Towards a European Research Area for Systems Biology - A Transnational Funding Initiative to Support the Convergence of Life Sciences with Information Technology & Systems Sciences

Basic Information


As an ERA-NET, ERASysBio is committed to supporting the establishment of the European Research Area (ERA) in the field of systems biology by stimulating and facilitating programme coordination and joint activities in the field; not only in EU Member States but also in associated countries. ERASysBio is a transnational funding initiative bringing together 16 ministries and funding agencies from 13 countries to coordinate their national research programmes in systems biology and agree on a common European research agenda.

Main research priorities of the network

The ERA-NET has no set preferences regarding the research priorities; all research must, however, have an underlying systems biology (SB) approach. The pilot call was restricted to SB research on microorganisms (as was the predecessor thereof). The planned consecutive call was open to biomedicine, biotechnology and agri-food but was transferred from the ERA-NET to an ERA-NET Plus action (see ERASysBio+).

Research fields covered by the network

  • Health
  • Food, agriculture and fisheries
  • Biotechnology

Target Groups

  • Private and Semi-private Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs)
  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Public Research Organisations (PROs)
  • Large Corporations
  • SME (Small and Medium Enterprises)

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Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date
SysMO2 two-stages 20/03/2009   11/05/2009

Submitted: 45


Funded: 8

SysMO - Systems Biology of Microorganisms one-stage 31/08/2005   06/01/2006

Submitted: 33


Funded: 11