Sixth Framework Programme - Coordination of research activities: ERA-NET working document updated

May 20, 2003

Brussels, 19 May 2003

Supporting the Cooperation and Coordination of Research Activities carried out at National or Regional Level: the ERA-NET scheme

The European Research Area has as its core message the need to overcome the traditional fragmentation of research efforts in the EU through better coordination and cooperation. In this regard, the recently launched Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6) introduced a specific programme "Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area" from which a new initiative - the ERA-NET Scheme - will be financed.

The ERA-NET Scheme is about the coordination and cooperation of national and regional programmes and as such, it aims at the national and regional programme makers and managers. These are, in most countries, either working in the Ministries or working in national funding agencies, which implement programmes on behalf of their governments.

The ERA-NET Scheme will be implemented via an Open Call for proposals, welcoming proposals for coordination actions in any field of science and technology i.e. using a bottom-up approach. The Commission will pay all additional costs related to the coordination up to 100%.

Working document

This document is being widely circulated in order to generate an open discussion on the provisions for improving the cooperation and coordination of research activities carried out at national or regional level in the Sixth Framework Programme.

Full document

or read the ERA-NET leaflet

The printed leaflet can also be ordered via the publications page on this site.

For more detailed information on the ERA-NET Scheme please consult the following websites:

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Infopack: cfm


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Unit B2: Strengthening cooperation in research and the European scientific base
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: (32-2) 2952300
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