What are R&I Partnerships?

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15 Years of European Public-Public Partnerships in Research & Innovation

Last Change: 13/11/2017
Publisher: ERA-LEARN

In their 15-year course Public-Public Partnerships (P2Ps) have managed to mobilise and connect substantive resources across Europe.

In their 15-year course Public-Public Partnerships (P2Ps) have managed to mobilise and connect substantive resources across Europe. A great deal has been achieved especially in terms of enhancing transnational collaboration of research and mobilising national and European investments in jointly dealing with common challenges. This report gives an overview on P2Ps in the ERA landscape, their achievements and challenges.

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Category: Report

3rd Annual Report on Public-Public Partnerships

Last Change: 03/11/2017
Publisher: ERA-LEARN

The 3 rd Annual Report on Public-Public Partnerships (P2Ps) that has been prepared by the ERA-LEARN 2020 project team using data provided by the P2P networks.

The 3rd Annual Report on Public-Public Partnerships (P2Ps) that has been prepared by the ERA-LEARN 2020 project team using data provided by the P2P networks. It starts with an overview of developments over the 12 month period from July 2016 to June 2017. It then summarises the current position and cumulative investment in P2P joint calls since FP6 followed by a specific section on the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Cofund instrument. Available data on planned investment for the second half of 2017 and beyond is also included. The report concludes with short summaries of other analytical work carried out by ERA-LEARN 2020 over the past year.

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Category: Report
Related documents:
2nd Annual Report on P2P Partnerships (2016), 1st Annual Report on P2P Partnerships (2015)

Research and innovation partnerships have been introduced into the European R&I landscape following the Lisbon strategy with the aim to develop the European Research Area (ERA). These partnerships were originally designed and have been further developed to overcome the fragmentation in the R&I landscape, to avoid duplication of efforts, to address economic crisis, competitiveness and innovation.

Over the past years there has been a proliferation of instruments and initiatives oriented towards coordination, collaboration, and even alignment of national strategies and programmes in further developing the ERA and tackling societal challenges while also strengthening European competitiveness. 

They span from Member State-led initiatives to instruments strongly supported by the European Commission and Horizon 2020, or from partnerships among public agencies to alliances between the public and private sectors. 

In general, the approach has been to launch new partnership instruments while maintaining the existing ones, which has resulted in a rather complex landscape of sometimes overlapping instruments.

Among these, Public-Public Partnerships (P2P) are a main category and the main target group of ERA-LEARN. They comprise Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs), Art. 185 initiatives, ERA-NETs, and European Joint Programmes (EJPs). P2P play an increasing role at the cutting edge of European and national research activities.

Another main category are the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), comprising the Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) and the so-called contractual Public Private Partnerships (cPPP), involving industry, the research community and public authorities.

This website also provides information on other relevant partnerships and instruments.

More information is available here.