The ERA-NET scheme is a highly innovative component
of the European Union's (EU) Sixth Framework Programme. Uniquely, it
provides support for the transnational networking and coordination
ERA-NET is designed to encourage the creation of close, long-term links between national research programmes with shared goals.
In the short term it will facilitate to exchange views and good practices on regional, national and European research programmes in specific fields.
In the long term, ERA-NETs are expected to lead to more sustained forms of collaboration, 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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In the frame of SSD the Belgian Science Policy is involved in 7 ERA-NETs:
The AMPERA consortium consists of 10 organisations
from 8 European countries. All these organisations have initiated
and manage a national strategic research programme on accidental
marine pollution or have related programmes in different degrees
AMPERA aims at:
Biodiversa is an ERA-net project where 19 European research funding agencies seek best practice as a basis for cooperation in order to strengthen European research.
This particular project aims at setting up efficient trans-national co-operation in the field of biodiversity research funding. Also contributing to the EU Biodiversity Strategy, BiodivERsA will allow the funding agencies to collate existing activities, compare future strategies and recommendations of consultative bodies and systematically explore opportunities for future collaboration.
Climate impact analysis and adaptation response must be informed by a coherent body of research and it is CIRCLE´s prime objective to contribute to such efforts by networking and aligning national research programmes in the 19 CIRCLE partner countries. The Implementation of a European Research Area (ERA) for climate change is CIRCLE’s final goal.
ERA-NET TRANSPORT (ENT) is a sustainable network of national transport research programmes in Europe. ENT is also a service platform for programme managers, which provides the required framework to initiate and implement trans-national cooperation. It actively provides support and knowledge about contacts, national programmes, suitable cooperation procedures and programming practices for successful transport research. At present 13 EU Member States and associated counties participate in this European initiative and more are about to enter the network.
The European Polar Consortium (EPC) is a composed of 25 Government Ministries, National Funding Agencies and National Polar RTD Authorities from 19 European Countries and of the ESF/European Polar Board.
The European Polar Consortium will lead to long-term durable partnerships within Europe and internationally and will also deepen and strengthen the interactions between countries with large Polar RTD programmes and Nations with evolving Polar Programmes in central and south-eastern Europe, encouraging exchange of experiences and the best practice on management and financing of Programmes and infrastructures. The long-term goal of the European Polar Consortium is the development of a "European Polar Entity" that will be established through dialogue on a political level beyond the EPC and will enable Europe to maximize and direct its critical mass at the global level.
MarinERA is a partnership of the leading Marine RTD Funding Organisations in 13 European Member States.
The MarinERA project main objectives are to:
The SKEP ERA-NET is a partnership of 15 government
ministries and agencies, from 11 European countries, responsible
for funding environmental research. The project aims to improve
the co-ordination of environmental research in Europe.
The objectives include:
ERA_ENVHEALTH is an era-net composed by 16 funding Agencies around a common wish to develop collaboration/coordination within E&H research transnational programmes.
The general objectives of this project are to:
This will be achieved through: