EUTOPIA-TRAIN initiative

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 the 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 mutualize 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, centered on 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.



The European Commission has published the Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 Call and EUTOPIA European University has started spreading the word to attract the best international research talent!

EUTOPIA researchers are based in Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CY Cergy Paris University, University of Gothenburg, University of Ljubljana, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and the University of Warwick.

What is a MSCA
Interested in applying to this year’s Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship? Now it’s a good time to start preparing your proposal. More information about the MSCA-PF Call 2021 will be soon published on the European Commission Funding and Tenders Portal.

Who can apply
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships are for excellent researchers with a PhD degree and less than 8 years of research experience. You should not have carried out your main activity in the country of the hosting university for more than 12 months in the 3 years before the call deadline.

How to Apply
You can use the new MSCA Partnering Tool to find a suitable supervisor in one EUTOPIA university and send in your expression of interest before 30 June 2021. Click here to download the application form.