February 26th 2021

EU funding for Ulysseus

European University Ulysseus receives two million grant | COMPASS project promotes development of joint research infrastructure

Research at MCI. (c)MCI_Kasper
Research at MCI. (c)MCI_Kasper

The European Commission is funding the innovation ecosystem of the European University Ulysseus and its joint research strategy. MCI and the universities of Seville, Cote d'Azur, Genoa, Košice and the Haaga Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki will benefit from the funding, which comes from Horizon 2020's "Science with and for Society" program. This project aims to leverage synergies between universities and higher education schools to enable a European showcase for research collaboration.

The COMPASS project goes beyond the previously approved funding of European University Ulysseus of 5 million euros and will enable a joint research and innovation agenda, the promotion and enhancement of open science practices, and the expansion of Ulysseus innovation centers on topics such as digitalization or biotechnology, food technology, and the circular economy. In addition, the project aims to make Ulysseus attractive to globally talented researchers and to foster strategic collaboration with other institutions outside the Alliance on a global scale.

The project is 100% funded by the EU. In addition to participating in various work packages to strengthen the research infrastructure of the European University Ulysseus, the Entrepreneurial University® will lead a work package entitled "beyond Ulysseus", which aims to expand research collaborations beyond Europe," explains project coordinator Siegfried Walch.

About Ulysseus

Ulysseus is one of the 41 European universities selected by the European Commission to become the universities of the future. Lead by the University of Seville together with five other universities in Europe (the University of Genoa, Italy; the University of Cote d’Azur , France; the Technical University of Košice, Slovakia; MCI | The Entrepreneurial School , Austria; and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland), the project will allow students, researchers and graduates move freely between universities, carry out internships in companies and start high-impact research projects. After receiving a budget of five million euros in the framework of the Erasmus + programme, the Ulysseus alliance is currently in the planning phase before moving to the executive phase, which will start in March of 2021.

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