ERA-CHEMISTRY (self-sustained)

A network of research councils for the development and implementation of joint bottom-up European programmes for curiosity driven research

Basic Information


"ERAfrica aims to reduce the fragmentation of the European Research Area by increasing the coordination between national research programmes across European Union Member States and Associated countries, in close coordination with national research programmes in Africa. The consortium of the project gathers key S&T funding agencies and ministries from Europe and Africa and its actions will result in concrete co-operation between research programmes, such as their networking, mutual opening and the development, funding and implementation of joint activities.
The project will establish a long-term framework for communication, collaboration and coordination of programme owners/ managers related to S&T co-operation from Europe and Africa ; reinforce EU-Africa S&T collaboration by promoting joint learning by African and European research programmes owners and managers and identifying relevant instruments to address more effectively the global challenges of sustainable development; develop joint funding schemes and procedures between European and African programme owners aiming at supporting joint activities; strengthen African research capacities and improve the impact of research for development in Africa.
Erafrica will consider a broad concept of research for development, including not only the classical topics related to poverty alleviation and the MDGs, but also those related to sustainable development.
The implementation of joint activities involving several partners from the project, as well as programme owners/managers who might no be part of the project, is the overall ambition of ERAFRICA. These joint activities will be defined and agreed upon during the first year of the project, thanks to the input from the networking activities implemented during the first year of the ERANET."

Main research priorities of the network

Fundamental research in chemistry and related areas

Research fields covered by the network

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Materials
  • Nanosciences and nanotechnologies

Target Groups

  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Public Research Organisations (PROs)

Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date
Open Initiative 2014 two-stages 10/01/2014 14/02/2014 01/08/2014  
Open Initiative 2013 two-stages 11/01/2013 15/03/2013 02/08/2013  
Open Initiative 2012 two-stages 06/01/2012 10/02/2012

Submitted: 30


Submitted: 26


Funded: 5

Open Initiative 2011 two-stages 07/01/2011 08/02/2011

Submitted: 33


Submitted: 20


Successful: 6

Funded: 6

Open Initiative 2010 two-stages 22/01/2010 23/02/2010

Submitted: 71


Submitted: 71


Successful: 7

Funded: 7

Open Initiative 2009 two-stages 06/02/2009 03/03/2009

Submitted: 50


Submitted: 26


Funded: 8