Fostering Institutional Transformation of R&I Policies in European Universities

On the 24 of July 2020, the European Commission announced the results for the call “Support for the Research and Innovation Dimension of European Universities (Part I)"  within the prestigious Horizon 2020 program  “Science with and for Society”.

Within this call, the FORTHEM Alliance has successfully raised another 2 million Euros for their joint work on the project: FIT FORTHEM - Fostering Institutional Transformation of R&I Policies in European Universities. The three years project is based on a fruitful and intense exchange on further goals that the partner universities commonly share. FIT FORTHEM mainly focusses on activities initiated by and for the FORTHEM Labs, as well as on a long-term integration within the Alliance in the realm of enhancing the research and innovation potential of each partner organization. Transformative processes will be initiated by mapping common research areas, defining a joint open science policy, creating international research teams including stakeholders from the private sector and society, enabling the use of partners’ research infrastructures, and by a strong support for preparing common grant applications in European programs. The project also targets to further develop a deep mutual understanding between all actors and to strengthen the researchers’ professional skills in research management, strategic planning and science communication. With FIT FORTHEM the Alliance will reach another milestone on the way to a successful long-term and integrative cooperation both in higher education as well as in the field of research and innovation.