TRAIN4EU+ Work Packages

The five main work packages of TRAIN4EU+:

WP1 Developing a common research agenda


WP1 will:

  • Map out current best practices and identify factors that support or hinder options for improving the way in which the Alliance member universities work to enhance shared research agendas within universities, across the Alliance and in society.

  • Facilitate joint learning and identify options for transformative improvement in the ways in which the Alliance member universities work to enhance shared research agendas within universities, across the Alliance and in society.

  • Jointly identify and design innovative actions based on co-learning and select pilot transformations towards the development of a common research agenda that can be implemented at the universities across the Alliance.

Work package 1 is led by the University of Milan.

WP2 Strengthening R&I human capital


WP2 will:

  • Map out current best practices in human capital management in the research & innovation domain across the Alliance, identify several concrete strategies to be transferred across universities and identify potential obstacles for improvement in the way in which R&I human capital is enhanced.

  • Address practices on several aspects including recruiting top R&I talent in an international setting, talent management, training practices (especially aimed at younger researchers), tenure and promotion programmes and practices, training for leadership in research as well as training in the field of human resources working with and for researchers and actions and practices for ensuring equal opportunities, gender equality and diversity.

  • Select a limited set of key transformative actions for piloting by the end of the project, thereby enhancing management of R&I talent and human capital management within the Alliance as a result of the project.

Work package 2 is led by Charles University.

WP3 Sharing research infrastructure and developing research support resources


WP3 will:

  • Develop a strategy towards sharing resources and infrastructures and search for promising models for sharing infrastructures across research groups, and with business and students. Identify potentials for piloting new models for enhancing the value of research infrastructure through collaboration inside, across and outside the universities of the Alliance. In addition, exploring possibilities for joint utilisation of core facilities and other research infrastructure in order to facilitate and initiate proposals for joint research projects across partner universities, thus setting a future objective for the European University Alliances in research cooperation.

  • Create an inventory and categorise physical research infrastructure facilities (e.g. core facilities and instruments, databases, digital libraries) across 4EU+. This in order to identify best practices for management and potential barriers (e.g. legal and financial barriers, accounting systems) to sharing and scaling infrastructure investments, and to determine obstacles for collaboration.

  • Map and identify best practices for strengthened competences and on-the-job development of the research infrastructure technical support staff and the centralised research support units as an important support function of research, share experience with advisory and administrative services in research support at all stages and levels, identify concrete actions that can enable synergies and exchange of expertise, implement pilot actions to improve competence building across selected groups of research support staff, identify possible obstacles in research service collaboration and outline a joint strategy on research support.

Work package 3 is led by Heidelberg University.

WP4 Linking citizens-academia-business


WP4 will:

  • Map current initiatives and best practices on how academia interacts with the business sector, e.g. facilitating innovation, how they reach out to involve civic society as well as what are the typical obstacles faced, focusing on selected actions and measures.

  • Identify new innovative approaches to academia-business collaboration, stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as approaches to involving civic society in research, and assess their potential for piloting and upscaling.

Work package 4 is led by Sorbonne University.

WP5 Mainstreaming Open Science


WP5 will:

  • Diagnose knowledge-sharing patterns and best practices in the field of scholarly communication in Open Access among the 4EU+ Alliance member universities.

  • Assess the level of Open Science implementation within the 4EU+ Alliance, present recommendations, models and tools on how to support Open Science.

Work package 5 is led by the University of Warsaw.