Networking the European Research Area
The ERA-NET scheme supports the coordination of national and regional funding programmes in Europe. National or regional authorities select research funding programmes they wish to coordinate with other countries or make accessible to transnational research projects. Many ERA-NET initiatives offer joint calls for the submission of transnational research projects.
Owner of programme / investor
Target group SME, Large enterprises, Universities, Universities of applied sciences, Competence centres, Research facilities, Single researchers, Start-up, Non-profit organisations, Regional administrative bodies, Multiplikatoren / Intermediäre
Topic Service Innovations, Society, Information technology, Human resources, Life sciences, Materials and production, Mobility, Security, Environment and energy, Further issues, Space
Type of service Funding
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FFG Unit of organisation European and international programmes
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More than 80 % of European research activities in the public sector are carried out at national level, primarily under national and regional research programmes. In order to achieve Europe’s central goal of creating a vital European Research Area (ERA) it will be necessary to improve the coordination of national and regional research programmes.

With this in mind, the ERA-NET scheme was developed as part of the 6th and 7th EU Framework Programmes and further enhanced in the current Horizon 2020 Programme for continuing to ensure cross-border research and technology collaborations.

The ERA-NET scheme is aimed at:

  1. integrating and strengthening the ERA by poolingthe existing resources of national and regional programmes.
  2. developing long-term transnational cooperation between national/regional research programmes to carry out transnational research programmeswhere feasible.


ERA-NET projects contribute to European research competitiveness, especially where it is necessary to

  • collaborate in providing solutions for shared problems(e.g. safety and security, climate protection);
  • achieve critical massesin areas where national resources are scarce (e.g. rare diseases);
  • develop common standards and approaches (e.g. plant genomics, food safety);
  • focus on specific geographical topics(e.g. shared biological resources, environmental problems);
  • ensure internal coordination in collaborations with non-EU countries(e.g. cooperation with China, Balkan states etc.).