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Briefing on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in research published by the European Parliamentary Research Service 22/05/2017

A new Briefing on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in research was published by the European Parliamentary Research Service. The briefing gives an overview of the development of public private partnerships, their role in European research policies and for the societal challenges as well as the current situation of EU PPPs. The report tends to summarize aspects which might to be considered when setting the budget for the PPPs in FP9.

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New country report function available 12/05/2017

Country reports are generated using the data provided by the P2P networks. The reports include overviews and details for selected countries.

To generate the report:

  • Follow the link
  • Select the country you are interested in
  • Click the icon “Show report”

A country specific report will be generated showing the research fields, number of cooperations in networks and calls as well as funded projects.

First Good Practice Case Study on “Practices of Evaluation and Impact Assessment” 12/05/2017

FACCE-JPI Applies a Stepwise Approach to Assess Impact at Network Level 

During the Annual Joint Programming Conference 2016 the attendees stressed that the time is ripe for providing evidence of the impact achieved by Public to Public Partnerships (P2Ps). This requires adequate Monitoring and Evaluation approaches and their implementation.

The first case study showcases how FACCE-JPI assesses impact through its Monitoring & Evaluation activities. FACCE-JPI’s approach and process is that it introduces three “Targets”: the alignment and coordination of national and European programmes (Target 1) is needed to ensure high quality transnational research activities (Target 2). These research activities in turn will contribute to the overall goal of the JPI: […] tackling the societal challenge (Target 3). FACCE-JPI has conceptualised and operationalised Target 1 (Alignment), developed a questionnaire to the Governing Board, and collected monitoring data.

This case study also shows how Monitoring & Evaluation activities also serve as a reflection and learning tool.

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New case studies on alignment modalities at trans-regional level 12/05/2017

Two new case studies have been conducted as part of the ERA-LEARN 2020 Task 4.4: “Investigate alignment modalities at trans-regional level”. They focus on:

  • NordForsk  - an organisation developed at regional level among the Nordic Countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and three autonomous areas, Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands. The peculiarity of this regional initiative relies on the extended use of the “real common pot funding mechanism” in all its programmes and initiatives.
  •  Bonus - the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme,  was launched under the Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union as a strategic, multi-annual joint research undertaking of eight Baltic Member States. Its purpose is to overcome research fragmentation and duplication by integrating national programmes into a single centrally managed programme.

Case study reports and further information on the related task are available here.

Save the date: 21-22 September 2017 - Implementing ERA-NET Cofund, Berlin 28/04/2017

The workshops will provide guidance for new ERA-NET Cofund coordinators and core partners. The participants will be introduced to the ERA-NET Cofund scheme, the ERA-LEARN 2020 website and the ERA-LEARN online toolbox. Interactive Group Work sessions will focus on “How to establish, manage and finance the consortium” as well as on “How to implement the joint call”. The Workshop will take place in Berlin (21-22 September 2017).

New Pdf-Function to select pages 26/04/2017

A new feature is implemented at the ERA-LEARN 2020 portal. Pages can be selected from the webpage and converted into PDF.  Per clicking the "Add to Pdf” Icon the selected content is added to a list and can be printed as one single PDF.

New tools for ERA-NET-Cofund available 12/04/2017

Save the date: 26-27 September 2017 Foresight Training, Vienna 09/03/2017

ERA-LEARN 2020 offers a training course on the application of foresight-processes for trans-national coordination of strategic research and innovation 26-27 September 2017 taking place in Vienna.

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Conference Report Annual Joint Programming Conference 22-23 Nov 2016 now available 07/02/2017

The conference report is now available for download.

PLATFORM of bioeconomy ERA-NET Actions published Policy Brief No. 3: The role of the ERA-NET instrument in fostering inclusiveness 23/01/2017

In the spirit of building an inclusive European Research Area, the PLATFORM of Bioeconomy ERA-NET Actions Policy Brief No. 3 “The role of the ERA-NET instrument in fostering inclusiveness” provides recommendations for the European Commission (EC), ERA-NET initiatives and the so-called lower performing countries (LPCs) on how LPCs can become an integral and empowered part of the ERA-NET community. Read more and download the PDF here.

