Partnership types at EIT Health

Three types of Partners

There are three types of EIT Health Partners, whose rights and obligations are defined in the Framework Partnership Agreement. The Core and Associate Partners are selected based on criteria that support the notion of bringing the best health innovators, showcasing true understanding of the needs, design and development of viable products and services. They pay annual fees and participate with direct votes, or through representatives, at the Partner Assemblies. External project Partners also contribute to our work. Read more about the three Partner types below:

Core Partners

Core Partners are fee-paying and voting Members of the EIT Health Association.

General selection criteria for Core Partners:

  • Interest and capacity to contribute to activities across all of EIT Health’s strategic objectives and pillars.
  • Excellence and innovation capacity
  • Complementarity to the existing EIT Health Partnership (at local level and / or overall).
  • Overall balance: It is the objective to maintain a balance between academic (organisations active in the field of education and research) and non-academic partners (such as industry, healthcare/care provision, municipalities).
  • Potential contribution of own resources (in cash and in-kind).
  • Have significant and relevant activity at international level in the EU and a clear motivation to engage in EIT Health activities.
  • Commitment to and have the capacity to allocate own financial and in-kind resources commensurate with this level of membership.
  • Capacity to allocate sufficient internal resources including personnel to contribute to statutory bodies of the association in accordance with its Articles of Association and By-laws.
  • There is no limit in the amount of funding they can request per annual Business Plan.

Examples of Core partner types include: Industry, academia, hospitals, insurance companies, public partners (municipalities, city governments, regions), research centres.

Associate Partners

Associate Partners are fee-paying Members of the EIT Health Association and are represented by one voting member per regional office (CLC/InnoStars). 

General selection criteria for Associate Partners:

  • Interest and capacity to contribute to activities across all of EIT Health’s strategic objectives and pillars.
  • Excellence and innovation capacity.
  • Complementarity to the existing EIT Health Partnership (at local level and / or overall).
  • Overall balance: It is the objective to maintain a balance between academic (organisations active in the field of education and research) and non-academic partners (such as industry, healthcare/care provision, municipalities).
  • Potential contribution of own resources (in cash and in-kind).
  • Commitment to and have the capacity to allocate own financial and in-kind resources commiserate with this level of membership.
  • Can request up to €350 000 per partner per annual Business Plan

Examples of Associate Partner types include: Industry, academia, hospitals, insurance companies, public partners (municipalities, city governments, regions), research centres, incubators, living labs, test beds, cluster.

External Project Partners

Not a member of the EIT Health Association

General selection criteria for External Project Partners: 

Selected after submission and acceptance of the Business Plan, External Project Partners collaborate with EIT Health Core and Associate Partners. These non-members pay no annual fees, and can request up to €50 000 per partner per Business Plan.

All partners of EIT Health are subject to requirements (such as Business Plan activities’ amendment and reporting) and the provisions of the Framework Partnership Agreement.