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  • The FP7-ERANET-2012-RTD call has been launched on 20 July 2011. 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 note that the pre-proposal service for the above call will remain open until 27th January 2012.
  • Launch of new ERA-NET Newsletter by ERA-LEARN targeted at research funders in Europe! This newsletter contains information about ERA-NETs, Joint Programming Initiatives, related events and news from ERA-LEARN and will be published 2-3 times per year.  If you are a research funder, or any other individual or organisation involved in the coordination and collaboration of national research and innovation activities, and you would like to receive this ERA-NET Newsletter automatically, please register at .
  • New website with over 100 FP6 & FP7 ERA-NET projects (including links to project websites, fact sheets, and publishable summary reports where available) as well as video clips, news items and testimonials from several key people involved in ERA-NETs now available .

The terminology on this webpage is adapted to the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU)

The Commission stakeholder consultation [PDF] on the future of European research revealed a strong support for more coordination of national research programmes from all categories of contributors. Framework Programme 7 will support two main tools to favour the restructuring of the European Research Area. Together they should reduce its fragmentation in several national and regional research programmes by favouring the development of joint calls, joint programmes and actions supported together by several Member States and the Commission.

The ERA-NET scheme aims at developing and strengthening the coordination of national and regional research programmes in two ways:
- providing a framework for actors implementing public research programmes to improve coordination through new ERA-NETs or by broadening and deepening existing ERA-NETs; and
- providing, in a limited number of cases, additional EU financial support to participants who create a common fund for the purpose of joint calls for proposals among national and regional programmes (‘ERA-NET PLUS’).

Actions 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)] aim at integrating parts of national and regional programmes for implementing jointly, together with the Commission, a real European research programme.

The actions supported here may cover subjects not directly linked to the ten themes in as far as they have a sufficient EU added value. They will also be used to enhance the complementarity and synergy between FP7 and activities carried out under intergovernmental structures such as EUREKA and COST .


Joint Technology Initiatives

For a limited number of European Technology Platforms, the scale and scope of their strategic research agendas and the resources involved justify setting up long-term public-private partnerships in the form of Joint Technology Initiatives . These initiatives, will combine private sector investment and/or national and European public funding, including grant funding from the Research Framework Programme and loan finance from the European Investment Bank. Joint Technology Initiatives may be decided on the basis of Article 187 TFEU (ex Article 171 TEC) of the Treaty or on the basis of the Specific Programme Decisions in accordance with Article 182 TFEU (ex Article 166 TEC).

Last updated on: 2012-05-25