New case studies on current approaches to alignment 13/01/2017

Two additional case studies have been conducted as part of the ERA-LEARN 2020 Task 4.2 “Assessment of Current Approaches to Alignment”. They focus on:

  • The Network of Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (CoEN), which facilitates institutional cooperation amongst national Centres of Excellence (research performing organisations) by enabling the launch of transnational calls for project proposals in the field of degenerative diseases;
  • The elaboration of a new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) by members of the Joint Programming Initiative “Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe” (JPI Climate), which was based on an updating process of the initiative’s first Strategic Research Agenda.

Case study reports and further information on the related task are available here.

Summary on Workshop on the Practical Implementation of Alignment (23/11/2016) ready for download 01/12/2016

The Workshop on the Practical Implementation of Alignment II was organised back-to-back with the ERA-LEARN Conference on 23 November 2016. 28 representatives of P2Ps, the MLE on Alignment and the European Commission attended the workshop. You can now download: (1) the photographic record and a short summary of the workshop and (2) 2-page summaries of strengths, challenges and success factors of specific joint actions (strategic alignment, alignment of national RTDI programmes, institutional alignment and sharing of knowledge/data/infrastructure) to achieve alignment (More information and download).

Analysis of ERA-NET Cofund actions under Horizon 2020 published 22/11/2016

The first ERA-NET Cofund actions were evaluated by an Expert Group in view of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. The Expert Group was set up by the Commission with the mandate to perform an assessment of the first ERA-NET Cofund actions with the purpose:
- to take stock of the experiences in preparing and implementing ERA-NET Cofund,
- to identify critical issues that need to be addressed and if necessary propose adjustments, and
- to assess how the instrument can best contribute to the policy developments.
The Expert Group is grateful to ERA-LEARN 2020 for the significant support provided during the analysis of the actions.

Final report of the expert group available for download.

Save the date: 20-21 Feb 2017 Foresight Training, Vienna 22/11/2016

ERA-LEARN 2020 offers a training course on the application of foresight-processes for trans-national coordination of strategic research and innovation 20-21 February 2017 taking place in Vienna.


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2nd Annual Report on P2P Partnerships (2016) 22/11/2016

The 2nd  ERA-LEARN 2020 annual report on public-public (P2P) networks in Europe covers the 12 month period from July 2015 to the end of June 2016. It also aims to present the cumulative and emerging position on joint calls since the launch of the P2P movement in 2003 and provides a spotlight on the Cofund instrument, presenting a picture of the investment and results of the Cofunds to date.  The report can be downloaded here.

Alignment of national AAL Programmes – Practical Implementation from the Austrian Perspective 16/11/2016

The focus of this case study is on the practical implementation of alignment of national AAL programmes from an Austrian perspective. The case study reveals how Austria aligns its national and transnational activities in AAL related programmes in practical terms. Two aspects became obvious: (1) ‘taking joint actions’ aspect and ‘building complementarities and synergies’ aspect (More information and download).

New case study on the Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe 10/11/2016

A new case study has been conducted as part of the ERA-LEARN 2020 Task 4.2 “Assessment of Current Approaches to Alignment”. It focuses on the European initiative OpenAIRE, which is a support platform that seeks to promote Open Access to research outputs across 33 countries from Europe and beyond.

The case study report and further information on the related task are available here.

Common Position on Alignment in Austria – a case study on national coordination 03/11/2016

This case study examines the process towards finding a common position on alignment in Austria among the mayor R&D Stakeholders and reveals that a main pre-condition for a common position on alignment is national coordination among all RTI key players. The initial process to develop a common position on alignment and the transferability of this process is assessed very high (More information and download)



New Guidance Material on ERA-NET COFUND financial aspects available 28/10/2016

Five new presentations explaining ERA-NET COFUND financial aspects are available on the ERA-LEARN 2020 Web portal in the sections “ERA-NET Cofund: Guidelines & Practical Documentation”.

One presentation is focusing on the general principles, the others cover the topics EC-TOP-Up distribution, Calculation of Unit Costs, Implementations Costs as well as Financial Risks and Risk Mitigation.

