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Final Report - CERA (Creating ERA in Central Europe)

Project ID: 510451
Funded under: FP6-NMP


This is the final activity report of the CERA project which had as a main objective to create synergy for virtual networking and strengthening of the European Research Area (ERA) in Central Europe by networking and twinning the best research centres, organisations and associations.

The specific document describes the project objective and provides an overview of the workpackage activities. Additionally, it analyses the different types of measures used to fulfill the project's main objective, and the methods used to promote it.

The project provided an opportunity to exchange 'best practices' and to master skills in proposal development aimed at preparation of successful proposals for new Networks of Excellence (NoEs), Integrated Projects (IPs) and Specific Targeted Research Projects (STREPs). The work package activities included selection of the best research teams from Candidate Countries (CCs), in particular Centres of Excellence (CoEs) and to define their profiles, analyse their strengths, weaknesses and needs. This allowed to carry out a mapping of excellence exercise defining common areas activities and Research and technological development (RTD) potential of best research centres in CCs. As a next step the 'Virtual networks of excellence' (VNoEs) were established integrating research activities in selected areas as a preparatory step towards further integration.

Through series of specialised activities the project helped to establish new links and to start cooperation between CoEs and best research institutions in CCs and leading research centres, networks of competence in Member States as well as established European NoEs. Contacts were facilitated by carrying out the 'get in touch' meetings defining the cooperation and twinning possibilities. Cooperation was established also with existing NoEs and IPs, Innovation Relay Centres (IRCs), large facilities. Specialised workshops assisted organisations in proposal development for new NoE, IPs and other i

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