Partenariats stratégiques / Alliance 4EU+

Sorbonne University in Europe

Sorbonne University in Europe

4EU+ Alliance

In 2017, Sorbonne University joined forces with Charles University, in Prague (Czech Republic), Heidelberg (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland) universities to create the 4EU alliance. With the arrival of the Universities of Milan (Italy) and Copenhagen (Denmark), an expanded alliance of six institutions, 4EU+, was established. 

The creation of the 4EU+ Alliance lays the foundation for an innovative European university model, designed to promote the free movement of people, ideas and practices. It builds on existing bilateral and multilateral collaborations. Since the creation of the Alliance, a strong commitment on the part of administrative, management, academic and research teams has made it possible to develop more than a hundred joint actions focusing on four priorities:

  • Health and demographic changes in urban areas
  • Europe in a changing world 
  • Transforming science and society through data
  • Biodiversity and sustainable development

In June 2019, the 4EU+ Alliance was a winner of the Erasmus + "European Universities" call for tender, and awarded with €5 million in funding—which will be matched at each national level and at the institutions themselves, arriving at a provisional budget of €15 million.

4EU+ is based on a common conception of the university and its missions: trans-disciplinary teaching nourished by research, promotion of pedagogical innovation, a mission at the service of society to meet major societal challenges. Within this framework, it supports the establishment of a free movement area, and thus promotes cutting-edge collaborative research and international academic programs leading to qualifications and individualised education. 4EU+ graduates sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop capabilities and qualities that are essential in the 21st century, such as the mastery of data issues and technologies and entrepreneurship. 4EU+ is committed to increasing the reputations of all its member universities and to promoting their strengths and specificities, thus taking up the challenge of the territorial inequalities of the European area.

The Alliance 4EU+ website

4EU+ in key figures

  • 286,940 students 
  • 23,680 scientific and academic staff
  • 26,350 administrative staff 
  • 243 Erasmus+ projects
  • Cumulative funding of €368M awarded from Horizon 2020

Sorbonne University, a major player in the European higher education and research area

Sorbonne University actively participates in European research, innovation and education programmes and contributes to their development. As an active member of the League of European Research Universities and the European University Association (EUA), it contributes to debates on the impact and influence of European universities. It also helps to strengthen multilateral cooperation between European universities. Thus, it is a key player in the political and practical construction of the European Higher Education and Research Area. 

The free circulation of knowledge:

Thanks to the Erasmus+ scheme, students and academic researchers benefit from mobility opportunities in Europe and beyond. Through the Erasmus + strategic partnerships, knowledge alliances and capacity development actions, Sorbonne University is consolidating its special partnerships with other international universities, promoting pedagogical innovation, exchange of best practice and mutual learning, as well as strengthening links with businesses. 

Through its dynamic mobility policy and the development of its partnerships, Sorbonne University affirms its role in disseminating knowledge to all sectors and stakeholders of the society, from citizens to politicians, in a spirit of open science.

Research and innovation at a European level:

The Sorbonne University community actively participates in European research and innovation programmes, with excellent success rates, and thus contributes to meeting global challenges with its European partners. Sorbonne University provides researchers with assistance in setting up their projects including legal and financial support in responding to calls for tenders. The community seizes the opportunity of collaborative research by coordinating or participating in a number of European projects, and the success of our teams shows their international engagement. In addition, Sorbonne academic researchers and researchers stand out for their success in the ERC, a highly competitive European programme that awards individual grants for basic research. 

A pioneering marine infrastructure network:

The University coordinates the EMBRC (European Marine Biological Resource Centre)—a European infrastructure network of nearly 20 marine biology structures and stations in nine countries. The EMBRC was awarded the "ESFRI landmark" status in 2018, confirming its excellence and international reach. Sorbonne University is the first French university to develop a European infrastructure. 

Developing the knowledge triangle in Europe:

Sorbonne University actively participates in three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), selected by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in the fields of digital, climate, health and ageing. Sorbonne University also hosts the French node of EIT-Health. KICs unite innovation, higher education and research to strengthen the societal and economic impact of their members.  

Sorbonne University’s dedication to European projects – Key Figures:

Horizon 2020 

  • 146 European projects funded
  • 65 collaborative research and innovation projects
  • 82 ongoing ERC projects, 20 new ERCs in 2019
  • 55 projects Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

For a total of more than 80 million euros in funding for the Sorbonne University teams - 22 million in 2019. 

Erasmus +

19 ongoing European projects for more than 900,000 euros in funding to Sorbonne University teams.

Ongoing coordination:

Horizon 2020

Project H2020 Future and Emerging Technologies in Physics, "Photons for Quantum Simulation" - the objective of the PhoQuS project is to develop a new quantum simulation platform, based on photonic quantum fluids.

Project H2020 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks, with the ISIR laboratory. This project seeks to understand how robots with social skills can be used in schools to assist teaching teams.

Project H2020 ERC on collaboration between ERC award-winning researchers and artists for the creation of comic strips on their research project.

Project H2020 Marie Curie Initial Training Network, at the ISTeP laboratory. This collaborative project brings together 15 academic and industrial partners for the training of PhD students in the field of wave propagation in complex media.

Project H2020 Marie Curie Initial Training Network, Institut Jean Le Rond d'Alembert (IJLRA). This project brings together 15 partners in 9 countries to explore and develop CO2 transformation technologies. It is associated with 6 industrial partners, who bring their technological know-how and their vision of needs.  

Under the aegis of EMBRC, the H2020 infrastructures ASSEMBLE PLUS project is a network of 24 partners at 30 marine stations, which aims to stimulate fundamental and applied research in marine biology and ecology.  

This H2020 collaborative RIA project brings together 15 partners in 7 countries to better understand the impact of the Antarctic Ocean on climate, which will ultimately lead to significant improvements in the climate prediction models.

As a CSA Collaborative Project H2020. EMPOWER aims to accelerate the development of joint EU-US "post 5G" platforms and to develop a common connectivity ecosystem. 

  • EMC2

Project ERC Synergy grant with the laboratories LJLL (Yvon Maday) and LCT (Jean-Philippe Piquemal), INRIA and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. The aim of the EMC2 project is to achieve scientific breakthroughs in the field of molecular simulation by bringing together the expertise of a multidisciplinary community at the interfaces of mathematics, chemistry, physics and computer science.

Erasmus + 

Digital marine is a strategic partnership that unites 6 universities to develop an e-learning platform for marine sciences.


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