Annual Joint Programming Conference 2016 - Full programme now online – don’t forget to register 26/10/2016

ERA-LEARN 2020 and the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation have the pleasure to invite you to the Annual Joint Programming Conference 2016 focusing on "Impacts of Public-Public Partnerships - expectations and experiences".

The detailed programme of the Annual Joint Programming Conference 2016 is online.

Register now and secure your place!

New case studies on current approaches to alignment 03/10/2016

Three additional case studies have been conducted as part of the ERA-LEARN 2020 Task 4.2 “Assessment of Current Approaches to Alignment”. They focus on:

  • The transnational network of research funding organisations “Humanities in the European Research Area” (HERA), which has been established thanks to the ERA-NET scheme (European Research Area Networks), that is co-funded by the EC and facilitates the launch of joint calls for project proposals;
  • The shared use of the German Research Vessel SONNE, undertaken in the context of a transnational research project launched by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans);
  • The Joint Mapping exercise conducted in the context of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI), which relied on Mapping Meetings and other instruments.

Case study reports and further information on the related task are available here.

Register now for the annual Joint Programming Conference 2016, 22-23 November 28/09/2016

Registration is open for the Annual Joint Programming Conference 2016, 22-23 November 2016, Brussels

ERA-LEARN 2020 and the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation have the pleasure to invite you to the Annual Joint Programming Conference 2016 focusing on "Impacts of Public-Public Partnerships - expectations and experiences".

The objective is to raise awareness and collect evidence of outcomes and impacts of P2Ps at European and national level. This will be an important contribution also for the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation and prepare for the next Framework programme. The potential of P2Ps to deliver high European and national added value is underexploited and the event will provide you with an opportunity to understand the expectations from policy makers as well as exchanging with other networks on how to better show and assess the impacts of P2Ps.

Come to Brussels to hear the latest from policy makers and practitioners from Member States and Associated Countries, from DG Research and Innovation, from the GPC and from selected networks and initiatives.

Use this opportunity to share your experiences in thematic parallel sessions. Hear from other networks, countries and regions - those with lots of experience as well as newcomers. Register now and secure your place! We will confirm your registration within one week.

You will also have the possibility with your registration to suggest for the thematic sessions an example for impacts, in particular at national policy level or project level.

With kind regards, looking forward to meeting you in Brussels,

Joint Call combining funds from Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations – case study on ERA4CS 21/09/2016

The ERA4CS case provides lessons how a joint call can be supported by Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations at the same time using the ERA-NET Cofund instrument. The cases serves as lesson for coordinators of P2Ps, scientific directors of research performing organisations, coordinators of national research programmes at RTDI ministries and funding agencies and policy makers at European Commission (More information and Download).

Institutional alignment – case study on ERA-PLANET 24/08/2016

The ERA-PLANET case provides lessons how alliances of research organisations can implement a joint call based on national institutional in-kind and co-funding of the European Commission using the ERA-NET Cofund actions to coordinators of P2Ps, scientific directors of research performing organisations, coordinators of national research programmes at RTDI ministries and policy makers at European Commission (More information and Download).

Institutional alignment – case study on European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) 04/07/2016

The EERA case provides lessons how to develop and support institutional alignment to coordinators of P2Ps, scientific directors of research performing organisations, coordinators of national research programmes at RTDI ministries and research funding organisations and policy makers at European Commission (More information and Download).

Training Course "Using Foresight in Public-Public-Partnerships (P2Ps)" 01/07/2016

ERA-LEARN 2020 offers a training course on the application of foresight-processes for trans-national coordination of strategic research and innovation on November 7th 2016 – November 9th 2016 taking place in Vienna.

The registration is now open.

ERA-LEARN 2020 Newsletter #3 released 06/05/2016

The ERA-LEARN 2020 Newsletter #3 is available for download.

Evaluation of Joint Programming - Final Report of the Expert Group published 11/03/2016

The Final Report of the Expert Group on "Evaluation of Joint Programming to Address Grand Societal Challenges" is available here.

Conference Report Annual Joint Programming Conference 14-15 Jan 2016 now available 04/03/2016

 The conference report is now available for download.

