Navigation path

top banner

ERA in Partnership

Partnership is essential to complete ERA.

The most effective and pragmatic approach for completing the European Research Area is a reinforced ERA partnership - deeper, wider and more efficient than to date - between Member States, the Commission and research stakeholder organisations. This means complementing the primary ERA partnership between the Member States and the Commission by systematically involving stakeholder organisations.

» Partnership with Member States and Associated Countries: ERAC

The European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC) is a strategic policy advisory committee whose principal mission is to provide timely strategic input to the Council, the Commission and Member States on research and innovation issues that are relevant to the development of the European Research Area, the European Semester and the Europe 2020 flagship initiative Innovation Union.

The mandate of the Committee is set out in an annex to the Council resolution on the advisory work for the European Research Area of 31 May 2013 (doc. 10331/13).

The Secretariat of the Committee is provided by the General Secretariat of the Council.

» Partnership with Stakeholder Organisations

The explicit role for research stakeholder organisations in the reinforced partnership for ERA is new and important. It is consistent with the stakeholder’s wishes, the results of the ERA public consultation and repeated calls by the Council.

On the occasion of the adoption of the ERA Communication 'A Reinforced European Research Area Partnership for Excellence and Growth' on 17 July 2012, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn and five Stakeholder Organisations (SHOs):
- European Association of Research and Technological Organisations (EARTO)
- European University Association (EUA)
- League of European Research Universities (LERU)
- NordForsk
- Science Europe

signed a Joint Statement, four Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and accepted one Unilateral Statement in which SHOs undertook to work together towards the achievement of ERA by 2014 . The Commission set up a Stakeholder Platform to follow up on the implementation of the undertakings and offer SHOs a forum for discussion for the development of ERA policy. The Stakeholder Platform is essential to implement ERA as it offers a unique forum for discussion where Stakeholder Organisations interact not only with the Commission but also amongst themselves and create emulation of partnership activities and enable consensus building. The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) joined the Stakeholder Platform on 17 July 2013 and handed over a Unilateral Statement to the Commission.

A Joint Declaration has been signed by the then six Stakeholder Organisations and the Commission on 13 December 2013. In this Joint Declaration, all organisations reaffirmed their joint commitment to achieving the goals of the European Research Area.

The Stakeholder organisations renewed their membership on 23 June 2015 by signing a Joint Statement with the Commission. Though Nordforsk did not renew their membership, it remains committed to ERA priorities and achievements.

On 30 November 2015, EU-Life became an official observer of the Stakeholder Platform., followed by EIRMA and ERRIN on 18 March 2016, ERF-AISBL on 7 June and TAFTIE on 20 September 2016.

The Stakeholder Platform has a crucial role in the monitoring of the ERA implementation and was closely involved with the conception of the ERA monitoring mechanism, with the choice of ERA indicators and with the ERA Progress reports.

For more information, click on the name of an institution:


The European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO), represents about 350 research and technology organisations (RTOs) from across the European Union and ‘FP-associated’ countries. EARTO’s Mission is to promote and defend the interests of RTOs in Europe by reinforcing their profile and position as a key player in the minds of EU decision-makers and by seeking to ensure that European R&D and innovation programmes are best attuned to their interests.

2013 Report on the implementation of ERA actions
EARTO Publications


With more than 850 members, including both universities and national rectors’ conferences, the European University Association (EUA) is the largest and most comprehensive organisation representing universities in Europe, with 17 million students enrolled at EUA’s member institutions. As the voice of European universities, EUA supports and takes forward the interests of universities and the sector as a whole.

2013 Report on the implementation of ERA actions


The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is an association of twenty-one leading research-intensive universities that share the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research.
Founded in 2002, LERU advocates education through an awareness of the frontiers of human understanding; the creation of new knowledge through basic research, which is the ultimate source of innovation in society; and the promotion of research across a broad front in partnership with industry and society at large.

Tenure and tenure track at LERU universities
2013 Report on the implementation of ERA actions
Roadmap for Research Data
Good practice elements in doctoral training 2014
Online learning at research-intensive universities (June 2014)
LERU universities want an ERA of change after the EU elections (May 2014)
Executive Summary
LERU takes concrete steps towards ERA (January 2014)
Roadmap to improve the position of SSH-research in the European Research Area and in Horizon 2020 (December 2013)

Interesting publications


NordForsk is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers that provides funding for Nordic research cooperation as well as advice and input on Nordic research policy.

2013 Report on the implementation of ERA actions
Report on programmes using centres of excellence
Interesting publications
NordForsk's Policy Papers


The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) is a non-profit international association of leading European universities of technology and engineering schools/faculties at comprehensive universities and university colleges. CESAER stands for scientific excellence in engineering education and research, and the promotion of innovation through close cooperation with the private and the public sector in order to ensure the application of cutting-edge knowledge in industry and society.

CESAER ERA Progress Report May 2014
2013 Report on the implementation of ERA actions

Science Europe

Science Europe is an association of major European Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations founded in October 2011. It comprises 52 major research-funding and research-performing organizations from 27 countries which have an annual budget of some EUR 30 billion.

Science Europe Roadmap

» Policy developments

The main policy developments from the Commission since the adoption of the ERA Communication are:

The European Commission is supporting a consortium of employers, through Horizon 2020, in creating a single pan-European pension arrangement (RESAVER) that will offer a defined contribution plan tailor-made for research organisations and their employees..

» ERA Newsletter

Take a look at our ERA Newsletter. (There were no newsletters in 2016)

Produced in collaboration with EARTO, EUA, LERU, NORDFORSK, CESAER, and SCIENCE EUROPE

network print rss