ERANet-LAC: Latin America, Caribbean and European Union
In order to strengthen the bi-regional partnership in Science, Technology and Innovation, ERANet-LAC implemented two joint calls seeking to coordinate and cluster research programmes. Furthermore, the project mutually opened research infrastructures and coordinated and opened innovation programmes.
ERANet-LAC placed a special focus on the innovation dimension. It involved European and Latin American innovation agencies in joint activities as well as in trust-building actions.
The joint activities carried out were evaluated and used as a basis for a road map to be incorporated in the EU-CELAC Platform for Funding Agencies. This funding platform serves as an information and communication platform thats offers substantial guidelines as well as an online working space to facilitate the development of future concrete bi-regional joint initiatives.
The main activities of ERANet-LAC:
- Promotion of mutual opening and coordination of existing programmes, infrastructures and cooperation.
- Implementation of 2 Joint Calls: The first one was launched at the end of 2014 and the second one at the end of 2015.
- Coordination of a consultation process to inform funding agencies and research institutions from both regions about the joint actions.
- Building a platform for EU and CELAC funding agencies.
The beneficiaries of ERANet-LAC:
In concrete terms, the project fosters the involvement of numerous national and international research and innovation funding organisations from Europe, Latin-America and the Caribbean countries. The specific initiatives are demand-driven through a bottom-up approach, guaranteeing a real interest from both sides. This means that researchers from both regions have the opportunity to actively participate in bi-regional R&I projects initiated by ERANet-LAC.
The political dimension of ERANet-LAC:
ERANet-LAC plays an important role in the JIRI-process (Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation). The JIRI was endorsed in the frame of the European Union – Latin America and Caribbean Summit in Madrid in 2010 by the Heads of State of the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean Countries (CELAC). The JIRI is implemented by five thematic bi-regional working groups on ICT, Bio-Economy, Bio-Diversity / Climate, Energy and Health.
ERANet-LAC took into account the thematic recommendation of the EU-CELAC SOM for the joint calls in 2014 and 2015.