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Aurora Alliance - Research and Innovation for Societal Impact

Project description

The dawn of excellent research support structures in Europe

The Aurora Alliance for European universities aims to produce European graduates with the skills and mindset needed to address societal challenges. The EU-funded AURORA RI project will work to deepen the cooperation between universities and boost their research in societal impact and engagement. They will develop a research and innovation support agenda based on the four priority fields of the Alliance: Sustainability and Climate Change, Digital Society and Global Citizenship, Health and Wellbeing, and Culture Diversity. AURORA RI will focus on understanding best practices and policies in sharing research infrastructures and resources, combination of effort in entrepreneurial activity, human capital empowerment, and mainstreaming open science as well as citizen engagement.


The Aurora RI project builds excellent research support structures to complement excellent research and innovation in the Aurora Alliance, a European University funded by the EC. It will further deepen and expand the cooperation among the universities and strengthen their identity as research-intensive universities dedicated to societal impact and engagement. The aim of Aurora RI is to develop a research and innovation support agenda framed by the SDGs and based on the four priority domains of the Alliance, i) Sustainability and Climate Change, ii) Digital Society and Global Citizenship, iii) Health and Wellbeing, and iv) Culture, Diversity. The focus of the project is to achieve an understanding of best practices and policies on sharing of research infrastructure and resources, cooperation on entrepreneurial activity, empowering human capital, mainstreaming open science and citizen engagement. Throughout the project we will analyse and map best practices already in place, learn from each other and define barriers to cooperation at national and international level and find ways to overcome these barriers. The findings will create the basis for our R&I support agenda and will be shared with the other European Universities and beyond. The actions implemented during the project period aim at creating a platform for cooperation that will sustain beyond the lifetime of the project and equip researchers and students at Aurora Universities with a broad toolkit to conduct excellent research and disruptive innovation.


Net EU contribution
€ 397 625,00
101 Reykjavik

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Ísland Ísland Höfuðborgarsvæði
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
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Participants (8)