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EMPIR - European Metrology Innovation Research Programme

On April 22, 2009, the European Parliament and the Council adopted the “European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP)”. Implemented on the basis of article 185 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union (TFEU), EMRP aim was to pool the resources of the European metrology institutes. Successor to EMRP is the „European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research“ (EMPIR), which will be implemented  by the European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET).  The European Parliament and the Council adopted the decision of the Union in a European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research on May 15th, 2014.


According the decision by the Parliamant and the Council the aims are:

"a) provide appropriate and fit-for-purpose metrology solutions supporting innovation and industrial competitiveness, as well as measurement technologies adressing societal challenges such as health, environment and energy, including support to policy development and implementation;

b) create an integrated European Metrology Research system with critical mass and active engagement at regional, national, European and International level."

Organisation and Participation

The ERA-NET Plus “iMERA Plus”, launched under FP7, provided the basis for EMRP, predecessor of EMPIR.

Besides the European Commission, 28 countries are members of the EMPIR initiative. Responsible for the implementation of the programme is EURAMET e.V. (“European Association of National Metrology Institutes”) based in Braunschweig.

Among the partner states are the EU Member States Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as four countries associated to the FP Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Norway, Serbia and Turkey. Another member is Switzerland.


The total budget for EMRP was of 400 million EUR, of which 50% were public and 50% private funding. The national funding was complemented by an additional EU contribution amounting to a maximum of 200 million EUR for the overall duration of the EMRP. The funding procedures were subject to the respective national regulations.


For further information and details about calls please refer to the EMPIR Participant Portal.

All relevant document can be downloaded from the Download Area.