Publish Date: 13.02.2020

Category: News from the University

We are pleased to announce that the EUTOPIA’s Science & Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme (EUTOPIA-SIF) was selected under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Action from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme. It is the first EUTOPIA joint project to be granted a Horizon 2020 funding and the first MSCA COFUND in Slovenia.

With a total of 10.2 Million Euros (5.6 M€ of EU contribution and 4.6 M€ of co-funding by the alliance's members), EUTOPIA-SIF is an ambitious initiative to train 76 young researchers in five interdisciplinary Key Research Areas: Materials engineering - Data & Intelligence – Health – Sustainability - Welfare & Inclusion.

The project is coordinated by CY Cergy Paris Université for the EUTOPIA alliance. The first call for applications will be published in the fall of 2020. Fellows will be offered full freedom to pursue their research project while benefiting from expert supervision and state-of-the-art research infrastructure. More than 45 companies, local authorities and non-profit organizations who are ready to train or host researchers on secondments already support the program.

Arnaud Lefranc, Vice-president for International scientific development at CY Cergy Paris Université, said: “The EUTOPIA Science and Innovation Fellowship Program will create outstanding opportunities for talented young researchers to explore new research horizons, within an integrated program, gathering the scientific communities of the EUTOPIA alliance. It aims to train post-doctoral researchers with a high degree of entrepreneurial and innovation awareness to be part of the future generation of Science and Innovation leaders in Europe, capable of addressing the global challenges of our times. The program will also stimulate the furthering of research collaborations and joint projects within EUTOPIA. I look forward to seeing the first cohort of fellows start their research!”

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EUTOPIA is an alliance of six universities that have recently been awarded an Erasmus+ 'European Universities' pilot project. The core mission of the EUTOPIA Alliance is to promote a connected and inclusive academic community, addressing global and local challenges, advancing excellence and inclusion, geared towards impact and fostering European economic development and innovation through a deep engagement of the Alliance with its local and regional ecosystems. The EUTOPIA-SIF program is a significant step toward this goal.