ERA-NET Plus under Framework Programme 7

In Framework Programme 7 (FP7) the ERA-NET instrument achieves the objective of developing and strengthening the coordination of national and regional research programmes through two specific actions: 

  • 'ERA-NET actions' – providing a framework for actors implementing public research programmes to coordinate their activities, e.g. by developing joint activities or by mutually supporting joint calls for transnational proposals. 
  • 'ERA-NET Plus actions' – providing, in a limited number of cases with high European added value, additional EU financial support to facilitate joint calls for proposals between national and/or regional programmes.

ERA-NET Plus, new under FP7, followed the ‘rules of five’: a minimum of five participants from five different Member or Associated States; a joint call of at least five million euros; a maximum duration of five years. A total of twenty-two ERA-NET Plus actions were funded. The Community top-up funding of calls implemented by these Plus actions sums up to around 154 M€. A similar amount of budget was used for coordination of these networks.


Table of FP7 ERA-NET+ actions and further information  

AREA indicates specific programme, COORDINATION: TRANS=Transport, KBBE=Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology; GA=General Activities; ENV=Environment; NMP=Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies; EN=Energy; ICT=Information and communication technologie; SSH=Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities; INCO=International Cooperation. 

YES in the FP6 column means follow-up of an FP6 ERA-NET. Where FP7 is indicated, it is a follow-up of an FP7 ERA-NET. The PLATFORM-DB2_button.png-button in the DB column links to the PLATFORM database, an online repository with data from public-public partnerships in the bioeconomy area with tools that provide insights on network, organisation, and country levels and allow access to description of calls and projects.

ACRONYM AREA FP6 DB ABOUT 
BESTF EN NO PLATFORM-DB2_button.png BioEnergy Sustaining the Future
BESTF2 EN FP7 PLATFORM-DB2_button.png BioEnergy Sustaining the Future
BiophotonicsPlus ICT NO   Biophotonics
BONUS+ GA YES PLATFORM-DB2_button.png Baltic Sea research
CORE Organic + KBBE FP7 PLATFORM-DB2_button.png Organic food and farming research coordination 
Electromobility+ TRANS NO   Electromobility ERA-NET
ERA-Net.RUS+ INCO FP7   Further linking Russia to the ERA
ERASysBio + GA YES PLATFORM-DB2_button.png Consolidation of systems biology research
FACCE ERA-NET+ KBBE NO PLATFORM-DB2_button.png Climate Smart Agriculture
HERA JRP CE SSH FP7    Multi-disciplinary research into the causes and consequences of cultural encounters
HERITAGE PLUS ENV NO
Cultural heritage and global change research
iMERA-PLUS GA YES
Implementing metrology in the ERA
INFRAVATION TRANS NO
Infrastructure innovation
MATERA+ NMP YES   Materials ERA-NET
NANOSCI-EPLUS NMP YES   Nanoscience in the ERA 
NEWA EN NO   Wind energy generation research
NORFACE+ SSH FP7   Transnational programme on migration in Europe
OLAE+ ICT NO   Organic and large electronics research
PIANO+ ICT NO   Photonics-based internet access research
SEE-ERANET+ INCO YES   Further integrating South-east European research institutes
WOODWISDOM-NET+ NMP FP7 PLATFORM-DB2_button.png Networking and integration in the area of wood material science and engineering
WSF SSH NO   The development of welfare states (WSF is a separate Norface ERA-NET+ action)