In the beginning of February 2021 ERUA achieved its first success. The European Commission approved the Alliance’s proposal, named “Re:ERUA”, for additional funding from “Horizon 2020” program, that is intended to cover another set of working packages on research, knowledge sharing and inclusivity. The activities are as follows:
- WP1: Coordination and Management
- WP2: Engagement strategy for the areas of research and innovation
- WP3: Innovation and societal engagement
- WP4: The Alliance as an engine for Human capital
- WP5: Open science for transparent research and public engagement
- WP6: Sharing infrastructures and ressources and develop common structures
The main focus of the proposal was the engaged research that proceeds from the ideas generatio via planning and design to data collection and analysis, thence to knowledge production and exchange, and ultimately, to the review of the project, and the assessment of its impact. All of these steps are guided by the overarching principles of Open Science – transparency, reproducibility, reusability, and open communication. Translated into open educational resources, open data, open-source, open peer review, and open methodology. These principles generate new opportunities for researchers and their community partners to both conduct their joint research and disseminate their results as widely as possible. Implementing this approach in an experiment-driven methodology, ERUA will launch pilots and study cases to gather evidence about pathways to impact (internally and externally) and models that might foster its institutional trajectory. The impact of these pilots and test cases will be assessed and will be the main criterion for evaluation, deciding if a pilot is going to be fully implemented, scaled up or abandoned.