Collaborative & Strategic Working Groups (CWGs/SWGs)
The SCAR committee adopted a structured approach to the prioritisation of research topics for further collaboration, through the establishment of a number of Collaborative Working Groups (CWGs) and Strategic Working Groups (SWGs) formed by Member & Associated State representatives.
The establishment of CWGs is a more flexible and less formal alternative mechanism to the ERA-NET scheme, but shares the same objective: to stimulate and ultimately increase research collaboration between funders and programme managers on key-research areas. In some cases, the term 'Strategic' has been chosen to characterise those Working Groups which have no vocation to become ERA-NETs and are more long-term policy driven.
Since 2005, more than 20 CWGs/SWGs have been set up by European countries engaging voluntarily and on a variable-geometry basis in the definition, development and implementation of common research agendas based on a common vision of how to address major challenges in the field of agricultural research.
The dynamism and commitment of several CWGs paved the way for participation in the FP7 ERA-NET scheme. Eight of them became ERA-NETs.
Forest research and Innovation
European Agricultural Research towards greater impact on Global Challenges - ARCH
The SCAR committee is supported by a Secretariat with staff from the Commission's Directorate-General for Research and staff made available to SCAR from Member States (‘virtual secretariat’). The Secretariat is in charge of the preparation and follow-up of forum meetings (e.g. coordination of the agenda, invitation, documents for the meeting, minutes) and provides assistance to the working groups.
Contact person: François Constantin.