European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations

ERA-NETs - European Research Area Networks


The objective of the ERA-NET Cofund instrument is to support coordination and joint calls for proposals of national and regional funding programmes in priority areas of European research.

In an ERA-NET, research funding organisations and programme managers from EU-Member States and Associated Countries combine financial and human resources in order to implement joint activities. The goal is to deepen the European Research Area (ERA) and to boost the efficiency of European research and research funding.

Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Cofund combines the two former FP7 schemes ERA-NET and ERA-NET+. In Horizon 2020, ERA-NET is used to provide financial support to the implementation of transnational calls for proposals with a common thematic focus. The programme's main emphasis is laid on funding R&D. A precondition for joint calls is that they create a European added value. In some caeses, ERA-NETs can be used to facilitate the establishment of a Joint Programme under Art. 185 TFEU or to support a Joint Programming Initiative.

Eligible Participants

The ERA-NET funding scheme is addressed to programme owners (e.g. ministries) and programme managers (funding agencies such as the DFG and project management organisations/Projektträger) that manage and implement national and regional programmes.

Researchers, research organisations, universities and enterprises can apply to the ERA-NETs' joint calls. Potential applicants should contact the national funding organisation implementing the ERA-NET.


The ERA-NET consortia have to comprise three participants from at least three different Member States or Associated countries. In justified cases they can additionally include other legal entities (e.g. NGOs) which manage research programmes.

Sole legal entities might be eligible for participation if all general conditions are fulfilled and if the entity comprises different members.

All projects funded via the co-funded joint call for proposals have to be transnational (at least two participants from at least two different countries). Evaluation has to be carried out first on national, and then on international level by a peer-review. The ERA-NET consortium has to identify joint evaluation criteria (excellence, impact, quality and efficiency of implementation).