ERA-NET (European Research Area)

The ERA-NET instrument under Horizon 2020 is designed to support public-public partnerships in their preparation, establishment of networking structures, design, implementation and coordination of joint activities as well as topping up of single joint calls and of actions of a transnational nature.

The ERA-NET under Horizon 2020 merges the former ERA-NET and ERA-NET Plus into a single instrument with the central and compulsory element of implementing one substantial call with top-up funding from the Commission. The focus of ERA-NETs is therefore shifting from the funding of networks to the top-up funding of single joint calls for transnational research and innovation in selected areas with high European added value and relevance for Horizon 2020. This aims at increasing substantially the share of funding that Member States dedicate jointly to challenge driven research and innovation agendas. Financial contributions of Member States can be in cash or in kind in order to broaden the scope of ERA-NETs towards the coordination institutional funding of governmental research organisations.

ERA-NETs under Horizon 2020 will be implemented by using a specific, new type of action: ERA-NET Cofund. There are a number of important changes compared to FP7.


Objectives for the ERA-NET instrument under Horizon 2020


  • Concentrate resources on areas with high impact and relevance and reduce unnecessary duplication by significantly increasing the overall volume of publicly funded transnational research and innovation efforts (competitive and institutional funding) implemented in a coordinated way.
  • Produce substantial leverage effect of EU funding on national/regional public funding and private resources.
  • Ensure significant level of financial commitments to the joint calls and actions.
  • Establish an effective process to identify and select topics for intervention and establish flexible governance that allows effective steering and monitoring of the entire process.
  • Strengthen participation of all Member States to support them in linking their research and innovation capacities towards cross boarder cooperation.
  • Ensure high and common standards for proposal evaluation and selection for the calls launched by ERA-NETs and support harmonisation of funding rules and implementation modalities for the selected projects
  • Optimise the management and limit administrative costs for the implementation at EU level while simplifying participation of national/regional research funders.


Target Group
Promotion and Networking activities
Source Regions
European Union
Source Countries
Eligible Regions
European Union
Eligible Countries
Grant Types
Funding Bodies
Bulgarian, English, Spanish
Support Types
Deadline Date
Programme Owner
Managing Authority
Legal Source
Supporting Programme
Refering Grants


ERA-NET Actions:

  1. AERTOs (Associated European Research and Technology Organisations)
    Project Ref: 219340 
  2. AIRTN2 (Air Transport Net as one of the Key Enablers for the Prosperous Development of Aeronautics in Europe)
    Project Ref: 235476
  3. ARIMNET (Coordination of Agricultural Research in the Mediterranean)
    Project Ref: 219262 
  4. ASPERA-2 (Deepening and Broadening of Astroparticle Physics European Coordination)
    Project Ref: 235489
  5. EMIDA (Coordination of European Research on Emerging and Major Infectious Diseases of Livestock)
    Project Ref: 219235 
  6. ENR2 (ERA-NET Road II)
    Project Ref: 235474
  7. ENT II (ERA-NET Transport II)
    Project Ref: 219169 
  8. ERA-AGE 2 (European Research Area on Ageing 2)
    Project Ref: 235489
  9. ERACOBUILD (Strategic Networking of RDI Programmes in Construction and Operation of Buildings)
    Project Ref: 219395 
  10. ERA-ENVHEALTH (Coordination of National Environment and Health Research Programmes – Environment and Health ERA-NET)
    Project Ref: 219337 
  11. ERA-IB-2 (ERA-Net for Industrial Biotechnology 2)
    Project Ref: 291814
  12. ERNEST (European Research Network on Sustainable Tourism)
    Project Ref: 219438 
  13. ETB-PRO (European Programme for Transnational R&D&I Cooperations of Biotech SMEs)
    Project Ref: 235368
  14. EUROCOURSE (Europe Against Cancer: Optimisation of the Use of Registries for Scientific Excellence in Research)
    Project Ref: 219453 
  15. EuroNanoMed (European Network of Transnational Collaborative RTD Projects in the Field of Nanomedicine)
    Project Ref: 234811
  16. ICT-AGRI (Coordination of European Research within ICT and Robotics in Agriculture and related Environmental Issues)
    Project Ref: 235460
  17. LEAD ERA (Lead Market European Research Area Network)
    Project Ref: 235527
  18. MNT-ERA.NET II (Micro and Nano Technologies for a Highly Competitive European Industry)
    Project Ref: 234989
  19. NET-HERITAGE (European Network on Research Programme Applied to the Protection of Tangible Cultural Heritage)
    Project Ref: 219301 
  20. RURAGRI (Facing Sustainability: New Relationships between Rural Areas and Agriculture in Europe)
    Project Ref: 235175
  21. SmartGrids (SmartGrids – ERA-NET)
    Project Ref: 219343 
  22. WoodWisdom-Net 2 (Networking and Integration of National Programmes in the Area of Wood Material Science and Engineering in the Forest-Based Value Chains)
    Project Ref: 235066


