The ERA-LEARN project is a 4-year initiative (2018-2022), following up on its predecessor ERA-LEARN 2020. Designed as a support initiative for the P2P community, the main objectives of ERA-LEARN include:

  • increasing the visibility of ERA-LEARN by intensifying the close interaction of ERA-LEARN with the P2P community to make it more user-friendly and attractive to the P2P community;
  • increasing the relevance by applying a more thematic approach in tackling the issues and challenges identified by P2Ps;
  • supporting P2Ps with evidence in view of the next EU Framework Programme;
  • supporting impact assessments by offering trainings and real, full scale pilot assessment exercises as well as special tool-kits to provide guidance and advice addressing also the development of key performance indicators (KPIs);
  • identifying and spreading good practice for specific common P2P challenges such as widening of participation and inclusiveness of less research intensive countries, internationalisation of P2P networks, reaching out to industry and innovation;
  • engaging the P2P community in a dialogue with other stakeholders or initiatives such as Private-Private Partnerships (PPPs);
  • facilitating the identification and handling of emerging issues in relation to P2P strategic development, operation and performance;
  • closer interaction of ERA-LEARN with the P2P community.

The consortium consists of 6 funding organisations and 4 organisations specialising in analysis. All partners have already been involved in the previous ERA-LEARN 2020 project:

• FFG (AT)
• Austrian Institute of Technology (AT)
• Academy of Finland (FI)
• Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (FR)
• Research Council of Norway (NO)
• Optimat (UK)
• University of Manchester (UK).

ERA-LEARN has a strong background in practical P2P operation through the diverse involvements in ERA-NETs, JPIs and Art.185 initiatives. The consortium members are complementary to each other through their specific roles as national ministries, national funding agencies, and specialists for analysis and policy research and through their activities in the context of stakeholder groups such as the GPC. Representing a wide range of the main P2P stakeholders, the ERA-LEARN consortium is therefore perfectly suited to respond to user needs. The consortium has close links to the business community and to policy makers. Public relations expertise is strongly represented in the consortium.