Save the date: 22-23 Nov 2016 Annual Joint Programming Conference 2016 03/03/2016

The report from the latest Annual Joint Programming Conference 14-15 January 2016 is available here

PLATFORM Policy Brief No. 2 Co-creation of a Global Bioeconomy 12/02/2016

Policy Brief No. 2 is a result of discussions held at the first PLATFORM Annual Events in the session ”Impact and alignment” and the session  “Outreach to other geographical regions”. The latter was the special topic of this Event, for which many guest speakers were invited. Participants included the PLATFORM project team, some Expert Advisory Group (EAG) members, many representatives from bioeconomy ERA-NETs, JPIs and SCAR WGs, and invited representatives from other coordination and learning projects and relevant European level policy bodies

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Annual Joint Programming Conference 2015 (14-15 Jan 2016), slides online 20/01/2016

The Annual Joint Programming Conference was sucessfully organised. 

All presentations are available for downloading.


1st Annual Report on Public-Public Partnerships (2015) 26/11/2015

The 1st Annual Report on the P2P landscape, from the ERA-LEARN 2020 project, is now available to download.  The report covers the 18 month period from 1st January 2014 to 30th June 2015 and seeks to provide an up-to-date picture of the landscape, based on a comprehensive data collection and updating exercise carried out during the summer of 2015. 

Annual Joint Programming 2015: CANCELLED 23/11/2015

Dear all, 

You will have followed the news over the last days, with the Belgian government having decided yesterday evening to maintain the threat level at 4 for the Brussels region.

In accordance with the Belgian recommendations we are afraid that we have to cancel the Annual Joint Programming Conference 2015 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

We will see if we can organise the conference early next year or at least parts of the programme and keep you informed.

We thank you for your understanding!

On behalf of the ERA-LEARN team and the Joint Programming Sector of DG RTD

Head of Sector Joint Programming
European Commission
DG Research & Innovation
ERA Policy and Reforms (B2)

H2020 calls for P2P 2016/17 published 15/10/2015

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 has been adopted on 14 October. The Work Programme 2016-2017 will fund P2Ps with a planned Union contribution of more than Euro 370 million. This is expected to leverage public funds from Participating States in excess of Euro 1 Billion that become available for transnational research.

H2020 calls invite for the submission of more than 35 proposals for ERA-NET Cofund actions and a number of CSAs (including those in support to JPIs).

The budget dedicated to ERA-NET Cofund actions amounts to more than 160 M€ in 2016 and 100 M€ in 2017.

Please note that ERA-LEARN 2020 will launch in the next weeks a partnering tool assisting you in building or joining consortia – we will inform you as soon as it is ready.

Model Consortium Agreement for ERA-NET Cofund available 13/10/2015

An updated model CA specifically for ERA-NET COFUND projects is provided in the Guidelines & Practical documentation.

Survey on user needs 01/10/2015

ERA-LEARN 2020 is dedicated to constantly expand and update guidance and learning material and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and good practice among the Public-Public Partnerships (P2P) community. 

To cover the needs of your organisation and to provide material which is relevant for your P2P activities ERA-LEARN 2020 has assembled a list of potential future topics to be addressed by ERA-LEARN 2020.

Please take a few minutes to reply to our survey and tell us about your needs

Annual Joint Programming 2015: registration open 30/09/2015

The 2015 Joint Programming Conference 2015 will focus on “Building and Sustaining Commitment to Public-Public Partnerships”.

Policy makers and practitioners from ERA-NETs, Art. 185 Initiatives, JPIs and other P2Ps are expected to discuss the status and improvement potentials of policies and practices of member states driven innovation cooperation. The conference will be held at MCE Management Center Europe in Brussels, 24-25 Nov 2015.

Agenda and Registration

Workshop on the Practical Implementation of Alignment: Learning from Good Practice, 29 September 2015 29/09/2015

Workshop on call implementation 24-25 Sep 2015 25/09/2015

The ERA-LEARN team hosted a training workshop 24-25 September 2015 on implementing joint calls under ERA-NET COFUND.

Find all details here.

