Good Practices

Some P2Ps have been especially successful in reaching their goals and in making considerable impacts on e.g. science, industry or the general society. Several of these examples are illustrated below without claiming completeness. ERA-LEARN provides several other good practice examples on the pages on Joint Activities and Good Practice Examples on Alignment.


BiodivERsA, now in its third phase (2015-2019), addresses the need to develop science-based approaches to better preserve and sustainably use biodiversity and to develop nature-based solutions while promoting European innovation and competitiveness. BiodivERsA presents a series of impacts starting with enduring connectivity i.e. long-standing cooperation of the partners since 2005 and increased numbers of participating countries and partners from 13 and 20 at the outset to 19 and 32 in 2015. With almost regular annual calls since 2008 BiodivERsA has managed to spend a total of € 80 m in cash (€ 134 m in cash and in kind). Capacity building among the network partners receives high attention through staff exchanges and special activities for the successful integration of new partners and ‘low performing countries’. This network also presented attitudinal and conceptual impacts, i.e. from dealing with threats to biodiversity, they turned to finding opportunities for biodiversity and nature-based solutions by escaping the linear model of basic – applied research and applying a multi-stakeholder approach that helped bridge the gap across the different views on biodiversity.


BONUS is an important case of P2P impacts on policy and regulation in the battle against overfishing and for the sustainability of the Baltic Sea fish populations. As an example, BONUS fisheries projects InSPIRE and GOHERR are actively supporting the process of providing scientific information, to define total allowable catch and maximum sustainable yield of fish population in the Baltic Sea by collecting data on 19 indicators. During their first years of implementation the two projects reported 12 contributions to the development and implementation of fisheries regulations, policies and management practices, 14 suggestions for designing, implementing and evaluating the efficacy of fisheries related policies and governance and 183 participations in stakeholder committees related to fisheries. Scientific contributions from BONUS projects helped to provide advice to the European Commission on implementing the EU Common Fisheries Policy, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas, as well as to the relevant Danish, Estonian, Polish and Swedish ministries.


In E-Rare, since 2007, the participation of funders in joint transnational calls has increased from 6 to 23 funding agencies. For 70% of the funders, E-Rare is the unique programme to finance Rare Disease (RD) research. E-Rare invested 98 M € in 9 calls to finance 117 transnational consortia. The publication output of the funded projects results in an outstanding publication record with average impact factor of 9.5. Hundreds of new genes were identified, new diagnostics protocols and guidelines established and three patents filed. E-Rare has also remarkable results on the internationalisation front by involving several international partners (CA, JP, USA).


The overall objective of ECO-INNOVERA is to promote the development and implementation of eco-innovation in Europe through different activities including pooling Europe’s most relevant research and innovation programmes on eco-innovation and developing and operating a common, networking, and funding platform of relevant research activities. Twelve projects were funded until now with various national and European wide impacts including patented outputs. Apart from tangible impacts, ECO-INNOVERA also contributed to establishing a common understanding about systemic eco-innovation among the 25 partners/collaborators, which can lead to policy development for a paradigm change in the environment sector.


The first programme of EDCTP that ran from 2003 to 2015 launched 65 calls for proposals, received 789 applications and awarded 254 grants with a total budget of € 208 Mio. In addition € 170 Mio cofunding (cash and in-kind) was provided directly to the EDCTP projects, bringing the total project value to € 378 Mio. The projects enabled 102 clinical trials in a number of diseases (HIV/TB, tuberculosis, HIV, malaria). More than 700 peer-reviewed publications have resulted from EDCTP projects, including findings that have influenced national and international policies and guidelines, while more than 3400 posts were supported (90% based in Africa). More than € 154 Mio (74.2%) of EDCTP grant funding was awarded to African participants and more than 70% of the 254 EDCTP projects were led by an African coordinator. EDCTP is a special partnership enabling access to the EU research communities which is highly appreciated by non-EU partners. EDCTP includes 14 African countries in addition to the European countries’ members.


