PLATFORM FP7 Activities

A lot of experience has been built since the ERA-NET scheme started, so new coordination networks do not need to reinvent the wheel and new colleagues do not have to start from zero. Through PLATFORM the actors are networked and interactive dialogues facilitate mutual learning, for example on effective and cost-efficient call management. After an inventory of practices and of learning demands, a customized workshop was organised for call secretariat officers.

Another matter that the ERA-NETs tackle best together is the analysis of costs and benefits of joint calls and assessments of other impact indicators for evaluating the success of their work in coordination and collaboration between national programmes. Positioning of an ERA-NET action in relation to other coordination initiatives and to other type of networks is another commonality for overarching discussions. Existing and potential coordination among Member State public-to-public initiatives (ERA-NET, ERA-NET Plus, JPI, Art 185, SCAR WGs) is mapped and matchmaking organised.

PLATFORM also looks into linkages with private sector driven technology platforms, scientists driven research alliances, and the EIP on agriculture to bridge science, innovation and practice.


The workshops are aimed to create a common identity as KBBE relevant ERA-Nets and to develop a shared vision on the European Bioeconomy, as well as to create an open mutual learning environment. Participants will have the possibility to exchange experiences and knowledge on methodologies. Special attention will be drawn to recently started ERA-NETs in KBBE.

Annual Workshops

Thematic Workshops

Cost-benefit workshop for KBBE ERA-Nets: May 16, 2012, Berlin


PLATFORM Master Class on call management, 17-18 June 2013, Brussels

A dedicated event on call management organised by the FP7 project Platform of Knowledge Based Bio-Economy relevant ERA-NETs (PLATFORM) brought together ERA-NET call officers, most of them with 2-8 years of experience in (transnational) call management. Prior to the event a survey among bioeconomy relevant ERA-NETs had been conducted to get a picture of the differences and similarities in the way the ERA-NETs work, and help to identify areas to discuss. In the master class, practices for different aspects of the call cycle were presented and the factors required for proper call management were discussed. This expert-driven process resulted in a high level of agreement and a set of recommendations for call organisation, proposal evaluation and ranking, project selection and funding, and monitoring.

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