ECORD Managing Agency - EMA
IPGP - LGM
4 place Jussieu
75252 Paris cedex 05, France
Supporting the Cooperation and Coordination of Research Activities
carried out at National or Regional Level
ERA-NET scheme is a highly innovative component of the European Union's Sixth Research Framework Programme (2002 - 2008), aimed at integrating and strengthening the European Research Area. To overcome the traditional fragmentation of research efforts in the European Union, ERA-NETs are expected, through better coordination and cooperation, to lead to collaboration of major significance, including the strategic planning and design of joint research programmes, the reciprocal opening of national research programmes to researchers from other member countries, the pooling of resources and the launch of fully transnational programmes. A total of €148 million has been allocated to the ERA-NET scheme for the life of FP6.
The first open call for proposals received an extremely positive initial response. The ECORD-net proposal was highly ranked by the EC and, after negotiations, the European Community contract No ERAC-CT-2003-510218 entered into force on 12 December 2003.