The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has unveiled the Deep Tech Talent Training Prize, an award focused on spotlighting the forerunners in deep tech training amidst its ambitious agenda to skill a million individuals in deep tech sectors by 2025.
The Deep Tech Talent Initiative, EIT’s premier program, was initiated last year in October. Its primary objective is to bridge Europe’s skills gap in advanced technological domains. Through this initiative, EIT’s Innovation Communities collaborate with industry partners and training providers, underscoring the importance of deep tech innovations. These state-of-the-art tech solutions blend multiple disciplines like physical science, biology, and digital technology and are paramount for addressing global challenges.
The Deep Tech Talent Training Prize will honour those who have made significant strides in executing impactful training programmes in this field. Training institutions, employers, academic establishments, and industrial partners are encouraged to demonstrate their achievements in confronting deep tech training challenges, with award winners receiving up to EUR 60,000 in funding.
Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission, emphasized Europe’s urgent need for a specialized workforce in the tech industry. He commended the efforts of the EIT, noting its role in curating training courses and establishing a network of training providers.
Nektarios Tavernarakis, the Chairperson of the EIT Governing Board, further extolled the merits of the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative, which recognizes the pressing necessity for Europe to swiftly augment skills related to emerging technologies.
Eligibility for the Deep Tech Talent Training Prize mandates that applicants adhere to the Deep Tech Talent Initiative’s pledger criteria. Two prize categories have been established:
- Partner Training: Tailored for consortia with a minimum of two qualifying organizations that can substantiate their collaborative excellence in addressing deep tech training challenges.
- Targeted Training: Aimed at individual training providers who exhibit a standout approach to specific deep tech training challenges, possibly catering to underrepresented groups or filling specific market gaps.
These categories encompass a broad spectrum of deep tech areas, ranging from artificial intelligence and cleantech to advanced manufacturing and aerospace. Potential candidates must peruse the complete text of the call and submit necessary documents, including an application form, a pitch deck, and a brief video presentation, before the deadline of 31 October 2023.
For additional details on the initiative, readers are advised to visit eitdeeptechtalent.eu.