PLATFORM for Bioeconomy ERA-NET Actions moves ahead

Building upon the success of the past three years of the FP7 PLATFORM project a proposal was submitted to the Horizon2020 call ISIB-2014. At the end of 2014 the EC gave green light to start preparing the grant agreement. PLATFORM2 is expected to start March 2015.

PLATFORM2 will continue the work of the FP7 PLATFORM project and will build on the activities to further strengthen mutual learning, maximise synergies and increase coordination. PLATFORM2 aims to expand the network to new ERA-NET actions (Co-fund), to more JPIs and will also seek stronger interaction with SCAR. Other plans involve a searchable database on bioeconomy ERA-NET joint calls to be constructed on the website, building on the book ‘Bioeconomy ERA-NET Actions. Furthermore a World Café workshop is scheduled to ponder new, sustainable and alternative models for cooperation between public research programmes and make inventories of alignment actions taken by ERA-NETs. The series of Annual Events will be continued and enable actors to discuss emerging cooperation needs, opportunities and tools. PLATFORM2 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 will be increased by sharing experience and by way of master classes on planning and managing (Co-fund) calls, as well as through evaluation and monitoring of ERA-NETs. The reflections and recommendations will be summarised in policy briefs.

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