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The ERA-NET scheme has been a highly innovative component of the European Union's EUR 19.2 billion Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6), over the period 2002-2006. Uniquely, it provided support for the transnational networking and coordination of national and regional research programmes. The scheme�s participants were, therefore, programme managers working in national ministries and funding agencies, and not universities or enterprises. Due to its success in FP6, the scheme will expand further under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
Aimed at national and regional programme funders and programme managers, the ERA-NET scheme is designed to encourage the creation of close, long-term links between national and regional research programmes with shared goals. It contributes to the creation of the European Research Area by facilitating practical initiatives to coordinate regional, national and European research programmes in specific fields, and to pool fragmented human and financial resources, in order to improve both the efficiency and the effectiveness of Europe's research efforts.
Most of the ERA-NETs featured in this folder approached such collaboration step by step - for example, through exercises to map current research funding programmes, and through regular workshops designed to improve mutual understanding and trust. This made it possible to identify gaps, overlaps and possible synergies and, in many cases, led to the rapid spread of best practice in proposal evaluation and other aspects of programme management, providing a sound basis for experimental joint activities. Ultimately, ERA-NETs can lead to collaborations of major significance, including the strategic planning and design of joint research programmes, the reciprocal opening of national research programmes to researchers from other member countries, and the launch of fully transnational programmes jointly funded by more than one country.

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Record Number: 8661 / Last updated on: 2007-08-14
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