The ERA-NET scheme is a mechanism that fosters collaborative working among national or regional agencies and research programmes.
Agencies who wish to work together can establish an ERA-NET on a particular topic and identify a number of work packages that promote information exchange between agencies or develop joint research activities.
Joint calls are managed by the ERA-NET consortium. One partner will usually take responsibility for receiving applications and coordinating the peer review process on behalf of the consortium, but the consortium itself will agree the scope of the call and the evaluation and assessment process to be followed.
The European Union provides funds to support the administration of an ERA-NET which normally covers the cost of a central coordinator and for larger ERA-NETs, work package leaders too. Research funding for successful projects is provided by the agencies participating in the ERA-NET.
Researchers whose national agency is participating in the ERA-NET may submit a research proposal to the joint call and a network of National Contact Points (NCPs) will usually be established to provide advice and support to organisations which are preparing proposals.
For further information see theCORDIS website.