PLATFORM brings together ERA‐NETs in the area of the bioeconomy. Its objectives are to further increase collaboration among actors, to foster inclusiveness, to increase capacities for efficient and effective ERA‐NETs, and to inform research policy making.
PLATFORM organises inspiring annual events, dedicated workshops, a master class for call managers, fruitful two‐way interaction with the Commission, the EIP-Agri and with the BBI-JU. Surveys, analysis and events also engaged ERA‐NETs from neighbouring themes with bioeconomy relevance, JPIs Oceans and FACCE, SCAR WGs, and self‐sustained ERA‐NETs. As one result of this broad outreach, the book about the bioeconomy ERA‐NETs and their activities is now available on PLATFORM website and gives a full overview of all joint calls including data on the funded research projects.
PLATFORM will further expand on these activities and will strengthen mutual learning, maximise
synergies and increase coordination. On the website, a searchable database on bioeconomy ERA‐NET joint calls will be constructed, including statistics and impact assessments, such as on leverage. Data may flow into other data repositories, e.g. an EIP‐Agri database on projects in the area of agriculture. A World Café workshop ponders new, sustainable and alternative models for cooperation between public research programmes. An inventory of alignment actions taken by ERA‐NETs will be made. The series of Annual Events continues and enables actors to discuss emerging cooperation needs, opportunities and tools. PLATFORM will foster inclusiveness in all its work, in particular by a master class directed at new Member States and sessions at the Annual Events on improving both involvement and performance. Capacities are increased by sharing experience and by way of master classes on planning and managing (Cofund) calls, as well as through evaluation and monitoring of ERA‐NETs. The reflections and recommendations are summarised in policy briefs.
FNR contact person: Dr. Boris Vashev
PLATFORM received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 288422.
PLATFORM2 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 652635.