Supporting the Cooperation and Coordination of Research Activities carried out at National or Regional Level: the ERA-NET scheme
The European Research Area has as its core message the need to overcome the traditional fragmentation of research efforts in the EU through better coordination and cooperation. In this regard, the recently launched Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6) introduced a specific programme "Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area" from which a new initiative - the ERA-NET Scheme - will be financed.
The ERA-NET Scheme is about the coordination and cooperation of national and regional programmes and as such, it aims at the national and regional programme makers and managers. These are, in most countries, either working in the Ministries or working in national funding agencies, which implement programmes on behalf of their governments. The ERA-NET Scheme will be implemented via an Open Call for proposals, welcoming proposals for coordination actions in any field of science and technology i.e. using a bottom-up approach. The Commission will pay all additional costs related to the coordination up to 100%.
Final report of ERA-NET Review Expert Group (December 2006: PDF 153 kB)
the European Research Area - Coordination of National Programmes : ERA-NET,
Article 169 (PDF 640 KB) Also available in
French (PDF 650 KB) and German
(PDF 650 KB).
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For more detailed information on the ERA-NET Scheme please consult the following websites:
Directorate-General for Research
Current and previous activities