As part of the ERA vision, the EC is aiming to see the necessary transformations in R&I that will include the promotion of citizen science and societal engagement, the mainstreaming of Open Science practices, the fostering of brain and knowledge circulation, strengthening of academia-business collaboration and embodiment in a glocal R&I ecosystem.

The YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) alliance embraces in YUFER­ING this challenge by effectively contributing to pilot these needed transformations to improve and harmonise the conditions for R&I in Europe.

Main Objectives

By building on the established cooperation between the YUFE partners, YUFERING acts as enabler for R&I transformation and focuses on the following seven main objectives:

  • To define and implement a YUFE community-engaged R&I agenda for an excellent and inclusive European University
  • To function as a catalyst of flipped knowledge transfer and deployment in society
  • To transform recognition, reward and circulation of talents and teams across Europe
  • To make Open Science the “new normal” by creating a YUFE Open Science Strategy
  • To create and enhance shared research support structures, mechanisms and infrastructures amongst YUFERING partners
  • To achieve a broader impact on the R&I community and the society through a horizontal focus on community-engaged R&I
  • To explore joint structures and to share best practices with other European Universities alliances to ensure towards system-level impact
  • In YUFERING, the YUFE Alliance not only contributes to the necessary transformation required at many levels to build the R&I dimension
    of European Universities, but also creates – with all relevant stakeholders – a blueprint for the ERA of the future.


The YUFERING project will set out actions and recommendations towards a model of R&I system, where excellence and inclusivity unite to transform and enhance European Universities and the R&I ecosystem they are part of through knowledge transfer, community engagement and exploitation across all sec­tors, stakeholder groups and countries.

YUFERING also allows the YUFE Alliance to explore synergies with the other European Universities initiatives towards addressing shared challenges in R&I as well as formulating solutions that could enable a deep transformation of all missions of universities. The progress achieved and models developed will ben­efit of all higher education institutions and have a tangible impact on society and economies across Europe.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101016967.