The European University for Well-Being (EUniWell) has secured extra funding for a Europe-wide project to boost research partnerships and support young researchers in developing their careers.

EUniWell#research enables the development of research cooperation, shared infrastructures, mainstreaming of Open Science practices, and reskilling and upskilling of early career researchers within EUniWell.

EUniWell has obtained H2020 SwafS-Support Call funding from the European Commission for the project, which also promotes co-operation with non-academic partners, particularly business, as well as engaging with citizens and society.

The project will comprise various measures to support EUniWell’s vision and mission, such as the creation of the Well-being Incubator as a cross-cutting, collaborative, virtual operating environment on well-being related research and innovation collaboration. Development of a one-stop digital Collaborative Research Portal will support research engagement.

EUniWell#research will further develop a research-led FAIR strategy for Open Science that exploits and critically assesses the impact of the digital transition on research practices. It will foster the communication of scientific knowledge to the non-expert public by focusing on knowledge transfer and enabling scientific non-experts in business, politics, the media, and society at large to benefit from accessible high-quality research.

Working with associated partners, the project will scope, refine and set up the holistic EUniWell Research Skills Taxonomy. This will enable EUniWell members to co-create an innovative, inclusive and sustainable well-being-led research ecosystem – feeding into the EUniWell Research Training Academy and its people-centred ‘training hubs’. This will help to realize well-being-led research training for all that is co-creative, inclusive, diverse, intergenerational, intersectoral.

The H2020 SwafS-Support Call was issued in autumn 2020 with the intention to provide additional EU funding for supporting the 24 newly selected European Universities of the second round in setting up their work programme with special respect to collaboration in research and innovation.

EUniWell unites the Universities of Cologne, Birmingham, Florence, Leiden, Linnaeus, Nantes, and Semmelweis in a European Universities Alliance, bringing together 244,000 students and 36,500 staff members. The importance of the topic of well-being has become all the more evident over the last year. To address the challenges to the well-being of our communities and society at large, EUniWell has identified four key areas for research and teaching, closely linked to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in which the seven partner universities have strong expertise:

  • Well-Being & Health (SDG 3, Good Health & Well-Being)
  • Individual & Social Well-Being (SDG 16, Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions)
  • Environment, Urbanity & Well-Being (SDG 11, Sustainable Cities & Communities)
  • Teacher Education (SDG 4, Quality Education)

Funded by the European Commission under the ERASMUS+ programme, EUniWell has begun its three-year pilot phase in November 2020 during which it will develop joint international teaching programmes and research and innovation collaborations.

By drawing on the respective strengths of all EUniWell partner universities, past and pandemic experiences, EUniWell#research will contribute to EUniWell’s aim to build on and invest in people, talents and diversity through a series of pilot schemes and training initiatives, critical to the successful implementation of a next generation R&I approach and longer-term institutional transformation.

EUniWell leaders:

Professor Axel Freimuth, Rektor, Universität zu Köln, Germany

Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Birmingham, UK

Professor Luigi Dei, Rettore, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Professor Hester Bijl, Rector Magnificus and President, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands

Professor Peter Aronsson, Rektor, Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden

Professor Carine Bernault, Présidente, Université de Nantes, France

Professor Béla Merkely, Rektor, Semmelweis Egyetem, Hungary

EUniWell Steering Committee:

Professor Beatrix Busse, Vice-Rector for Teaching and Studies, Universität zu Köln, Germany

Professor Heinz-Peter Mansel, former Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Universität zu Köln, Germany

Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor International, University of Birmingham, UK

Professor Giorgia Giovannetti, Vice-Rector for International Relations, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Professor Hester Bijl, Rector Magnificus and President, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands

Professor Ann-Charlotte Larsson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden

Professor Olivier Grasset, Vice-President for Research and Open Science, Université de Nantes, France

Professor Isabelle Richard, Vice-President for European Affairs and International Relations, Université de Nantes, France

Professor Miklós Kellermayer, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis Egyetem, Hungary

Judith Barth, EUniWell Chief Student Officer