ERA-LEARN 2020 Newsletter #1 released 29/05/2015

The newsletter features latest news and information on:

  • ERA-LEARN 2020: 2014 to 2017
  • New information and learning platform for the P2P community
  • New ERA-NET Cofunds: from wind farms to rare diseases
  • A Joint Programming Initiative on Oceans
  • European Joint Programme Cofund Action
  • Conference ‘A new start for Europe: opening up to an era of innovation’, 22-23 June 2015, Brussels
  • Public-Public Partnerships and Joint Programming conference 2015

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Final Conference of the project "JPIs To Co Work" 14/01/2014

The Final Conference of the project "JPIs To Co Work" in Madrid next 19th and 20th February 2014. During the Final Conference, the outcomes of the project will be presented including the findings of the workshops as well as the set of recommendations regarding all Framework Conditions developed in the project. Special attention will be given to explain the relationships between recommendations for the different FC. Prior to the conference, a reference guide to include FC in JPIs will be prepared and will be presented during the conference. Parallel sessions will be held to jointly work on establishing new procedures to be applied to Framework Conditions.

Registration is already open until next 14th February.

In order to participate, please register using the following link.

ERA-LEARN to host workshop on joint call implementation for ERA-NET, ERA-NET Plus and JPIs 16/12/2013

The ERA-LEARN team is hosting a training workshop 8-9 January 2014 for ERA-NETs, JPIs and other ERA initiatives. The workshop will focus on implementing joint calls, including

  • Scope of call, timing, motivation and commitment of participants;
  • Call marketing and supporting documentation & IT support for marketing, submission and evaluation;
  • Evaluation and funding decision: principles, procedures, time-line in detail;
  • Funding modes and principles, monitoring & reporting

ERA-LEARN newsletter Vol. 6 released 16/12/2013

The sixth issue of the ERA-LEARN newsletter was published 16 December. The newsletter features latest news and information on:

  • ERA-NET Cofund under Horizon 2020 - the principles;
  • Topics in the Work Programme 2014/2015;
  • Synergies between Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF);
  • Article 185 status report;
  • Infoday on ERA-NET Cofund – 16 January 2014, Brussels;
  • Upcoming annual survey on ERA-NET and JPIs calls;
  • Commission launches Pilot on "Synchronised Call Initiatives";
  • Workshop on the implementation of Joint Calls

The newsletter is available for download from this link.

Registration for future issues of the newsletter can be done here (

New section on P2P in Horizon 2020 available 16/12/2013

The ERA-LEARN toolbox provides a new section on Public-Public-Partnerships (P2P) under Horizon 2020, including background information on the ERA-NET Cofund scheme, the call topics for ERA-NETs and CSAs related to JPIs in the work programmes 2014/2015, and some practical information.

You find it here:

Joint Programming Conference 2013 02/04/2013

Under the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Joint Programming Conference 2013 was held in Dublin Castle, Ireland, on the 28th of February and 1st of March. Among the themes discussed were: the role of Joint Programming as a response to global societal challenges; the capacities of countries and regions to participate in JPIs; effective synergies between the JPIs and Horizon 2020; and furthering the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of JPIs. The presentations are available at:

NETWATCH Mapping and Monitoring (Second and Third Exercises) published 14/02/2013

The work presented in this report is based on mapping exercises providing a descriptive analysis of the networks included in the NETWATCH database (i.e. active ERA-NETs, ERA-NET Plus, Article 169/185s and self-sustaining networks). Building on previous reports, with the addition of a time dimension, through periodic collection and analysis of network data, the report monitors the landscape of schemes and provides an analysis of key aspects of the evolution of research programme cooperation within Europe. These findings aim to support policy makers to make informed decisions on the future design and implementation of related initiatives.

Click here to download the document.

ERA-LEARN to host workshop addressing the needs of the mature trans-national coordination community 24/01/2013

The ERA-LEARN Coordination Action is a systematic investigation of trans-national coordination of research experiences and acquired know-how. It identifies good practice and has developed a set of recommended procedures for policymakers, the ERA-NET community and more recently, for those involved in Joint Programming. The ERA-LEARN Team will host a workshop associated with the Joint Programming Conference 2013 under the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, hosted by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) with support from the European Commission at Dublin Castle, Dublin, IRELAND on the 28th of February 2013.

The workshop will focus on the needs of the mature trans-national coordination community i.e. those involved in long-standing collaborations, which may be funded through FP6 and/or FP7 mechanisms or may be self-sustained. It will consider routes to continuation with a particular focus on key questions:

  • What was the rationale for selection of the route to sustainability?
  • What were/are the primary success factors for sustained activities?
  • What were/are the main issues and obstacles encountered by this community?

