Research Policy & Development


Networking of EU bilateral research programmes with South-Eastern Europe

SEE-ERA.NET is a networking project aimed at integrating EU member states and Southeast European countries in the European Research Area by linking research activities within existing national, bilateral and regional RTD programmes.

SEE-ERA.NET is financed by the European Commission and managed by a consortium of 17 institutions from 14 European countries. ZSI took over the coordination of the network.

The objectives of SEE-ERA.NET are:

  • to enhance research cooperation in Europe by fostering integration of Southeast Europe into the growing European Research Area
  • to add value to existing bilateral S&T agreements through multilateral coordination
  • to improve interregional research cooperation following the principles of the stabilisation and accociation process in Southeast Europe
  • to contribute to the "EU - Balkan countries Action Plan in Science & Technology" adopted at the Thessaloniki Ministerial Conference in 2003.

The ERA-NET scheme was the main means of supporting cooperation and coordination of research activities outside the 6th Research Framework Program, which are carried out at national or regional level. These measures should complement the possibilities of cross-border research and technology cooperation in addition to and complementary to the Framework Program. The aim of the ERA-NET projects is to make a significant contribution to the creation of the European Research Area. Coordination and co-operation of research and technology activities carried out in Member States or Associated States at national and regional level has been achieved through the networking of research activities and their mutual opening up to participants from the participating countries.

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Section: Research Policy & Development


Tags: Balkan, ERA-NETs, European Research Area, internationalisation, RTDI cooperation, Southeast Europe

Type: Networks

Program: 6. Forschungsrahmenprogramm/ERA-NET

Project Status: Finished

Start/End: 09/2004 - 08/2009

Project Duration: 60 months