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A Reinforced European Research Area Partnership for Excellence and Growth

Jul 23, 2012

Based on a public consultation and on an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Europe's research systems the European Commission published a Communication on "A Reinforced European Research Area Partnership" on 18 July 2012. The most effective and pragmatic approach to meeting the 2014 deadline is a reinforced ERA partnership between Member States, the Commission and research stakeholder organisations, with ERA priorities being:

• 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 effectively key research infrastructures on a pan-European basis
• An open labor 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 we cannot afford and to diversify views and approaches in research and foster excellence
• Optimal circulation, access to and transfer of scientific knowledge

Read more in the Communication from the European Commission attached.

BILAT-USA (Grant Agreement no: 244434) and Link2US (Grant Agreement no: 244371) Projects are co-funded by the European Union’s Capacities Programme on International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Cooperation.