With the “ERA-NET” Cofund scheme, the European Commission supports the coordination of national and regional funding programmes in research and innovation in Europe. National and regional funding bodies cooperate with funding organisations from other states and publish joint, transnational work programmes with calls for proposals. Applicants from the participating states can then take part in these calls for proposals. Thus, ERA-NETs contribute to improving the coordination of national research strategies.
Which subject areas are covered by ERA-NETs?
German funding bodies are currently taking part in over 40 ongoing ERA-NETs in a wide range of subject areas. The website of the EU project ERA-LEARN 2020 provides an overview of the existing ERA-NETs:
ERA-NETs (and other transnational programmes), sorted by participating state (in this case, Germany)
ERA-NETs (and other transnational programmes), sorted by subject area
ERA-NET target groups
The Horizon 2020 funding instrument ERA-NET Cofund is aimed at ministries and research funding organisations that finance and manage regional and national funding programmes. Research institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and, in some cases, other players can then take part in the joint calls for proposals for projects under these ERA-NETs. The grants are awarded via the national funding programmes of the states involved in the calls for proposals, and are co-financed by the European Union.