Public-public partnerships

Public-public partnerships are agreements that allow EU countries to draw up joint research programmes which the EU may participate in. The aim of public-public partnerships (Article 26 of the Horizon 2020 Regulation) is to pool national research efforts in order to make better use of Europe's public research and development resources and to tackle common European challenges more effectively.

The 3 main pillars of public-public partnerships in EU research

  • Joint Programming Initiatives Member-State driven R&I programmes on societal challenges that have been directly established since 2010 by the Council and which are partly supported by Horizon 2020 through ERA-NETs
  • Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) allows the EU to participate in research programmes undertaken jointly by several EU member countries
  • ERA-NET Cofund instrument under Horizon 2020 is mainly used to 'top-up' single joint calls and actions of a transnational nature.

Public-public partnerships learning platform - ERA-LEARN 2020

ERA-LEARN 2020 is a coordination and support action (CSA) funded by Horizon 2020. It started in January 2015. It continues and expands services previously provided by ERA-LEARN, NETWATCH, and JPIs To Co Work.

It aims to provide a web-based learning platform to avoid duplication of effort and provide support to the public-public partnership community.

ERA-LEARN 2020 involves the main stakeholders engaged in designing and deploying the broad structures and functions for the coordination and cooperation of national and/or regional research programmes.

Objectives of ERA-LEARN

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