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The Knowledge-Sharing Platform

ERA LEARN 2020

01INTRODUCTION

The ERA-LEARN 2020 project is a 3-year initiative (2015-2017), following up on its predecessors, the FP7 projects ERA-LEARN, NETWATCH and JPIs ToCoWork. The kick-off event launching the project took place on 27-28 January 2015 in Vienna and was hosted by the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency), the organisation coordinating the project.

Designed as a support initiative for the P2P community, the main objectives of ERA-LEARN 2020 include

  • providing a web-based information, learning and support platform for P2P;
  • supporting the ongoing optimisation of P2P networks;
  • implementing a systematic process for monitoring & impact assessment of P2P networks, including their impact at the policy level, the programme level and the co-funded RTD project-level;
  • assessing and benchmarking current approaches to alignment and exploring options for new modalities that will better align national and/or regional activities under common research agendas;
  • implementing an annual cycle of knowledge exchange aimed at increasing the impact of investment in P2P activities, and exploring options to support less research intensive countries.

The consortium consists of 7 funding organisations and 4 organisations specialising in analysis:

  • FFG (AT)
  • Austrian Institute of Technology (AT)
  • PT-DLR (DE)
  • VDI/VDE-IT (DE)
  • Academy of Finland (FI)
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (FR)
  • Enterprise Ireland (IE)
  • MIUR (IT)
  • Research Council of Norway (NO)
  • Optimat (UK)
  • University of Manchester (UK).

ERA-LEARN 2020 has a strong background in practical P2P operation, with the 7 funding organisations involved in more than 300 initiatives (ERA-NETs, JPIs, Art.185) in FP6, FP7 and H2020. Thus the consortium is well qualified for elaborating and providing guidance and learning material.

ERA LEARN

Diagram: ERA LEARN 2014

ERA-LEARN 2020 merges the scope of activities of the 3 predecessor projects into 1 initiative and expands it to provide a community-driven web-based platform as well as guidance and support for the P2P community, including the wider activities of joint programming, particularly the JPIs, Art.185 and ERA-NET Cofund.

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