Empowering Widening universities in the EUTOPIA alliance to foster academic excellence in Health

Background and Needs Addressed

Challenges in Health require integrating knowledge and communication between specialists from different health-related fields to develop effective solutions. 

The EUTOPIA HEALTH initiative, starting in January 2024, aims to create a novel and innovative framework for the integrative academic management of health-related scientific areas, facilitating changes in the academic landscape within the European research area through a comprehensive institutional transformation. 

The project targets mainly three Widening countries (Romania, Slovenia, Portugal) of the EUTOPIA Alliance, which traditionally lagged in health-related domains, striving to overcome funding and publication disparities and spearheading academic excellence and innovation in these critical domains. 


The project aims to empower institutional transformation by strengthening health-related R&I management capacity and upgrading and adapting R&I management strategies and policies within the Widening HEIs of the project consortium in line with the principles of the European research assessment reform. 

A health-focused R&I network will be established through Connected Health Research Communities that will receive inter/transdisciplinary training, research mobilities for early-career researchers and seed funding for research collaborations, all centred around health-related challenges.

Planned Outcomes

By employing integrative, transdisciplinary approaches and implementing flexible academic career pathways in Health, the project focuses on creating a Health innovation ecosystem bridging the Health research communities to society, business partners, and policymakers by mainstreaming Open/Citizen/Inclusive/Collaborative Science practices and translating research into tailored social innovation supported solutions. 

The EUTOPIA_HEALTH project, through its comprehensive activities, will positively impact the R&I achievements, research excellence, international visibility, and funding absorption rate of the Widening consortium HEIs and the entire EUTOPIA Alliance.

  • Type of Action: HORIZON-CSA (Coordination and Support Actions)
  • Starting of the project: 1 January 2024
  • Duration: 60 months
  • Budget: 4,999,960 EUR
  • Partners: Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium), the Ca'Foscari University of Venice (Italy), CY Cergy Paris Université (France), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), NOVA University Lisbon (Portugal), Pompeu Fabra University-Barcelona (Spain). Associate Partner: The University of Warwick (United Kingdom)
  • Coordinator: Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)