06 October 2021 | Briefing

NextGenerationEU: What do National Recovery and Resilience Plans hold for universities?

Enora Bennetot Pruvot, Thomas Estermann

Universities have much to say and deliver in the policy areas set forth in NextGenerationEU. They have a role to play in facilitating the green and digital transitions, in contributing towards smart and inclusive growth, and they are leading actors in educating, upskilling and reskilling populations.


But where do real opportunities lie for universities to contribute towards the objectives of the national recovery plans? What type of support can they expect, for which activities? This EUA briefing answers these questions with the aim to enhance awareness among higher education institutions. It also highlights and shares examples illustrating the diversity of options available to universities, underlines potential complementarities with other funding schemes, and contributes to the plans’ transparent implementation at the national level by formulating key messages to universities and policy makers.

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