The CURIF Missions

The CURIF brings together French research-intensive universities that share the value of high-level educational in a world-class research environment:

  • An education that puts the boundaries of human knowledge and the issues and challenges of the world into perspective
  • The creation of new knowledge through research developed freely within the university, which plays an essential role in the innovation process and contributes significantly to the advancement of society,
  • The promotion of close research partnerships with businesses, organizations and society as a whole

Thus, research- intensive universities have a special responsibility in the economic, social and cultural development of society. This global reality must be fully recognized and taken into account in France.

The purpose of CURIF is to transmit these values to policy and decision makers, and to develop best practices through the mutual exchange of experiences.

The CURIF’s goal is to raise awareness among political and economic decision-makers and opinion leaders on the role and activities of research-intensive universities. It aims to provide in-depth analysis and concrete recommendations.

Universities in the CURIF believe:

  • The relative autonomy they have acquired in the allocation of their resources, both financial and personnel is considerable progress. Their mission is to defend and develop this autonomy.
  • The place they have acquired in recent years as research organizations working side-by-side with national research agencies has given them the right to decide, in consultation with them, their research policy and strategy is also a step forward in promoting and developing the territorial and national framework.
  • The allocation of resources—financial, in personnel and in scientific investment—must take into account a sufficient proportion of the volume of their research activities, subject to quality performance reviews. Their ability to raise contract resources must be accompanied by the widespread inclusion of indirect costs of research as in other major research countries.
  • The evaluation of these performances is necessary for universities to drive the best possible strategy in both research and education. This assessment must be clearly separated from the decisions that properly belong to different guardianship of the research entities, including the universities themselves. This assessment requires no ranking, the mission of universities is not to outdo each other, but together to get the best performance internationally.