On July 24, 2020, the EUTOPIA-TRAIN initiative was awarded funding under the Horizon 2020 call Support for the Research and Innovation Dimension of European Universities (SwafS). The project was launched by the EUTOPIA Alliance, a network of six European universities (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CY Cergy Paris Université, Goeteborgs Universitet, Univerza v Ljubljani, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, University of Warwick) committed to promoting a connected and inclusive academic community through a deep engagement of the alliance with its local and regional ecosystems.

The EUTOPIA Alliance aims to be much more than a university network. It holds a fundamental vision regarding the value-added contribution of academia to society. EUTOPIA-TRAIN sponsors academic innovation with societal impact: it aims to integrate pan-EUTOPIA research and innovation communities and structures and open them to society, business, students and policymakers. The project intends to link the research communities of EUTOPIA with local and international needs of multiple stakeholders at the three levels of the formulation of research agendas, of their execution, and the dissemination of results.

EUTOPIA-TRAIN gives today a clear frame to the goal set by the six universities to mutualise resources and tools and to define a shared Research & Innovation Policy. Objectives are to boost the research capacity of the six universities of the Alliance, in both human and technical resources, and contribute to the development of the EU R&I performance. The idea is to generate a cross-institutional strategy based on joint governance and common management structures. Among other actions, the project includes an Open Access metadata portal; a common Human Resources strategy and roadmap, and the creation of a EUTOPIA grants, legal and innovation office.

The guiding principle of the EUTOPIA-TRAIN activities is the concept of a complete academic environment, centred in the interconnections between research, education, and innovation. The idea displays cross-boundary research, collaborative education and cooperation with public and private actors from across society.