launch ground-breaking courses, trainings and skills development programs.
  • Bridging the Deep Tech Skills Gap: Specifically target and mitigate the skills shortages in the following deep tech areas:
    • Advanced Computing / Quantum Computing
    • Advanced Materials
    • Artificial Intelligence applied to specific sectors
    • Cybersecurity
    • Robotics
    • Semiconductors (microchips)
    • Clean technologies
    • Immersive technologies
  • Enhancing Program Appeal and Reach: Focus on empowering underrepresented groups through training programs, particularly aiming at bridging the skills gap and fostering diversity and inclusion within the deep-tech. Specifically, It has been expected to list the activities that will be undertaken to attract women participation in training programs and provide attention to ensuring inclusivity across all EU members states and those members states that score low in terms of advanced digital skills levels, according to the Digital Economy and Society Index.
  • Reaching the target of the goal by the end of 2025: Increase the desirability and reputation of deep tech training programs, with a goal of engaging more talents annually. This effort will ensure a steady influx of skilled professionals ready to tackle the challenges and opportunities in the deep tech industry. The proposals should describe efforts to reach a goal of at minimum 500 trained learners by June 2025, of which at least 30% represent women, on the newly created training program.
  • Fostering Creativity and Innovation: Support the development of innovative training methodologies that encourage creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking among participants. This includes incorporating hands-on, real-world trainings and collaborative learning experiences that mirror the dynamic nature of the deep tech sector. Any type of training can be envisaged: online, offline, seminars, master and doctoral programs, workshops, summer or winter schools, if they meet the outlined criteria.
  • Adherence to High Standards: Ensure that all courses adhere to the Quality Check standards by adherence to specified mandatory criteria which uphold the quality and relevance of deep tech training.
  • Collaborative Efforts and Phased Implementation: Applications must involve a consortium of at least two entities, demonstrating a collaborative approach to deep tech training. All partners must become pledgers of the Deep Tech Talent Initiative by the time of proposal submission.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Iceland (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), New Zealand (Aotearoa), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom

eligible entities

Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

Any legal entities are welcome to apply, provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with the specific call conditions.

A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognized as such under national law, EU law, or international law, which has legal personality, and which may, acting in its name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations.

To be eligible for the call, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:

  • The Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
  • The EU Outermost regions linked to the Member States of the European Union.
  • The countries associated with Horizon Europe;

To be eligible for the Deep Tech Talent Training Call for Proposals all applicants:

  • must have completed their pledge registration, including signing the pledge document, and received the confirmation.
  • cannot have received funding from Horizon Europe related to the same action.
  • cannot be EIT KICs.

Additional information


Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship, 
Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT, 
Education & Training, Children & Youth, Media

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

Additional Information

The application process for the Deep Tech Talent Initiative: Call for Training Proposals is meticulously designed to ensure clarity, accessibility, and fairness for all prospective applicants. Below is a detailed guide to navigating this process, incorporating the additional guidelines and deadlines:

  • Proposal Submission Platform: All proposals must be prepared and submitted through the EIT Digital submission system. Leading pledger should submit the application on behalf of all the partners of its consortium. This platform can be accessed exclusively via the EIT Digital intranet page, ensuring a secure and streamlined submission process. Proposals must be submitted in English.
  • Submission Deadline: It is crucial that proposals are formally submitted before the specified hard deadline on 20 June 2024, 17:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time, Brussels time). This deadline is firm, and applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals well in advance to avoid any last-minute technical difficulties. Only applications submitted through the designated online link, as detailed above, will be accepted. This ensures a standardized review process and maintains the integrity of the competition. While the organizers adhere strictly to the deadline, they reserve the right to extend the submission period if necessary. Any changes to the deadline will be officially communicated through the Deep Tech Talent Initiative website, providing all potential applicants with updated information. Completeness of Documentation: Applicants must ensure that all required documentation is complete and submitted in its entirety. Incomplete applications or missing documentation may result in the rejection of the proposal.


To assist applicants in crafting compelling and compliant proposals, a series of informationevents will be organized between April and June 2024. These sessions aim to provide valuable insights and tips to enhance the quality of submissions, significantly improving applicants’ chances of success.

Should the quality of proposals not meet the expected standards, as outlined in the detailed evaluation criteria, the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative reserves the right to request revisions or, in some cases, reject submissions.

For any questions or clarifications regarding the application process, general or technical procedures, or call for proposals text content, applicants are encouraged to contact the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative via email at This line of communication is open to all applicants seeking guidance or further information to strengthen their proposals.


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