The History of the CURIF

The CURIF was created in 2008 as an informal coordination group. It was created to defend the specificities of the universities that were most active in the field of research during the discussion of the replacement the SAN REMO resource allocation system. Indeed, the resource allocation systems proposed by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education consistently neglected to take into account the needs of research activities at a realistic level, which hampers the maintenance of advanced research in our institutions.

It then appeared that the position of the large universities could not be fully developed in the CPU (the Conference of University Presidents) because the Conference must take into account the point of view of all universities and some have urgent needs in education and relatively less urgency in research. It also appeared that most European countries, following the example of LERU, have established their own research-intensive university liaison group to defend academic research. These groups make a clear case to their governments that unless there are means and a strategy for intensive research, universities will be excluded from international competition with all the disastrous consequences that this entails in the innovation and reputation of the territory.

The main research university associations are:

The Russel Group in the UK, the Go8 in Autralia, Ivy League in the US, U15 Germany in Germany, the U15 in Canada, 11 Research University in Japan, the Association of East Asian Research Universities and the C9 League in China.