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Project sheet - ERA-SAGE (European Research Area on societal aspects of genomics)

Project ID: 16226
Funded under: FP6-COORDINATION


This is a brochure for the ERA-SAGE project which received funding under the European Commission (EC)'s Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). With the aim of establishing a sustainable partnership amongst funding agencies to ensure that Europe develops its expertise and knowledge in the Ethical legal and social aspects (ELSA) genomic field efficiently, ERA-SAGE worked to build up the quantity and quality of existing research by coordinating national research programmes at a European level. ERA-SAGE used the information gathered by NORSAGE to compare the state of ELSA research and its funding across Europe. Furthermore, participants contacted also scientists, politicians, citizens and stakeholders to establish what people believe to be the most important societal and ethical aspects of genomics research. The comparison of national studies, and of each funding institution, as well as the exchange between programme managers facilitated agreement on standards and protocols, especially for research evaluation and quality control. Several models of cooperation were envisaged to reach an agreement on a framework and roadmap for sustsainable and long-term cooperation and coordination which covered legal, issues, administrative structures and joint funding mechanisms.

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