The first objective set in the legislation for EMPIR is "at least € 400 m of European turnover from new or significantly improved products and services that can be attributed to the research activities of EMPIR and its predecessors". So far, from the 25 projects selected in 2009 and 2010 we have identified 109 M € of European turnover from new or significantly improved products and services that can be attributed to the research activities. As an example of the impact of the research supported by EMPIR on the energy sector, the Impact on Energy Report demostrates that early impacts in the form of innovative products and services have generated sales of € 9 M to date. EMRP/EMPIR also contributed to 17 published and 103 draft standards.


ERACoBioTech, an ERA-NET Cofund Action supported under H2020, is joining three previous ERA-NETs in the area of biotechnologies, i.e. ERA SynBio, ERA IB and ERA Sys App. As an example of impact the SysMilk project was presented that was supported under the first call for proposals of the ERA Sys App. This project brought together leading academic and industrial partners, gave access to state of the art technologies in both academia and industry. The research carried out enabled the production of GMO-free personalised kefir which led to an estimated 15% growth rate in Chr. Hansen company, a global market leader in dairy ingredients that took up the results.


EUROSTARS publishes success stories showcasing the different types of impacts achieved. Such a case is Mendeley. The well-known Mendeley service started from the MAKIN'IT project that produced free software to manage and share research papers, coupled with a social media-type website, connecting like-minded researchers. Eurostars helped to bring more knowledge and funding into the company. Other investors included the former executive chairman of, the founding engineers of Skype, and the former Head of Digital Strategy at Warner Music Group. Mendeley was eventually sold to Elsevier in 2013 for up to $ 100 m.


FACCE-JPI aims to serve three broad aims: 1. Improve the alignment of national and European research programmes (Short Term), 2. Increase high quality transnational research activities within food security, agriculture and climate change (Medium Term), 3. Improve the societal impact on the challenge of food security, agriculture and climate change (Long Term). FACCE introduced and implemented the concept of ‘knowledge hub’ which proved a success and was consequently replicated in a number of other P2Ps. The MACSUR Knowledge Hub successfully created a network of 300 researchers from 70 institutions originating from 18 countries and has generated significant new knowledge and fed into policy discussions. MACSUR has also performed capacity building and awareness raising around the issues examined. In addition, currently FACCE is developing a National Communication Contact network, while also finalising a Communication and Valorisation strategy that aims to increase FACCE’s impact on four main interrelated EU policies: bio-economy, food and nutrition security, climate, and the Common Agricultural Policy.


In JPI AMR 20 participating states have developed national plans for anti-microbial resistance whereas there were only 2 at the beginning of the initiative in 2011. New AMR national research programmes were set up with earmarked funding as in the case of Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, while the development of the JPI AMR strategic research agenda influenced the national agendas of Sweden and Spain. JPIAMR has also achieved some policy-related impact at global level. It was cited within the framework of the AMR global action plan of the World Health Organisation to develop a global research agenda as well as in relevant statements of the G7. This has resulted in non-EU countries showing interest in becoming members of JPI AMR such as Japan, Argentina, and South Africa.

JPI Climate

JPI Climate aims to connect research, performers and funders across Europe and also internationally to promote the creation of new knowledge in the natural and anthropogenic climate change domain that is fundamental and relevant for decision support. The work of JPI Climate’s Working Group on Climate Services (CS) was crucial in building a European CS community and framing the research needs in CS. Members of JPI Climate were invited to take part in the Expert Group established by the European Commission (EC) to propose a European Research and Innovation Roadmap for Climate Services that is used for the definition of future actions promoted by the EC. To facilitate the implementation of its programme the ERA-NET Cofund Action “European Research Area for Climate Services” (ERA4CS) was formed. ERA4CS involves a large network of 15 public Research Funding Organisations (RFOs) and 30 Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) from 18 European countries. In March 2016, the ERA4CS partners launched a large joint call with a total budget of € 72 million supporting three-year research projects involving at least three countries.

