Contribution by Pim de Boer, Aurora liaison officer Brussels
The H2020 work programme 2018-2020 for Science and Society shows that the European Commission will provide a lump sum grants of about 2 million euro for research and innovation (R&I) activities to each European University alliance approved in the first two Erasmus pilot calls. The activities need to be related to:
- Development of a common R&I agenda and action plan;
- Strengthening of human capital, enabling balanced brain circulation and gender balance;
- Sharing of research infrastructures and other resources;
- Reinforcement of cooperation with non-academic actors;
- Mainstreaming of comprehensive Open Science practices;
- Involvement of citizens, civil society and public/cities authorities in R&I;
- Exploration of joint structures across the European Universities.
Approved European University alliances are required to propose an institutional transformation agenda, tailored to the universities involved, and implement R&I actions in pilots or studies. They are also requested to find additional funding for the implementation of the actions. The resulting models should contribute to future synergies between Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ programmes.