What is an ERANET ?

The objective of the ERA-NET scheme is to develop and strengthen the coordination of national and regional research programmes through two specific actions:

  • 'ERA-NET actions' - providing a framework for actors implementing public research programmes to coordinate their activities e.g. by developing joint activities or by mutually supporting joint calls for trans-national proposals.
  • 'ERA-NET Plus actions'- providing, in a limited number of cases with high European added value, additional EU financial support to facilitate joint calls for proposals between national and/or regional programmes.
Under the ERA-NET scheme, national and regional authorities identify research programmes they wish to coordinate or open up mutually. The participants in these actions are therefore programme 'owners' (typically ministries or regional authorities defining research programmes) or programme 'managers' (such as research councils or other research funding agencies managing research programmes).

More information under: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/coordination/about_co_en.html

Reports from the European Commission:

Summary of the Impact Assessment Study of the ERA-NET scheme under the Sixth Framework Programme


In April 2007, the European Commission, through the Directorate-General for Research, commissioned Matrix Insight1 to evaluate the impact of the ERA-NET scheme and related ERA-NET actions under the 6th Community Framework Programme for Research (FP6). The study focused on 71 ERA-NET coordination actions launched under the FP6 ERA-NET scheme in the 27 Member States of the European Union, Associated countries and Third countries over the FP6 period (i.e. 2002-2006)2. Rambøll Management and independent experts supported Matrix Insight in delivering the impact assessment.

ERA-NETs going further, faster

The ERA-NET scheme was launched, as a complete novelty, in 2002 under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6 2002-06). It was designed ‘to step up the cooperation and coordination of research activities carried out at national and regional level in the Member States and associated countries, through the networking of research programmes, including their mutual opening and the development of joint programmes’.

As such, it constituted an important element in the drive towards the creation of the European Research Area (ERA), helping, in particular, to restructure the fabric of research in Europe.

Provisions for the preparation of ERA-NET actions and their practical implementation

The ERA-NET scheme is one of the tools of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to support the coordination of non-Community research programmes. It is implemented under both the ACooperation and Capacities programmes of FP7. This document expresses the current views of Research Directorate General of the European Commission.

Survey on joint activities in individual ERA-NETs

This report presents the results of a survey conducted in the Winter 2006/2007 about the joint activities of undertaken by ERA-NETs (Coordination Actions) funded by the European Commission.

VINNOVA’s experience of ERA-Net and corresponding programmes during the Sixth Framework Programme, plus its management of new proposals

At the commencement of the Seventh Framework Programme, VINNOVA found it appropriate to study how ERA-Net projects/programmes in which VINNOVA is participating or has participated have actually been realised and implemented. With what culture and rationale have ERA-Nets been initiated and developed? What sort of resource input has there been? In the Seventh Framework Programme, how can VINNOVA benefit from the experiences gained and find more precise indicators for taking part or declining participation?