Network of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean Countries on Joint Innovation and Research Activities

Basic Information


ERANet-LAC is a Network of the European Union (EU), Latin America and the Caribbean Countries (LAC) on Joint Innovation and Research Activities. It will support the political process of implementing the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI), which was endorsed by the “Madrid Action Plan 2010-2012 - Towards a new stage in the bi-regional partnership: innovation and technology for sustainable development and social inclusion adopted by the EU-LAC Summit“ in Madrid in 2010.

ERANet-LAC will strengthen the bi-regional partnership in Science, Technology and Innovation by planning and implementing concrete joint activities and by creating a sustainable framework for future bi-regional joint activities. Research and innovation funding agencies, programme owners and programme managers as well as other relevant stakeholders from both regions will be actively involved in the process in order to promote and enhance the opening of programmes and infrastructures efficiently and to foster long-term partnerships.

Focusing on the priorities defined in the JIRI process, ERANet-LAC will implement two joint calls and organize concrete joint activities seeking to coordinate and cluster research programmes, mutually open research infrastructures and coordinate and open innovation programmes. The joint activities carried out will be evaluated and function as a basis for formulating a road map and establishing an EU-LAC Platform for Funding Agencies. This funding platform will serve as information and communication platform and offer substantial guidelines as well as online working spaces to facilitate and enhance the development of future concrete joint initiatives.

The project activities will be closely linked to the INCO-Net ALCUE NET, the BILAT-projects with Latin America and relevant thematic initiatives and thus increase the effectiveness and impact of existing programmes, infrastructures and networks by developing complementarities and mutual reinforcement.

Main research priorities of the network

The research priorities are defined by the EU-CELAC SOM process and suggested by the SOM working groups on energy, Biodiversity/climate change, health, ICT and bioeconomy

Research fields covered by the network

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food, agriculture and fisheries
  • Health
  • Information and communication technologies

Target Groups

  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Public Research Organisations (PROs)
  • SME (Small and Medium Enterprises)

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Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date
3rd Multi-Thematic Joint Call 2017/2018 one-stage 20/11/2017   08/03/2018 01/09/2018

Funded: 14

2nd Joint Call on Research and Innovation one-stage 01/12/2015   10/03/2016

Submitted: 170


Funded: 27

ERANet-LAC 1st Joint Call on Research and Innovation between the EU Member States and Associated Countries and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) one-stage 16/09/2014   27/11/2014

Submitted: 90


Funded: 14