What is an ERA-NET instrument

The objective of the ERA-NET scheme (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/coordination/about-era_en.html ) is to provide  a framework to network and mutually open national or regional research programs, leading to concrete cooperations such as the development and implementation of joint transnational calls. The ERA-NET consortia are composed of national/regional ministries and funding organisations. The European Commission funds the networking activities and the management of the joint calls. However, the research activities resulting from the ERA-NET calls are funded through the regional and national partners involved in the ERA-NETs.

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Funding: EC supports the coordination costs among the funding agencies and ministries through the ERA-NET scheme. Each ERA-NET partner funds the research carried out in their own countries for the selected projects.