JPI Cultural Heritage

The focus of the JPI Cultural Heritage (CH) is to build a common European Research Area on Cultural Heritage and the most important impact sought is to implement the comprehensive ERA on tangible, intangible and digital Cultural Heritage. Until now JPI CH - bringing together Ministries and Agencies from 19 Countries (+ 8 Observers) - has launched two calls (2013-2014) of a total budget of € 13 m under which 26 proposals were funded involving a variety of organisations. The number of submitted proposals however was much higher and increased from 89 to 352 proposals in the second call thus denoting an increasing interest in the areas addressed. JPI CH aspires to achieve impacts in various areas such as environmental impact on the preservation of the environment, as well as economic impact (on tourism industry, job creation, European competitiveness etc.) and social impact (preservation of the European identity, etc.).


The M-ERA.NET project, which deals with material science and engineering, presents a successful case for establishing international cooperation beyond the EU. Back in 2012 there were only a few examples of networks with international partners from outside Europe and very little experience with respect to implementing joint calls and other joint activities with large scale budgets. M-ERA.NET had the mandate to explore options for international cooperation. The results of the respective activities were to ensure participation of Taiwan, Russia, South Korea, Brazil and South Africa in a number of M-ERA.NET calls and increase the number of submitted participations of international partners from 16 in 2012 to 48 in 2016. The total funding for projects with international partners reached the amount of 8.2 mio € (international partners: 2.9 mio €) out of a total funding of 70.0 mio € for all projects in 2012-2015.


MANUNET is active in the field of advanced manufacturing. The network has launched 10 calls for proposals from 2007 with an average of 19 million euros per call. In total, 963 proposals were received involving more than 2500 SMEs. With a support of the EC of 4.2 M € the network has mobilized more than 211 M € of which more than 121 M € are national/regional public funding. A survey - sent to 1500 applicants and filled in by 464 - revealed that 75% of applicants had innovative results (especially in products, process and methods); 61% of respondents confirmed that the results had been commercialised; 47% of the project results commercialised had reached the market in a period of 2 years; 83% of project results led to in-house application or generated a follow-up project; 65% of beneficiaries increased their R&I expenses; 66% of beneficiaries increased their R&I personnel; 46% of the cases allowed the non-permanent personnel recruited during the project to get a permanent position; 41% of the respondents experimented an increase in turnover; 73% of the cases resulted in business opportunities; 87% of the respondents continue cooperating in different ways.

Water JPI

The Water JPI expected impacts are: 1. reaching effective, sustainable coordination of European water RDI through a multi-disciplinary approach (ecological, societal, economic, technological considerations), 2. involving water end-users for effective RDI results uptake, 3. harmonising national water RDI agendas in partner countries, and iv) supporting European leadership in science and technology. Ten key achievements have been reached to date within the Water JPI. The Water JPI membership has grown from 10 in 2013 to 22 in 2016 accounting for 88% of all European public RDI annual expenditure on water issues. In addition, there is high level of partner involvement in implementing joint transnational calls (from 11 in 2013 to 25 in 2016). Three calls have been launched in 2013, 2015 and 2016 while the call budget has been increasing from € 9.25 million in 2013, to € 25.5 million in 2016. The international cooperation dimension has also been address in Water JPI with Israel, Norway, the Republic of Moldova, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, Canada and Taiwan participating in the JPI.


WoodWisdom-Net has influenced regulation in the forest sector. A project supported by WoodWisdom-Net (WW-N) 2, called FireInTimber, which ran from 2007 to 2010, led to the very first European wide guideline on the fire safe use of wood in buildings. The new models developed were used as input for the next revision of the European standard for structural fire design of timber structures (EN1995-1-2). In addition, the project was acknowledged in terms of scientific excellence with the award of the Count Carl Bernadotte Forestry Prize (Sweden) to researcher Birgit Östman, the FireInTimber Coordinator. Other projects that achieved certain impacts include TES Energy-Façade (2008-2009) and the WW-Net follow-up projects smartTES (2010 -2013) as well as E2ReBuild (2011-2014). The results of the WWN projects led to the creation of a special renovation system (by Paroc Group Oy) that is used in retrofit projects in several European countries. In addition, Arbonaut Oy Ltd was able to develop new products and services and further improve its forest inventory service ArboLiDAR, a remote sensing technology for effective, efficient timberland management. These projects also received a number of excellence awards including the Schweighofer Preis 2011 and the European Innovation Award for the Forest Based Sector.