Aspects to be addressed will include e.g. changes in network membership; management approaches; breadth of activity achievable when self-sustained; changes in research focus; and call frequency.

The workshop is by invitation only. Invitees will include representatives of up to 10 ERA-NET (ERA-NET Plus) networks, 10 self-sustained networks and members of the ERA-LEARN and NETWATCH Teams. It is anticipated that the findings of the workshop, and any emerging tools for future use by the community, will be reported as part of the ERA-LEARN toolbox on NETWATCH. See the section contents for further details.

Second Workshop of the Project JPIs TO CO-WORK 20/11/2012

Second workshop organised by JPIs TO CO-WORK on "Framework Conditions of Joint Programming Initiatives - Governance and Evaluation" will be held on 18-19 December 2012, in Warsaw.

Workshop invitation

For more information, please visit

NETWATCH Policy Brief No.2 Published 18/09/2012

The second policy brief in the NETWATCH series has been published entitled ''Challenges in transnational research programming: the role of NETWATCH''.

For Europe to meet the dual objectives of increased competitiveness and addressing societal challenges, joining efforts at all levels in Research and Innovation is high on the policy agenda. The EU can play a role in fostering and facilitating increased collaboration. The NETWATCH information platform on transnational collaboration is among the tools available to support this role. This brief explores the current use and future potential of NETWATCH and other related platforms in guiding and monitoring transnational R&I programming towards increased societal impact and competitiveness. It proposes ways to make better use of existing data, as well as avenues for future development.

The first policy brief in the series, ''ERA-NETs and the realisation of ERA: increasing cooperation and reducing fragmentation'', is also available on the NETWATCH Policy Briefs page.

Challenges in transnational research programming: the role of NETWATCH

Event "The future ERA-NET instrument under Horizon 2020" 14/06/2012

The event is dedicated to the future ERA-NET instrument under Horizon 2020 and allowed a broad discussion between research funders, ministries, ERA-NETs, JPIs coordinators etc. to define user requirements and discuss possible implementation modalities. All documents and presentations are now online!

Click here to view the event

Commission report on the interim evaluation of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) 19/04/2012

On 16 April, the Commission adopted its report assessing the achievements of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP), an initiative started 3 years ago. Since 2009 metrology research in Europe is jointly addressed, financed and investigated between 22 European countries and the EU in a joint programme, implemented by EURAMET e.V. The Commission was supported during this evaluation by an independent expert panel chaired by Ms. Pia Locatelli, former Member of the European Parliament.

It is almost impossible to describe anything people do without referring to measures. In Europe we measure and weigh at a cost equivalent to 6% of our Gross National Product. Metrology (the science of measurement) has become integral part of our daily life, without us realizing it. Police speed traps affect our humour and our private economies if we are too fast. The quantity of active substances in medicine, blood samples, and the effect of the surgeon's laser must also be absolutely precise; otherwise we may risk our life. We are all permanently affected by measurements around us.

Operating solely independent national metrology activities as a way to address European citizens' needs had reached its limits. A single European initiative like EMRP was urgently needed. Today the Commission concludes that EMRP has fundamentally changed this situation. It has performed well to most of its initial objectives in what concerns nearly 85% of its total financial resources (400 million€), namely the pooling of excellence in metrology research. In relation to capacity building, interaction with the wider scientific community and mobility of researchers' further progress is expected in the remaining years of the programme.

The Commission shares the expert panel view, that the EMRP is a well managed and progressively more and more integrated European programme. It has transformed a specialised and fragmented community into a successful public-public partnership confirming the advantages of the European Research Area.

The Commission will therefore continue to support the current programme as foreseen in the Decision from 2009 between European Parliament and Council.


Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the Interim Evaluation of the European Metrology Research Programme - EMRP

Interim Evaluation of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) - Expert Panel Report

ERA-LEARN Newsletter Vol.2 (March 2012) 21/03/2012

The second ever ERA-LEARN newsletter provides updates on ERA-LEARN and ERA-NET activities. ERA-LEARN continue to facilitate the exchange of ideas and good practice between ERA-NETs. This newsletter contains information on the ERA-LEARN workshops held in November 2011. It also contains news on newly funded ERA-NETs, the PLATFORM project, and Horizon 2020 developments.

