NeurotechEU - Phase 1 (2021-2023)

The first phase of the project lasted 2021-2023.


  • Established alliance organisation, management and digital frameworks for research, education and innovation activities
  • Development of an efficient and inclusive way of working
  • Implemented mobility and exchange programs for students and staff
  • You can find all outcome deliverable reports at the NeurotechEU web page and under the respective work package below


A central goal of NeurotechEU activities is the continuous integration of education, research and innovation.

  • NeurotechEU activities are coordinated in work packages (WPs)
  • Each partner university led one WP
  • All universities had representatives in all WPs
NeurotechEUs organisation
Image: Eight work packages of the NeurotechEU organisation.
Workpackages NeurotechEU
Image: NeurotechEU work packages phase 1.

Work packages 2021-2023

The work package 1 was coordinated by:

NeurotechEU’s governance framework provides a dynamic, efficient and effective organisational structure for defining mission and values, project handling, resource allocation, financial management, quality assurance, and risk and change management.


  1. Setting up a scalable and modular governance structure for international, multi-institutional and inter-sectoral collaboration,
  2. Coalescing the alliance’s values, mission, and objectives into an actionable plan and put it into practice
  3. Monitoring the NeurotechEU accomplishments based on deliverables
  4. Creating a shared digital platform for administration, cooperation, and accountable resource utilisation

Outcome deliverable reports:

All governance structures are established and running

The work package 2 was coordinated by:

The performance of NeurotechEU and its results is measured based on structured Qualitative and Quantitative Quality Reviews (Q3R) carried out by a team of impartial educators, researchers and experts, in line with the policies established in the Neurotech Education and Research Quality (NERQ) Compendium.


  1. Establishing, implementing and revising the NERQ Compendium
  2. Assessment of the Neurotech activities
  3. Ensuring quality assurance in deliverables
  4. Evaluation and implementation of improvements in quality criteria, see quality reviews

Outcome deliverable reports:

NeurotechEU Structure: Document of Responsibilities
Compendium: 1.Quality Plan
NERQ Compendium: 2. Quality reviews
NERQ Compendium: 3. Improvement Plan
NeurotechEU Work Plan

The work package 3 was coordinated by:

The third work package (WP3) of NeurotechEU was visionary and forward looking. The task forces were coordinated in six focus groups.

Focus groups:

  1. Health & Healthcare
  2. Learning & Education
  3. Food & Cognition
  4. Biological & Artificial Intelligence
  5. Neurotechnology & Big Data
  6. Public & Politics


  1. Organising focus groups focusing on neurochallenges
  2. Mapping the current state of the knowledge with the desired end-points in technological developments
  3. Creating a roadmap to reach the desired end-points, revise targets based on the developments in the field, the alliance and the society
  4. Future-proofing NeurotechEU's educational, research and innovation programmes

The work package 4 was coordinated by:

NeurotechEU will provide educational programmes for students, researchers, scientists,and engineers who will also be well trained in the broader European implications of scientific advances for society and economy.


  1. Designing and implementing an open-source, scalable digital platform to provide blended learning for all
  2. Building the NeurotechEU Campus+ to train students towards their University degree
  3. Establishing the NeurotechEU Graduate School to train postgraduate (MSc and PhD) students and promote professionalization in an intersectoral setting
  4. Implementing the NeurotechEU life-long learning program for the broadest segment in society to attract new talent and redress the educational inequalities among individuals

Outcome deliverable reports:

NeurotechEU Graduate School (GS)
Catalogue of life-long learning programmes and its integration into CAMPUS+
Guidelines and agreement for transfer of learning credits

The work package 5 was coordinated by:

NeurotechEU will build innovation highways inspired by brain research and promoting technological developments to cross the boundaries of education, research and technological innovations.


  1. Identifying neurochallenges that technological innovations can help solve in the foreseeable future
  2. Bring together the key stakeholders across sectors, including European Universities, to kindle innovation
  3. Design, implement and distribute future-proof neurotechnologies
  4. Help usher systematic removal of the remaining barriers between academy and industry, to facilitate professionalisation among trainees and promote innovation in the society

The work package 6 was coordinated by:

The technological innovation in NeurotechEU will need societal innovation for community building, (societal) preparedness and adoption of new technologies to solve society’s challenges. Neurophilosophy, Neuroethics, Neurolaw will be the backbones for implementation of the advances in the field to help address societal challenges.


  1. Creation of Societal Innovation hubs by bringing together the relevant segments of the society, the European Neurotech ecosystem, and NeurotechEU
  2. Identification of societal neurochallenges for which Neurotechnology could provide practical solutions
  3. Promoting the adoption of new technologies by educating the society and community building
  4. Creation of new degree programs at the intersection of Neuroscience, Technology and alpha sciences

Outcome deliverable reports:

Exhibitions and innovation showcases

The work package 7 was coordinated by:

NeurotechEU will define impactful policies, processes and procedures to remove obstacles to access education, bridging inequalities in employment and create an open and transparent atmosphere for the promotion of multilingualism, inclusion and diversity.


  1. Implement affirmative action to ensure social inclusion for all members of the NeurotechEU from students and researchers to staff members and administrators
  2. Establish widening access as an essential component of performance management and review
  3. Promote the acquisition of language skills and cross-cultural competences as a part of the educational goals of the NeurotechEU, and document student achievements by educational credits and certificates recognised certificates through the Alliance
  4. Facilitate multilingual communication and teaching, offering complementary courses in multiple languages in partnering universities

Outcome deliverable reports:

Widening Access within NeurotechEU: summary of best practices
Policy & Action Plan
Catalogue for language certification in the NeurotechEU Alliance
Dissemination content for STEM fields

The work package 8 was coordinated by:

NeurotechEU will actively convey its strategy and outcomes by creating a NeurotechEU community to which knowledge dissemination will go beyond the traditional university education and specifically target the last three (X, Y, Z) generations through distance learning, massive open online courses (MOOC), summer schools, certificate programs, workshops and conferences.


  1. Take the lead role in exploring new funding opportunities for the continued structural support of the NeurotechEU
  2. Outline and implement the Communication Plan of the alliance to ensure efficient, successful, transparent communication throughout the organisational structures, as well as with the European Commission, European Universities and public
  3. Create, build and maintain the “NeurotechEU community“ and integrate it with the European Neurotech ecosystem
  4. Set up community open days in participating universities to promote awareness, disseminate knowledge, and bring the University to the public

Outcome deliverable reports:

Funding opportunities reports, 1
Funding opportunities reports, 2
BrainBee competitions, 1

Emma Hägg