The strategy and development of Université Gustave Eiffel are strongly anchored in Europe, for both training and research:
Erasmus + European University
Université Gustave Eiffel offers an excellent training programme for the city of tomorrow, facilitating the professional integration of its students, including those engaged in doctoral studies.
International relations are aimed in particular at building and managing a European network on the city and internationalising training and research.
In line with this, in February 2020, Université Gustave Eiffel submitted a project for a European university, PIONEER, focused on the city of tomorrow, with five partners, LAUREA Helsinki, Zilina University, NTUA Athens, TH Köln and ISCTE Lisbon.
Université Gustave Eiffel is also taking part in four Erasmus + “Strategic Partnerships”, coordinating one of them.
- Itinerant Musical Composition Classes (IMCC) - Coordination - Université Gustave Eiffel
- Lotus - Coordination - Kehl University of Applied Sciences
- RailToLand - Coordination - Polytechnic University of Madrid
- Re-designing and co-creating innovative cultural heritage services through libraries (ITSELF) - Coordination - National Library of Latvia
These projects aim to support the design, transfer and/or application of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and the exchange of experience at European level.
The entire University is committed to supporting and improving the participation of researchers in the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and the European Research Area, through a policy of incentives, support and influence.
- Encouragement, thanks to the University’s key role within the Point de Contact National (PCN) Transport (National Transport Contact Point) which it coordinates and PIN Ville (the National Cities Information Point) which it co-created.
- Support through its Europe Task Force.
With more than 80 projects and funding to the tune of €21 million since the beginning of Horizon 2020 (20% of the university's own resources for research), European projects are very important for the university and its international standing.
Université Gustave Eiffel encourages its researchers to benefit from the Horizon 2020 framework programme and other European financial instruments. Thanks to the Horizon 2020 programme, the European Union funds projects that are strongly interdisciplinary and which are capable of responding to major economic and social challenges.
This programme, which involves a sum of €80 million for the period 2014-2020, covers the entire innovation chain, from idea to market, in order to support the work of research and innovation players based on three priorities: Promoting European scientific excellence, Defending European industrial primacy and Responding to the major societal issues and challenges facing the European Union. Université Gustave Eiffel is currently the coordinator of the following European projects:
• ITN Marie-Curie: Infrastar
• ICT: Proteus
• Research Infrastructure: RISIS 2
Dedicated support is planned for the ERC (with personalised coaching, training, editing, help with non-scientific aspects): this is the "ERC Goal" Package.
The European Research Council (ERC) supports very high quality European research.
The conditions proposed by the ERC are very favourable insofar as the grants are awarded for a period of 5 years, for an amount ranging from €1.5 to €3.5 million. Such grants give the successful candidates the means to recruit the team of their choice and to deploy the resources they need to carry through their project. They also benefit from a label of excellence and international recognition. Université Gustave Eiffel's ERC projects are:
• ERC “Consolidator Grant”: Magnum
• ERC “Starting Grant”: Open Jerusalem
• ERC “Starting Grant”: NEURODiam
- Influence on the future Horizon Europe programme and the European Green Deal, via its Brussels office:
In order to provide information and advice and also to exert influence, Université Gustave Eiffel has had a permanent member of staff in Brussels, at CLORA (Odile Arbeit-de-Chalendar) since 2016. The Club of Associated Research Organisations - CLORA - has a total of 28 members and facilitates the activities of French public sector research players in Brussels. It also plays an exchange, monitoring, analysis and notification role, via newsletters, memos and thematic days. The club provides its members with a platform for exchange and consultation. It publishes the CLORA newsletter and regularly organises thematic and presentation days covering news from Brussels.
Regular meetings are held with the major partners, namely Université Gustave Eiffel's supervisory ministries, the French Permanent Representation in Brussels, the Commission and the European Parliament.
Université Gustave Eiffel has established itself as a "European university with an international profile", with recognition in the field of sustainable cities. To consolidate this status, the university will strengthen and extend the collaborative links it maintains in Europe and around the world.
Université Gustave Eiffel has more than 200 academic partnerships with universities and research institutes in all regions of the world.