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European Research area information portal

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The European Research Area

The European Research Area (ERA) is a single research area that is a platform designed to group and strengthen research efforts at EU level by coordinating them with national and international initiatives.

What is ERA?

The European Research Area (ERA) is a single research area open to the world and based on the free internal market.
ERA enables free circulation of researchers, science and technology.

ERA has 6 priorities:

  • More efficient national research systems
  • Optimal transnational cooperation and competition, including optimal transnational cooperation and infrastructure for research and competition
  • Open labor market for researchers
  • Gender equality and gender mainstreaming in research
  • Optimal circulation, access to and transfer of scientific knowledge, including knowledge circulation and open access
  • International cooperation

Establishment of ERA

In 2014, 2 years after the adoption of its Communication on a stronger European Research Area (ERA) partnership, the Commission announced that EU countries and stakeholders have made good progress in fulfilling the ERA, but more efforts are needed. In 2015, the European Council reaffirmed its commitment to a fully functioning ERA and endorsed the ERA Plan for 2015 – 2020. It is a lively document that guides EU countries to create ERA priorities at national level. It calls on EU members to implement the ERA Plan through appropriate measures in the National ERA Action Plans and Strategies. Monitoring the implementation of the ERA Plan is included in the ERA Progress Reports on the basis of the main indicators proposed by the European Research and Innovation Advisory Board (ERAC).

Partnership ERA

Partnerships with Member and Associated Countries The partnership between Member States, countries associated with Horizon 2020 and the Commission is represented by the European Research and Innovation Committee (ERAC). It is a strategic policy advisory committee that advises the Commission, the Council and the Member States on a range of research and innovation issues within the ERA governance framework.

Partnership with stakeholder organizations

The Commission and 5 stakeholder organizations agreed to cooperate in achieving the ERA in 2012.

  • European Association of Research and Technological Organizations (EARTO)
  • European University Association (EUA)
  • League of European Research Universities (LERU)
  • NordForsk
  • Science Europe

They also created a stakeholder platform to monitor implementation and offer a discussion forum. CESAER joined the platform in July 2013. Organizations renewed their membership in 2015 with the exception of Norforsk, which remains committed to addressing ERA priorities. Other stakeholders have become official platform observers.

  • EU-Life
  • European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA)
  • European Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)
  • European Research Infrastructure Equipment Association (ERF-AISBL)
  • European Network of Innovative Agencies (TAFTI)

ERA Progress Reports

The reports summarize the current status of ERA and the progress made in the implementation of ERA by Member States and associated countries.

2018 Report was published in early 2019.