ERA-NET on Solar Electricity for the Implementation of the Solar Europe Industry Initiative

Basic Information


The goal of SOLAR-ERA.NET is to undertake joint strategic planning, programming and activities for RTD and innovation in the area of solar electricity generation, i.e. photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP). Joint activities, namely joint calls, are defined for key topics and priorities in accordance with the Solar Europe Industrial Initiative (SEII) based on the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan and its related Implementation Plans for PV and CSP.

The network's activities will primarily involve the launching of joint calls for RTD proposals by national and regional RTD and innovation programmes. In order to define and support best joint activities, strategic information exchange and use of implementation tools will be carried out among the network participants and associates from key stakeholder groups.

As the largest European network ever - with 18 partners from 18 countries and regions - in the solar power field, SOLAR-ERA.NET will involve more than 20 RTD and innovation programmes dealing with PV and CSP. This high level of involvement of most relevant stakeholders will provide excellent outreach and coordination needed for an efficient and coherent approach in the highly diverse and versatile RTD landscape.

The EC funding (for the ERA-NET project) shall be multiplied by a factor of 50 in the form of joint calls. These joint calls for RTD and innovation topics in PV and CSP shall result in a total funding volume by the participating programmes of at least 50 MEUR. Assuming an average leverage factor of associated funding by industry and research of 2,5, this shall lead to the mobilisation of at least 125 MEUR in joint projects.

SOLAR-ERA.NET will thus contribute to reach the objectives of the SEII, namely boosting the development of the PV and CSP sector beyond business-as-usual, and of the ERA-NET, namely enhancing cooperation between the national/regional programming stakeholders at European level.

Main research priorities of the network

Priority topics mainly defined in the SEII Team / procedure

Research fields covered by the network

  • Energy
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Industrial production
  • Materials
  • Nanosciences and nanotechnologies

Target Groups

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

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Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date
SOLAR-ERA-NET Transnational Calls PV4 and CSP4 two-stages 08/12/2015 11/04/2016

Submitted: 39


Submitted: 17


Funded: 9

SOLAR-ERA.NET Transnational Calls PV3 and CSP3 two-stages 10/12/2014 27/03/2015

Submitted: 32


Submitted: 21


Funded: 11

SOLAR-ERA.NET Transnational Calls PV2 and CSP2 two-stages 15/01/2014 30/04/2014

Submitted: 49


Submitted: 24


Successful: 24

SOLAR-ERA.NET Transnational Calls PV1 and CSP1 two-stages 04/03/2013 15/05/2013

Submitted: 60


Submitted: 21


Funded: 9