  1. BONUS (Multilateral Call for Research Projects within the Joint Baltic Sea Research Programme)
    Project Ref: 217246
  2. ERASysBio (The Consolidation of Systems Biology Research – Stimulating the Widespread Adoption of Systems Approaches in Biomedicine, Biotechnology, and Agri-food)
    Project Ref: 235447
  3. HERA JRP (Humanities in the European Research Area – Joint Research Programme)
    Project Ref: 235336
  4. iMERA-Plus (Implementing Metrology in the European Research Area Plus)
    Project Ref: 217257 
  5. NanoSci-EPlus (Transnational Call for Collaborative Proposals in Basic Nanoscience Research)
    Project Ref: 219433 
  6. NORFACE Plus (NORFACE Transnational Programme on Migration in Europe)
    Project Ref: 235548
  7. MATERA (ERA-NET Plus on Materials Research)
    Project Ref: 235303


  1. ERA-LEARN (Supporting the ERA-NET Learning Platform by Creating a Toolbox for the ERA-NET community)
    Project Ref: 235063
  2. NETWATCH (Development of a Central Information Platform for ERA-NETs under ERAWATH)
    Project Ref: 219177 
  3. NORDERA (Lessons Learnt from Nordic Research Coordination in the Context of the ERA)
    Project Ref: 234854



Proposal Submission


ERA-NET Cofund under Horizon 2020 is designed to support public-public partnerships, including joint programming initiatives between Member States, in their preparation, establishment of networking structures, design, im plementation and coordination of joint activities as well as Union topping-up of a trans-national call for proposals. It allows for programme collaboration in any part of the entire research innovation cycle. The main and compulsory activity of the ERA-NET Cofund under Horizon 2020 is the implementation of the co-funded joint call for proposals that leads to the funding of trans-national research and/or innovati on projects. The call is normally based on a call for proposals resulting in grants to third parties. In addition to the co-funded call the consortia may implement other joint activities including other joint calls without Union co-funding. ERA-NET Cofund may also, depending on the research area and the underlying national programmes and their governing principles, target governmental research organisations. The co-funded call for proposals will in these cases be based on in-kind contributions from their institutional funding and the beneficiaries carry out the transnational projects resulting from their call for proposals fully or partially th emselves. The in-kind contributions are the resources allocated as direct expenditure in the selected trans-national projects that are not reimbursed by the Union contribution.
The participation of programme managers including governmental research organisations has to be mandated by the national/regional authorities in charge (normally the responsible Ministry).
The minimum conditions for participation have to be fulfilled by the entities participating in the joint trans-national call for proposals. Only in addition to the minimum conditions, and if justified by the nature of the action, programmes funded by other entities (international programmes, foundations or other non- public programmes) may participate.

Relevant for all 3 priorities of Horizon 2020 (Excellent science, Industrial leadership, Societal challenges).

  • It may be used to support JPIs if the area fits with the priorities of Horizon 2020, and the case-by-case assessment on EU value-added justifies a possible EU financial contribution.
  • May include an objective to harmonise rules and implementation modalities of joint calls and actions.
  • May be used in particular to prepare Art.185 initiatives.
  • Implemented based on grants by using programme co-fund actions.
  • Horizon 2020 rules for participation do not apply to the calls launched by ERA-NETs. H2020 rules will apply to Co-fund projects available in H2020 calls.
  • Possibility for Framework Partnerships Agreements and grants to named beneficiaries (instead of open calls).
  • Possible combination with other EU funding sources (cohesion funds).


Terms And Conditions


Available Calls

Total Funding Amount

Selection Criteria

Open To

All EU Member States highly involved in the ERA-NET scheme

  • More than 190 calls, resulting in more than 2000 transnational projects
  • Annual volume of coordinated research close to €300 Million, with a total of €1,4 Billion
  • Substantial leverage effects on research coordination

(on average 5, many >10, some 25)

  • Virtual common pot and mixed mode preferred funding modes for transnational programme collaboration
  • ERA-NET Plus supporting critical mass, common evaluation standards and financial integration, lack of networking
  • Positive impact on ERA, national programmes and their collaboration
  • But: limited success in creating multiannual joint programmes with critical mass



Funding rate:
The Union contribution will be limited to a maximum of 33% of the total eligible costs of the action. The Union contribution to the costs for support to or implementation of trans-national projects is limited to one call pe r grant agreemenhe unit costs for coordination is fixed to EURO 29000 per year per beneficiary. Indirect costs for the coordination costs must be declared on the basis of the flat rate.

The Union contribution to coordination costs should not exceed 20% of the total Union contribution to the action. The total duration of the action should normally not exceed 5 years.