Data protection

All personal data are processed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.

In line with Article 5(a) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, personal data processing operations at the EIT are necessary for the performance of its tasks carried out in the public interest on the basis of the EIT Regulation and for the legitimate exercise of official authority vested in the EIT.

As a general rule, personal information collected is processed only by members of the EIT staff responsible for the processing operations and will be held no longer than necessary.

Based on Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, data subjects have the right of access, rectification, blocking of data, and erasure. Data subjects may at any time consult the EIT’s responsible unit processing personal data, the Data Protection Officer of the EIT or have recourse to the European Data Protection Supervisor. Written requests must be addressed to the contacts indicated below.

To read more about data protection at EIT and the tasks of the EIT’s Data Protection Officer, please consult the implementing rules of the EIT.


Data Protection Officer of the EIT



European Data Protection Supervisor

Giovanni Buttarelli, Supervisor

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant Supervisor

Postal address:

Rue Wiertz, 60

B-1047 Brussels, Belgium

Tel: (+32) 2 283 1900

Fax: (+32) 2 283 1950




Personal data processing operations in the area of grant management

The core task of the EIT is to manage grants as follows:

  • to launch calls for proposals, evaluate the applications and designate the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (Innovation Communities) as framework partnerships,
  • to award the start-up grants to the designated Innovation Communities in order to allow them to complete the structural and operational setting up of the framework partnerships within the start-up phase,
  • to launch the call for Business Plans and award the specific grants to the Innovation Communities, and
  • to manage these grants throughout the whole duration of the framework partnership agreements.

The personal data of staff members of applicants, the Innovation Communities and its partners are processed solely for the purpose of the management of grants in accordance with the EIT’s tasks.

For more information, please read the privacy statement for the management of grants.

Selection and management of experts

To implement its tasks, the EIT selects and contracts external experts to provide it with support for the evaluation of proposals submitted for Innovation Community Calls, assessment of Innovation Community Business Plans and Innovation Community Reports, other tasks relating to assisting the EIT with executing its core tasks, such as the preparation of studies/reports/opinions/recommendations, the participation in monitoring reviews or the assessment of IT tools.

For more information on processing personal data, please read the privacy statement for the selection and management of experts.


The EIT’s annual innovation event, INNOVEIT, brings together entrepreneurs, the representatives of higher education and businesses, EU, national and regional policy makers, as well as EIT graduates and other key innovation actors.

The privacy statement on the organisation of conferences and events is currently being prepared and will be available here soon.

EIT Awards

Each year, the EIT organises different awards (i.e. the EIT Change Award, EIT Venture Award, EIT Innovators Award, EIT Woman Leadership & Entrepreneurship Award and the EIT Public (Citizen) Award) to recognise and reward the successful start-ups, innovative projects and young entrepreneurial talent in Europe.

For more information on processing personal data, please read the privacy statement on the EIT Awards.

Public procurement

The EIT launches procurement procedures to purchase services and supplies in accordance with in the EIT’s operational tasks and in order to meet the administrative needs of the EIT.

Each year the indicative list of the planned procurement procedures are laid down in the Single Programming Document (SPD) which serves as the financing decision in accordance with the EU Financial Regulation. The SPD may be consulted via the Bookshelf.

For more information on processing personal data, please read the privacy statement for public procurement procedures.

Personal data processing operations in the area of personnel selection and recruitment

The purpose of processing of personal data submitted by candidates for vacancies at the EIT is to manage job applications in view of a possible selection and recruitment by the EIT.

The privacy statement for recruitment is currently being prepared and will be available here soon.