EIT Label - Call for Applications 2018

EIT Label - Call for Applications 2018

One of the main added values of the EIT is to integrate the education dimension into the innovation web, as it has often been absent from the more traditional research-business partnerships. The EIT delivers a unique brand of educational programmes at Master's and PhD levels that foster students to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurs.

To set these programmes apart, the EIT has introduced the EIT Label as a certificate of quality that is awarded to excellent educational programmes focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and leadership and are based on the knowledge triangle paradigm - the integration of business, education and research.

The EIT will now welcome applications for KICs’ Master's and Doctoral programmes to be awarded the EIT Label

This page outlines the main characteristics of the process for preparation, submission, evaluation and selection of proposals in response to the 2018 assessment call launched by the EIT for awarding the EIT Label to its education programmes.

The basis for awarding the EIT Label

Master and doctoral programmes that apply for the EIT Label will be assessed according to five groups of quality criteria:

  • The EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes (EIT OLOs)
  • Robust entrepreneurship education
  • Highly integrated, innovative ‘learning-by-doing’ curricula
  • International and cross-organisational mobility - the European dimension and openness to the world;
  • Outreach strategy and access policy.

The EIT OLOs specify — on a generic level and suitable to all KIC themes — that programmes should ensure that students achieve skills and competencies in the EIT specific knowledge forms of Making Value and Sustainability Judgments, Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Research, Intellectual Transforming and Leadership, all related to the field of their studies. These overarching intended learning outcomes complement the intended learning outcomes of the Qualification Framework of European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA, ‘the Bologna framework’).

The EIT OLOs should be transformed into more specific outcomes for programmes, modules and courses, as well as being connected to fit-for-purpose forms of assessment, teaching and learning activities. They should not be treated as separate components, but instead be integrated in a well-balanced manner within the context of the programme’s subject specific intended learning outcomes (either in the embedded or modular way) to create programmes that foster innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets based on the Knowledge Triangle.

Submission of applications: general rules

Registrations and proposals can only be submitted by KIC partners to the Innovation Communities (KICs) and through the designated KICs Single point of contact (S.P.O.C.).

  1. It is suggested to applicants to register the intention to submit a proposal and contact KIC staff prior to sumbitting their application, to receive further advice.
  2. Every application must include a self-assessment report for the submitted programme, produced by the applicant in accordance with the requirements stipulated in the EIT Label Handbook (see below).
  3. The application file should be structured according to the quality indicators and accompanied with relevant supporting evidence.
  4. The main working tool for both processes are the templates that have to be used by the applicants. The templates include a list of the assessment fields which represent requirements for a programme to be awarded the Label.
  5. All assessment fields must be answered by applicants with an explanation in the form of a narrative answer and the provision of supporting documents as evidence.
  6. The general principle for the choice of material to be used in both the labelling and the review process is the portfolio principle. That is, the person(s) who is (are) responsible for the self-assessment report chooses the necessary documentation in order to give evidence for the requirements of each assessment field for each quality indicator. The assessment field questions found in the templates should guide this selection, together with the examples that are given in each template under the heading ‘Examples of material to be provided’.
  7. Providing material for both labelling and reviewing includes clearly indicating for reviewers where the relevant information can be found in the chosen documents (including page numbers).
  8. As far as possible, official documents from the KIC and/or from KIC partner universities should be used as appropriate as well as any relevant supporting official documents from the KIC (especially in the case of Modular way Master’s programmes).
  9. All assessments reports should have an introductory page providing the title of the assessed candidate programme, KIC, the submitting partner (leading university).
  10. A list of all material, by Quality Indicator, should be attached with the name and contact information for the KIC contact person.

Deadline and timeline for 2018 assessment

New candidate programmes: The full application (Qi0, Qi1, Qi2) must be submitted by Friday the 22nd of May eob,

Existing labelled programmes applying for renewal of the Label: The first part of the application (Qi0, Qi1, Qi2) must be submitted by Friday the 22nd of May eob and the second part (Qi3, Qi4) by Sunday the 15th of July eob.

Timeline and milestones

Call of applications

May 2018

Deadline for applications (Qi0, Qi1, Qi2)

22th June 2018

Selection of the external experts

May 2018

Kick off meeting with the experts

First week of July

Remote evaluation

July - September 2018

Expert visits at the KICs HQs

July / August 2018

Deadline for applications (Qi3, Qi4) - if relevant

15th July 2018

Expert submit final recommendations (consolidated)

5th September 2018

Result announcement

2nd week of Sept 2018

Official feedback from the rejected applications

28th September 2018

EIT decision

12th October 2018

 

The assessment process and responsibilities of the parties

  • Every application (a self-assessment report and accompanied material as an evidence) for the candidate programme is produced by the applicant KIC partner (university) together with KIC education teams, in accordance with the requirements stipulated in the EIT Handbook.
  • Full application and all the accompanying documents are submitted to the EIT through the KIC's designated Single Point of Contact, who will upload the files in the Sharepoint (DUNA) in the relevant folder(s) by the deadlines above.
  • The EIT will nominate the external experts that are assigned to review the applications and the self-assessment reports for the award of the EIT Label.
  • The applications will be considered by the experts who must confirm compliance by answering “Yes” to all Template Qi0 criteria before proceeding to the full review for new programmes using the Templates provided for Qi1 and Qi 2 (labeling of new candidate programmes) or the full review for existing programmes using the Templates provided for Qi1, Qi2, Qi3 and Qi4 (renewal of label for existing programme).
  • The experts review teams submit their evaluation reports to the EIT. The EIT Director having considered the evaluation reports of the review teams and the corresponding comments of the EIT Labeling Committee decides as to the initial award or the renewal of the award of the EIT Label for each of the submitted programmes.
  • In cases where there are recommendations for improvement for a particular programme prior to the award or renewal of the EIT Label, those recommendations are forwarded to the relevant KIC which then informs the applicant.
  • The EIT Officer in charge of Label reports on the application of the recommendations to the EIT Director who consults with the EIT Labelling Committee and decides on the award or renewal of the EIT Label.
  • The EIT HQ reports on the outcomes of the given round of the EIT labeling process to the KICs, informing them on the relevant validity period regarding the positive decisions and any other conditions underlying the granting/renewal of the EIT Label.
  • The EIT HQ also updates the information on the EIT’s website regarding the EIT Label awards on the basis of the outcome of the given evaluations.

Guidelines and supporting documents

For further description of the EIT Label and the awarding procedure, see the document EIT Label Handbook and EIT Label Framework.

Recording of personal data

The reply to any call for applications involves the recording and processing of personal data. Such data will be processed pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. Unless indicated otherwise, the questions and any personal data requested are required to evaluate the application in accordance with the specifications of the call for proposal will be processed solely for that purpose by the EIT.

Personal data may be registered in the Early Warning System (EWS) only or both in the EWS and Central Exclusion Database (CED) by the Accounting Officer of the Commission, should the beneficiary be in one of the situations mentioned in:

The EIT is committed to data protection and follows the EU policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and on the free movement of such data", based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000. 

The EIT addresses Gender equality and Ethical principles in accordance with the provisions laid down in Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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