ERAC (European Research Area and Innovation Committee) is a policy advisory body assisting the European Commission and the Council of the European Union in the field of research, innovation and technological development. The main mission of ERAC is to provide strategic input on any research and innovation issue relevant to the development of the European Research Area (ERA). Its mandate was decided by the Council in October 2015.

ERAC members are the European Commission and Member States of the European Union. The following Candidate Countries and Associated Countries are invited as observers:

• Albania
• Armenia
• Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Faroe Islands
• Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
• Georgia
• Iceland
• Israel
• Moldova
• Montenegro
• Norway
• Serbia
• Switzerland
• Turkey
• Ukraine

ERAC is co-chaired by the European Commission (Director-General or a deputy Director-General) and an elected representative from the Member States. Currently, Mr Christian NACZINSKY (AT) is holding the position as a Member States co-chair.


Mr. MARTIN SCHMID Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
Ms. BRIGITTE WEISS Federal Ministry of Climate Action
(Substitute) Ms. ANDREA HOEGLINGER Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)