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European Research Area on Societal Aspects of Genomics

European Research Area on Societal Aspects of Genomics

Objective

The field of genomics has an increasing impact on today?s society. It is vital to conduct research on the ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) of this field in order to come to terms with this impact and increase awareness of genomics and its implications in the public. The ERA-NET CA project ERASAGE - European Research Area on Societal Aspects of Genomics- includes the important players in funding of ELSA research regarding Genomics, and emphasizes the importance of co-ordination and co-operation on the level of programme management. Scope Eight national funding agencies with specific funding allocated to the field of ELSA of genomics, (Netherlands, United Kingdom, Austria, Norway, Finland, Germany (2) and Canada), as well as three funding agencies with a specific interest in this field (Israel (2) and Switzerland) are joining forces in ERA-SAGE. The proposed ERA-NET network will be open for other European partners with developing ELSA programmes and will act as a learning platform for these funding agencies. Programmes to increase understanding of all aspects of genomics and biotechnology are critical. This process and experience could also be useful for and expandable to other new technologies. Objectives Today, the programmes in the partnering countries are very divergent and often small in scale. The partners have committed to an ambitious ERA-NET programme to achieve synergy and convergence, to enhance the quality and the quantity of this research and to move on to a durable multi-national strategic partnership. Work programme The partners identified four interdisciplinary domains to enhance the network with increasing levels of co-ordination: 1. Synergy building: information exchange 2. Needs assessment: define common strategic issues 3. Capacity building: implementation of joint activities and human resource management 4. Research building Special attention is given to the management of the network

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Coordinator

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

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Laan Van Nieuw Oost Indie 300
93035 Den Haag

Netherlands

Participants (10)

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ACADEMY OF FINLAND

Finland

BUNDESMINISTERIUM FÜR BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG (GERMAN FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND RESEARCH)

Germany

BUNDESMINISTERIUM FÜR BILDUNG, WISSENSCHAFT UND KULTUR

Austria

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FÜR LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT E. V. (PROJEKTTRAGER)

Germany

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, CHIEF SCIENTIST´S BUREAU

Israel

MINISTRY OF HEALTH , CHIEF SCIENTISTS OFFICE

Israel

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA

Canada

SWISS FEDERAL OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Switzerland

THE RESEARCH COUNCIL OF NORWAY

Norway

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 16226

  • Start date

    1 May 2005

  • End date

    30 April 2010

Funded under:

FP6-COORDINATION

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 944 117

  • EU contribution

    € 2 944 117

Coordinated by:

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Netherlands