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Objectives

The objective of Community actions in this field is to help structure the European Research Area.

A first group of actions aims to reduce the fragmentation of the European Research Area resulting from the coexistence of several national and regional public research programmes by favouring actions supported together by several Member States and the Commission (such as joint calls, joint programmes, etc.).

Actions

ERA-NET

The objective of the ERA-NET scheme is to develop and strengthen the coordination of national and regional research programmes through two specific actions:

  • 'ERA-NET actions' - which provide a framework for actors implementing public research programmes to coordinate their activities. This will include support for new ERA-NETs as well as for the broadening and deepening of the scope of ERA-NET actions initiated through FP6, e.g. by extending their partnership, as well as opening mutually their programmes... read more
  • 'ERA-NET Plus actions'- In a limited number of cases with high European added value, additional EU financial support can be provided to facilitate joint calls for proposals between national and/or regional programmes... read more

Initiatives under Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) [ex Article 169 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (TEC)]

Here, the Community will participate in programmes implemented jointly by several Member States on the basis of Article 185 TFEU. This is especially relevant to European cooperation on a large scale in "variable geometry" between Member States showing overlapping interests and commitments. In well identified cases, such Article 185 TFEU initiatives will be launched in areas identified in close association with the Member States, including the possible cooperation with intergovernmental programmes, on the basis of the criteria defined in the Seventh Framework Programme decision... read more

Public research programmes only correspond to some 50% of research activities undertaken in the European Union.

Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs)

Framework Programme 7 will also support initiatives aiming at integrating private and public research efforts. For a very limited number of European Technology Platforms, the scope and ambition of their strategic research agendas and the resources involved justify setting up long-term public private partnerships in the form of Joint Technology Initiatives... read more


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The ERA-NET Scheme in the 2012 calls / workprogrammes

In 2012, ERA-NET Actions will be implemented via different topics.

Given the novelty of such Actions, consortia of programme owners and managers are encouraged to use a pre-proposal check service operated by the Commission.

Please note that the pre-proposal service for the cut-off date of 28 th February 2012 will remain open until 27 th January 2012.

Coordinated ERA-NET call

The FP7-ERANET-2012-RTD call covers six themes from the Cooperation workprogramme: 1) Energy; 2) Health; 3) Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology; 4) Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies; 5) Socio-economic sciences and Humanities; 6) Transport (including Aeronautics); as well as ERA-NET activities of a Horizontal nature or not directly linked to any of the Cooperation themes. Please see Table 1 and Table 2 below.

Indicative budgets and Topics (please note that the following is an extract only – refer to individual workprogrammes for exact details) :

A total of EUR 38.5 million is foreseen for this call and divided as follows:

  • Up to EUR 37.5 million 1 will be allocated by individual Themes in the Cooperation Work Programme to the ERA-NET and ERA-NET Plus topics detailed in Table 1 (Thematic part of the Call).
  • A further EUR 1 million 2 for horizontal support actions, funded pro-rata by all the Themes in the Cooperation Work Programme, as detailed in Table 2 (Horizontal part of the Call).
Table 1 – Overview of Thematic Activities and Topics in FP7-ERANET-2012–RTD

Funding Scheme: Coordination and Support Actions (Coordinating Actions)

Challenge/Activity/ Area

Topic identifier

TITLE

Indicative budget (EUR million)

INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

KBBE 2.1 Sustainable production and management of biological resources

KBBE.2012.1.2-08 ERA-NET Plus on Innovation in the forest-based sector for increasing resource efficiency and tackling climate change with competitive customer solutions 3 8.0

NMP 4.4 Integration of technologies for industrial applications

NMP.2012.4.0-3

KBBE 2.1 Sustainable production and management of biological resources

KBBE.2012.1.2-13

Strengthening cooperation in European research on sustainable exploitation of marine resources in the seafood chains - ERANET

2.0

KBBE 2.3 Life sciences, biotechnology and biochemistry for sustainable non-food products and processes

KBBE.2012.3.6-01

FERA-NET: Systems Biology

2.0

ENERGY 5.10
Horizontal Programme Actions

ENERGY.2012.10.1.1

ERA-NET Plus on Bioenergy: Demonstrations of the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative

15.0

ENERGY 5.10
Horizontal Programme Actions

ENERGY.2012.10.1.2

ERA-NET on Solar Electricity: Implementation of the Solar Energy Industry Initiative

2.0

SST 7.2 Sustainable Surface Transport

SST.2012.6-1

ERA-NET Transport III

3.0

CONFRONTING MAJOR THREATS TO PUBLIC HEALTH

HEALTH 2.3 Translational Research in Major Infectious Diseases

HEALTH.2012.2.3.0-2

ERA-NET on infectious diseases

2.0

NMP 4.1 Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies

NMP.2012.1.2-3

ERA-NET on nano-medicine

1.5

SSH 8.3.2 Societal Trends and Lifestyles

SSH.2012.3.2-4

Drug demand and supply reduction (ERA-NET)

2.0

 

 Table2 – Horizontal Support Actions in FP7-ERANET-2012 –RTD

THEME/Activity

Topic identifier

TITLE

Indicative budget (EUR million)

HORIZONTAL

A4.2.2.3 Support for Programme coordination and cooperation in the context of the ERA

ERA-JP.2012.1

Joint programming and its instruments: optimising implementation modalities and support mechanisms

1.0

1 Total indicative budget provided by the concerned Themes for ERA-NET actions. Following the evaluation of proposals, the final total budget of the call, as well the individual sub-budgets independently allocated by each Theme, may vary by up to 10% of the values initially foreseen.

Last updated on: 2011-07-22