The ERA Partnership indicates a set of measures suitable for completing the European Research Area. Based on an analysis of Europe's research performance and effectiveness and a stakeholder consultation, the European Commission proposed five priorities for changes. These priorities are:
- More effective national research systems – including increased competition within national borders and sustained or greater investment in research;
- Optimal transnational co-operation and competition - defining and implementing common research agendas on grand challenges, raising quality through Europe-wide open competition, and constructing and running key research infrastructures effectively on a pan-European basis;
- An open labour market for researchers - to ensure the removal of barriers to researcher mobility, training and attractive careers;
- Gender equality and gender mainstreaming in research – to end the waste of talent which Europe cannot afford, and to diversify views and approaches in research and promote excellence;
- Optimal circulation, access to and transfer of scientific knowledge - including via digital ERA - to guarantee access to and uptake of knowledge by all.