Click here to view the newsletter

User Satisfaction: Survey on the Utility and user friendliness of NETWATCH 24/11/2011

To assist NETWATCH in providing an enhanced service we have launched a user satisfaction survey. This is open to everyone and should only take 5 minutes to complete. We encourage interested parties to complete the survey to help us understand what the user community requires.

Annual Joint Programming Event 2011 09/11/2011

The conference has become the major event for research funders and offered opportunities to discuss the latest policy thinking as regards Joint Programming of research and innovation in Europe and Public to Public Partnerships in general. The 2-day conference integrated the former "Annual ERA-NET events" and was targeted at policy makers and research funders in Europe, as well as related stakeholders.


Strategy Workshop - Innovation Union: Joint Programming and its instruments 07/04/2011

The "Strategy Workshop - Innovation Union: Joint Programming and its instruments" was targeted at major research funder in Europe in order to provide input to the current debate on the future EU research and innovation funding approach.


Workshop in Berlin for ERA-NET coordinators about "Implementing ERA-NETs" 27/01/2011

The workshop "Implementing ERA-NETs" is designed as a training session targeted at current and future ERA-NET coordinators and core partners of the consortia (work package leaders). It will take place in Berlin on the 16 and 17 March 2011. The draft agenda can be found in the following document:

Draft agenda workshop "Implementing ERA-NETs"

The wokshop is organised under the umbrella of the ERA-NET Learning Platform by its support action ERA-LEARN. The tools and manuals have been produced by and for the ERA-NET community.

The training will provide hands-on experience that will give support in coordinating your ERA-NET and implementing joint activities, in particular joint calls. The participation is free of charge. Coordinators and core partners of the consortia can participate and use the following link for registration:

Registrations will be confirmed within 48 hours and are subject to availability of places.

Note that participants have to make their own travel arrangements. The organisers will provide hotel recommendations close to the workshop location together with the registration.

Please feel free to contact the organisers directly in case of any questions:

Günter Külzhammer
VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Senior Consultant Innovation Europe
Steinplatz 1
D-10623 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 310078-180
Fax +49 30 310078-225

All EU countries highly involved in fostering public transnational R&D 21/01/2011

All EU Member States are highly involved in the ERA-NET scheme, the EU main initiative for fostering transnational R&D collaboration. This is the main finding of the report "Mapping ERA-NETs across Europe: overview of the ERA-NET scheme and its results", published today by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). ERA-NET facilitates ministries and public research agencies working together to coordinate research policies and to develop joint calls and research programmes.

ERA-NET can be divided into 'ERA-NET actions' that provide a framework for actors implementing public research programmes to coordinate their activities and '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.

A total of 51 countries, EU Member States, associated countries to the EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development and third countries, currently participate. This represents a 27% increase compared to 2008. France and Germany are the leading participants, although the report highlights the significant involvement of a group of smaller countries: Austria, Finland, The Netherlands and Belgium. Among associated countries, the most active are Turkey, Norway, Switzerland and Israel.

The full JRC Press Release is available at:

Mapping ERA-NETs across Europe: overview of the ERA-NET scheme and its results:

On-line survey for analysis of Critical Mass 24/11/2010

An on-line survey has just been launched to analyse the Critical Mass of Public Research, in accordance with the research project "On the Critical Mass of Public Research and Development Programmes – A potential driver of joint programmes" funded by the Directorate General of Research of the European Commission, Directorate B - ERA: research programmes and capacity, Political analysis and forward analysis Unit.

The purpose of this survey is to obtain better insight on the process in which Critical Mass of Public Research should be achieved. The area of investigation is the ERA-NET scheme and the survey is to address FP6 ERA-NETs' coordinators and participants. The survey's aims are synergic with those of the NETWATCH platform.

