ERA-LEARN is a support platform for the R&I partnership community, funded as a support action (CSA) by Horizon 2020. The project is a 4-year initiative (2018-2022), following up on its predecessor ERA-LEARN 2020. On behalf of the European Commission, ERA-LEARN operates a unique database of partnership initiatives, their calls and funded projects and provides studies and analyses on thematic clustering, internationalization, alignment and much more.

ERA-LEARN is coordinated by an international consortium which is supported by an Advisory Board.

The specific objectives of ERA-LEARN are:

  • increase the visibility of ERA-LEARN by intensifying the close interaction of ERA-LEARN with the R&I partnership community to make it more user-friendly and attractive to the partnership community;
  • increase the relevance by applying a more thematic approach in tackling the issues and challenges identified by partnership initiatives;
  • support partnerships with evidence in view of the next EU Framework Programme;
  • support impact assessments by offering trainings and real, full scale pilot assessment exercises as well as special tool-kits to provide guidance and advice addressing also the development of key performance indicators (KPIs);
  • identify and spread good practise for specific common challenges such as widening of participation and inclusiveness of less research intensive countries, internationalisation of partnership initiatives, reaching out to industry and innovation;
  • engage the R&I partnership community in a dialogue with other stakeholders or initiatives such as Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs);
  • facilitate the identification and handling of emerging issues in relation to partnership strategic development, operation and performance;
  • closer interaction of ERA-LEARN with the partnership initiatives community.

The Consortium

ERA-LEARN has a strong background in practical operation of R&I partnerships through the diverse involvements in ERA-NETs, JPIs and Art.185 initiatives. The consortium members are complementary to each other through their specific roles as national ministries, national funding agencies, and specialists for analysis and policy research and through their activities in the context of stakeholder groups such as the GPC. Representing a wide range of the main partnership stakeholders, the ERA-LEARN consortium is therefore perfectly suited to respond to user needs. The consortium has close links to the business community and to policy makers. Public relation expertise is strongly represented in the consortium.

The consortium consists of 6 funding organisations and 4 organisations specialising in analysis. All partners have already been involved in the previous ERA-LEARN 2020 project.




Main project contact


Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

Roland Brandenburg, Ursula Bodisch, Josef Säckl, Ralf König


Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Michael Dinges, Susanne Meyer, Anja Köngeter, Anna Wang


Academy of Finland (AKA)

Hannele Lahtinen, Sirpa Nuotio


German Aerospace Center – DLR Project Management Agency (DLR)

Christiane Wehle, Hubert Misslisch


VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (VDI/VDE-IT)

Ben Kummer, Marcel Wöhrmann, Peter Hahn, Michael Nerger


Research and Innovation Policy Analyst

Effie Amanatidou


Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR)

National Research Council (CNR)

Maria Bianco, Chiara Gliozzi

Claudia Abatecola


Research Council of Norway (RCN)

Jan-Arne Eilertsen, Sverre Sogge


Narodowe Centrum Nauki (NCN)

Malwina Gębalska, Justyna Woźniakowska

United Kingdom


Angus Hunter, Hayley Welsh, Katrina Watson

United Kingdom

Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (UNIMAN)

Kate Barker, Deborah Cox, Chiara Marzocchi, Dimitri Gagliardi