Networking the European Research Area
|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|
|FFG Unit of organisation||European and international programmes|
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:
- integrating and strengthening the ERA by poolingthe existing resources of national and regional programmes.
- 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.).