Your involvement in the survey is greatly appreciated. You can retrieve your credentials by clicking here. For further information, you can contact:

The project is carried out by the Consortium composed of the FORMIT Foundation (Fondazione per la Ricerca sulla Migrazione e Integrazione delle Tecnologie), BETA (Bureau d'Economie Theorique et Applique of the University of Strasbourg) and Fraunhofer ISI (Institut fuer System- und Innovationsforschung).


Nordic R&D collaboration at EU level 25/10/2010

The report "Nordic R&D collaboration at EU level" prepared by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC-IPTS) as part of the NORDERA Project (Lessons Learnt from Nordic Coordination in the Context of ERA) is now available at

The focus of the report is on the scope and intensity of Nordic research and innovation collaboration in recent policy initiatives at European level involving public sector policy actors (e.g. ministries and funding agencies) at EU and national levels in the formulation of strategic R&D agendas. It analyses Nordic participation in the ERA-NET scheme, Article 169 projects (Article 185 of the Lisbon Treaty), Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs), European Technology Platforms (ETPs) and related Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs).

ERA-NET call 2011 of the Commission 27/07/2010

€ 44,6 million has been earmarked for the coordinated ERA-NET call 2011 (look for "information package") for 19 ERA-NET and ERA-NET Plus topics in the fields of "Health", "Food, Agriculture and Fisheries", "Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies", "Energy", "Transport", "Socio-economic sciences and Humanities", and "Horizontal support action".

The cross-thematic call with will include in addition to also centrally-managed Horizontal Support Actions, looking at refining European-level guidelines applicable to transnational R&D programme collaboration and promoting their acceptance in the context of Joint Programming.

In addition, ERA-NET topics have been published as parts of other calls in the areas of ICT, security and infrastructures. The Annex 4 in the Cooperation Work Programme 2011 - General Annexes (pages 17-23) provides the overview on all topics. Please refer to the individual Work Programmes for the details of the call text.

Joint Calls list updated 16/07/2010

The list of joint calls has been updated. Currently it includes eleven new joint calls, with six of them in their "open for proposals" stage. As usual, they can be accessed in the Joint Call Calendar.

Annual ERA-NET event 2010 26/03/2010

The Annual ERA-NET event 2010 took place on the 23rd and 24th of March in Brussels. With around 230 participants the aim to bring new and old stakeholders together was fully reached. They were kept abreast of the latest policy thinking, reviewed the progress in the development of the platform, and contributed their views on future activities.

NETWATCH latest developments and the ERA-LEARN toolbox were presented and a lot of very useful feedback was gathered, which will influence their continued development.

A report on the whole event, and all the slides of the presentations and workshops can be found in the events section.

The pictures of the event have been taken with the consent of the participants. They are for personal use only.

Visit the Mutual Learning Toolbox 15/02/2010

If you are looking for hands-on help for the planning of Joint Calls and evaluation criteria for internal review of ERA-NET participation, you will find it here.

The project ERA-LEARN has elaborated a Toolbox with a manual for implementing Joint Calls, including all necessary checklists and templates.

For the internal review of the ERA-NET participation you can find all necessary tools to facilitate a structured and standardised assessment of your ERA-NET participation as part of the overall strategies of the participating organisations.

Continuation after the ERA-NET phase 21/07/2009

The SNOWMAN ERA-NET contract with the European Commission ended on 30 June 2009. SNOWMAN focuses on sustainable management of soil and groundwater under the pressure of soil contamination.

Starting in July 2009 SNOWMAN is continuing as a self-maintained research funding network, based on the experience, documents and lessons learned during the ERA-NET period. The SNOWMAN Network plans to integrate new funders into the network, implement the SNOWMAN Research Programme via transnational calls, and disseminate research results.

NETWATCH is ready to support transnational R&D programme collaboration upon their request if they agree to collaborate.

More information about SNOWMAN can be found at:

Joint Call Calendar now available 25/03/2009

The Joint Call Calendar is the first result of ERA-LEARN, a project commissioned by DG RTD-B1 under the ERA-NET Learning Platform initiative. The Joint Call Calendar will be continuously updated and offers easy links to the ERA-NETs and national programmes that are responsible for launching the calls.

ERA-LEARN will create more examples to support programme actors and researchers in getting the best out of transnational R&D programme collaboration. The NETWATCH platform will serve as the front end of these activities and provide access to the results under its 'Learning Platform' section.