Accessibility Statement

ERA-LEARN is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Web-Zugänglichkeits-Gesetz (WZG, Web Accessibility Act, BGBl. I. Nr. 59/2019 idgF).

This Accessibility Statement applies to the website .

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with Conformance Level AA of the “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – WCAG 2.1”, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content 

The contents listed below are not accessible for the following reasons:

  1. Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

    • Success Criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content):
      Some buttons are labelled incorrectly (e.g. the search button on the landing page).
      The plus symbol on the “Explore Partnership” page is not connected correctly with its label “Show more filter options”.
      Some images are missing a (correct) alternative text, e.g. the logo on the landing page.
      Diagrams like in the “Fats & Figures” page as well as the “Joint Calls Calendar” are not accessible for all users.
      The calendar widget on the “Submit a call” page is not accessible for screen reader users using NVDA and Firefox – it works with Chrome.
    • Success Criterion 1.2.5 (Audio Description (Prerecorded)):
      Our ERA-LEARN video recordings are hosted and published on YouTube. At this stage it is not possible to add audio descriptions on YouTube.
    • Success Criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships):
      The main navigation is not programmatically marked up as such.
      A number of sub-pages have banners with text which is visually presented as a heading but not marked up as such. s
      The heading structure is not correct on some sub-pages and some headings are not marked up as such.
      Table headers are not correctly marked up as such.
      Some interactive components are not correctly marked up as such (e.g. the plus symbol on the “Explore Partnership”).
      On the “Documents” and “News” page the information on the found documents and the news-teasers are not programmatically grouped.
    • Success Criterion 1.3.5 (Identify Input Purpose):
      Autocomplete attributes are not set correctly on the “Submit accessibility issues” page and the newsletter registration.
    • Success Criterion 1.4.1 (Use of Color):
      Keyboard focus is only conveyed through color in many cases (e.g. the main navigation, most buttons etc.).
      In diagrams and some maps only color is used to link the key to the diagram or map.
      On the “News” page the selected time period is only marked by color. On the “Sitemap” page the word “Home” is not discernible as link.
    • Success Criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast (Minimum)):
      The light blue text does not have sufficient contrast to the yellow background (e.g. on the pages “General Information”, “Candidates” etc.).
      On the page “Partnerships” and the page “Joints Call Calendar” the contrast between the red text and the background is too low.
      On the page “Thematic clustering of ERA partnerships” the contrast between the text of some table headers and the background is too low.
      On the page “Submit a Call” the contrast of the text of the “Cancel”-Button and the background is too low.
      On the page “Submit accessibility issues” the contrast between the red text of the error messages and the background is too low.
    • Success Criterion 1.4.10 (Reflow):
      In the mobile view, some elements of the main navigation cannot be reached. Moreover, the elements of the navigation are at the end of the tab order. Menu elements which can be expanded are not discernible for screen reader users as such. The search modal is hard to reach by keyboard because the focus is not limited to the modal and it is at the end of the tab order. The button in the search modal is not labelled.
    • Success Criterion 1.4.11 (Non-text Contrast):
      On the page “Thematic clustering of ERA partnerships” the contrast between some of the colors of the segments and the background is too low.
      On the page “Joint Calls Calendar” the contrast between “Full proposal submission” and “evaluation period” is too low.
    • Success Criterion 1.4.13 (Content on Hover or Focus): In the secondary navigation it is not possible to close the mega-menu via keyboard without navigating to a sub-page.
    • Success Criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard):
      The carousel on the landing page is not keyboard navigable.
      Most diagrams are no keyboard navigable.
      On the page “Thematic clustering of ERA partnerships” the segments of the diagram in “Chart View” cannot be selected via keyboard. Moreover, the information provided via pop-ups is not accessible for keyboard users. The “Timeline view” is not accessible for keyboard and screen reader users.
      On the page “Joint Calls Calendar” the pop-ups activated via mouse-over are not accessible for keyboard.
      The calendar widget on the page “Submit a call” is not accessible, it is not possible to select days via keyboard.
    • Success Criterion 2.4.1 (Bypass Blocks):
      The website does not provide a mechanism to bypass blocks (e.g. skip links).
    • Success Criterion 2.4.3 (Focus Order):
      On the page “Partnerships” the focus does not jump directly to the filter options when “Show more filter options” is selected.
    • Success Criterion 2.4.7 (Focus Visible):
      On many elements of the website the focus is not visible when the element is selected by keyboard.
    • Success Criterion 3.2.2 (On Input):
      On the page “Countries” the focus jumps to the beginning of the page when one of the “toggle map” buttons is selected via keyboard.
      On the page “Thematic clustering of ERA partnerships” the focus jumps to the beginning of the page when a “Thematic Area” is selected.
      On the “Documents” page the keyboard focus is lost when the button “Filter” is selected.
    • Success Criterion 3.2.4 (Consistent Identification):
      Page title, link to the page and heading are not always matching in a comprehensible way.
    • Success Criterion 3.3.1 (Error Identification):
      There is no mechanism to communicate errors effectively to screen reader users on the page “Submit a Call”.
    • Success Criterion 3.3.2 (Labels or Instructions):
      On the page “Partnerships” at “Additional countries participating”: the meaning of the different arrows is not conveyed properly for all users because they are not labelled in an informative way.
    • Success Criterion 3.3.3 (Error Suggestion):
      On the page “Submit a call” it is not checked if a correct e-mail-address has been entered.
    • Success Criterion 4.1.1 (Parsing):
      Some parsing errors are present (e.g. duplicate IDs).
    • Success Criterion 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value):
      On the page “Thematic clustering of ERA partnerships” there is no information for screen reader users if they selected “Chart View”, “Timeline View” or “Table View”.
      On the “News” page there is no information for screen reader users which time period is selected.
    • ERA-LEARN documents
      Mostly older PDF and Office documents are not barrier-free. For example, PDF documents are not tagged so that screen reader users cannot or only insufficiently capture and use them. We plan to make our older PDF or downloads barrier-free when we are updating the files.
    • ERA-LEARN Charts
      Download of data is not possible. We are currently working on that.

  2. Content is not within the scope of the applicable legislation

    Third-party content, such as presentation materials from external lecturers at ERA-LEARN events or documents of the European Commission, which are not within FFG's sphere of influence. This content is excluded from Web-Zugänglichkeits-Gesetz.

    There are videos embedded, which have been published before September 23, 2020. These videos are excluded from Web-Zugänglichkeits-Gesetz.

    Should you need non-accessible content in an accessible format, please contact We will try to provide the content in an alternative format.

    Preparation of this Accessibility Statement

    This statement was prepared on October 23, 2020.
    The statement was prepared based on an assessment carried out by a third party.
    The statement was last reviewed on October 23, 2020.

    Feedback and contact details

    If you experience any problems that make it difficult for you to access and use our website – i.e. problems and/or deficiencies with regard to compliance with accessibility requirements – please notify us by email.

    Austrian Reseach Promotion Agency (FFG)

    We will review your comments and take the necessary steps.

    Enforcement procedure

    If the response from the above contact is not satisfactory, you may file a complaint with the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). The FFG accepts complaints filed online via the electronic contact form.

    Contact form (German)

    The FFG will examine whether the complaint relates to violations of the Web-Zugänglichkeits-Gesetz (WZG), particularly to failure on the part of the federal government or associated institutions to comply with the accessibility requirements.

    If the complaint is justified, the FFG will make recommendations for action to the federal government or the legal entities concerned and propose measures designed to remedy the problem.

    Further information on the enforcement procedure (German)