aUPaEU project

A University Partnership for Acceleration of European Universities (aUPaEU) 

We create methodologies, sustainability plans, coaching services, and tangible digital technologies using an acceleration agora to achieve integrated, shared, and long-term R&I transformations through collaborative efforts

The aUPaEU project has received funding from the Horizon Europe Framework Programme under Grant Agreement No  101095314

 The aUPaEU project is a collaboration of partners from the Unite! and EPICUR alliances

 EPICUR alliance


Sister Projects 

Accelerate Future HEI ​ and CATALISI projects both received funding through the same call as aUPaEU. Since we both want to hasten the institutional reform of higher education institutions across Europe, they are sister projects.



About the project 

Led by University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), Accelerate Future HEI project brings together twelve European partners to develop and implement acceleration services. Partners are embarking on a journey to collaboratively gain an understanding of the higher education status quo and desired future state, develop a roadmap and subsequently implement and support programs of change for HEIs through expert coaching, training and peer learning in a network that will sustain far beyond the scope of the project.

As part of the project, the “Acceleration partners” will work together with two existing HEI consortia as part of the European University Alliance and EIT HEI Innovation Capacity Building initiatives to design the methodology for acceleration services, which the HEI partners will test through developing and implementing institutional transformation projects. Not only will the project directly benefit the acceleration of the involved HEIs, but it will also further provide key learnings and policy recommendations to support the acceleration of entrepreneurial and innovative HEIs across Europe.

Accelerate Future HEI is funded under the Horizon Europe programme, the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. The Horizon Europe programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. Moreover, it supports the creation and better diffusion of excellent knowledge and technologies.

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About the project

CATALISI is an EU-funded project that started in January 2023. With the aim to help and support Higher Education Institutions to successfully implement a strategy and individual pathway for institutional transformation, CATALISI will introduce the adoption of acceleration services. The project will analyse how the governance of Higher Education Institutions can be changed, considering the governance as a way in which societal and state actors intentionally interact in order to transform Science Technology and Innovation systems, by regulating issues of societal concern.

In the 36 months of the project, 11 partners from 8 EU Member States will implement the project dividing its efforts between implementors and facilitators.

CATALISI will offer 7 acceleration services and tackle 3 domains

  • Research careers and talent support 
  • Open science and public engagement 
  • Sustainable research and education
Project Coordinator

Maria Carmela Fiero and Laura Mentini: ;

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