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The 4EU+ European University Alliance is a transnational strategic association of Charles University in Prague, Heidelberg University, Paris-Panthéon-Assas University, Sorbonne University in Paris, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Geneva, the University of Milan, and the University of Warsaw. The 4EU+ Alliance has one vision: to create one comprehensive research-intensive European University through a new quality of cooperation in teaching, education, research and administration.

4EU+ website

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Arqus R.I. aims to enhance the research and innovation dimension of the Arqus Alliance and to address current global societal challenges through intensified joint research, characterised by the pursuit of excellence, openness, transparency and effective engagement with society.

Arqus R.I has focused on the fields of Artificial Intelligence/Digital Transformation and Green Deal/Climate Change as transversal priority areas for enhanced research collaboration, due to their interdisciplinarity. The project is organised around three major challenges: Joint Science and Innovation, New Perspectives on Research, and Open to Society.

The Arqus European University Alliance is a long-term initiative that brings together the universities of Granada, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon 1, Maynooth, Minho, Padua, Vilnius and Wrocław, nine prestigious comprehensive research universities that share the conviction that European cooperation is essential to the global future of their institutions. Six of the Arqus universities have taken part in the Arqus Research and Innovation project, and all of them are committed to continue developing the joint research and innovation dimension of the Arqus Alliance.

Arqus website

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We, Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany), King’s College London (United Kingdom),
UCLouvain (Belgium), Università di Pisa (Italy), Universität Wien (Austria), Université Paris Cité (France), Universitetet i
Oslo (Norway) and Univerzitet u Beogradu (Serbia), we have agreed to combine our expertise and common interests to
build a European University with the name Circle U. By 2030, Circle U. is to be an inclusive, a research-intensive and
interdisciplinary alliance delivering outstanding interdisciplinary education, research and innovation through an innovative
and adaptive ecosystem, in order to enable more sustainable, democratic and healthier societies. Our students,
researchers, staff and partners from civil society, the private and public sectors will strengthen and shape our alliance
through a process of co-creation to ensure they have the skillset, mindset and values to interact in meaningful ways to
mobilise knowledge for impact.

Circle U Website


CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences unites ten leading European higher education institutions who have joined forces to reaffirm the vital role of European social sciences in educating future generations and producing research connected to the most pressing challenges across Europe and the world. CIVICA covers a series of integrated education and research activities focused on four key topics: Societies in Transition – Crises of Earth; Democracy in the 21st Century; Europe Revisited; and Data-Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences. CIVICA Research, funded under Horizon 2020, endows the CIVICA alliance with the instruments of an ambitious and innovative research strategy and is helping create a joint, long-term research environment for the alliance. CIVICA Research explores institutional transformation and seeks to effect change through: designing and implementing a common, strategic research agenda; advancing human capital and academic skills; developing shared research and innovation ecosystems; building an ambitious Open Science action plan; and exploring joint research infrastructures and synergies within and outside CIVICA.

CIVICA Website


EPICUR-Research develops a common research agenda for all partner universities to improve and strengthen the interaction between science and society. It also empowers Early Career Researchers by initiating bottom-up collaborative processes and building new EPICUR networks for researchers in all their career stages, thereby forming a new kind of research community that crosses over disciplinary borders and opens universities to their communities.

We develop and operate novel inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration formats for young scientists, using seed funds, from small getting-to-know workshops to six-month collaborate research projects.

EPICUR-Research website


RE:ERUA, Research and Engagement for the European Reform Universities Alliance (ERUA) is the research component of one of the 24 European university alliances selected under the second call of the European Universities Initiative.

Led by the University of Paris 8 (France), with four partners - Roskilde University (Denmark), the University of Konstanz (Germany), the University of the Aegean (Greece), and the New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria) - Re:ERUA is aimed at developing a strategy for engaged and responsible research and innovation within the Alliance. The university-civil society relationship is mutually beneficial. Scientific knowledge is relevant in ensuring empowerment and equality across regions and local communities. Universities, from a reform perspective, serve as channels for knowledge transmission, reflectivity, and the empowerment of the next generation to address relevant matters of concern.

RE:ERUA website


EU-CONEXUS RESEARCH FOR SOCIETY (RFS) supports challenge-based and interdisciplinary research collaboration across six coasts for developing a sustainable natural, technical, economic and cultural environment for society.  

Within the project’s period, RESEARCH FOR SOCIETY is strengthening the EU-CONEXUS research approach into a fully-fledged university service, equally covering research, education, and societal needs. RFS researchers actively invite partnerships with coastal industries, businesses, and society actors to ensure the transfer of knowledge and the improvement of quality of life in and around coastal areas. 

Across all EU-CONEXUS partner institutions, our researchers are developing science and innovation into a hub of excellence on smart urban coastal sustainability, and in the process, creating an attractive career environment for young researchers. 

Research For Society - EU-CONEXUS  


The EUTOPIA Alliance is a collaboration between ten universities in Belgium, France, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Romania. One of the EU-funded projects under the EUTOPIA umbrella is called TRAIN (Transformation of Research and Innovation). Supported by the Horizon 2020 ‘Science With and for Society’ initiative, the goal of TRAIN is to pool the resources and expertise of the six founding partners in order to develop our Research and Innovation activities. 

EUTOPIA website


FIT FORTHEM project is aimed at making FORTHEM Alliance a unique and united European University – not only with a strong higher education strategy, but also with a comprehensive research and innovation strategy.

FIT FORTHEM includes Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (Germany), Université de Bourgogne (France), Jyväskylän yliopisto (Finland), Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy), Latvijas Universitāte (Latvia), Universitat de València (Spain), and Uniwersytet Opolski (Poland).

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RIS4CIVIS supports the research and innovation dimension of CIVIS, in line with its shared, integrated, long-term strategy and in synergy with its education dimension.  

Its ultimate goals are to define a common Research & Innovation strategy for the CIVIS Alliance and then to transposed it into an Institutional Transformation Model to be used as a source of inspiration for other European Alliances and /or Universities.  

Eight of the CIVIS universities are part of RIS4CIVIS: University of Bucharest, Aix-Marseille Université, Stockholm University, Université libre de Bruxelles, Sapienza Universita Di Roma, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. 

RIS4CIVIS: Research and Innovation Strategy for CIVIS – CIVIS - A European Civic University 

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TORCH is the research arm of CHARM, a university alliance that aims to explore new venues for the university of the future with a focus on pressing issues: climate change, sustainability, gender gap, inclusion and equity. How do we intend to address these topics that are in the policy agenda of all countries? We aim to provide a flexible and useful channel by not only transferring scientific knowledge from University to society, but also by involving societal partners. To construct this new future we envision, universities have to enable civil engagement, promote citizen science and establish a positive dialogue with stakeholders. This is the mission of TORCH. And as a starting point, in our alliance, we will coalesce forces to address three main impending sustainability global challenges: WATER, FOOD and HEALTH.

TORCH website