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European Research Area (ERA)

The European Research Area, ERA, is a unified research area in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely and through which the European Union and its Member States strengthen their scientific and technological bases, their competitiveness and their capacity to collectively address grand challenges.

The completion of ERA is also an important strand in the Innovation Union, which is one of the flagship initiatives in the Europe 2020 Strategy.   

There are five priority areas identified to fully achieve the European Research Area:

  • more effective national research systems
  • optimal transnational co-operation and competition
  • an open labour market for researchers
  • gender equality and gender mainstreaming in research
  • optimal circulation, access to and transfer of scientific knowledge including via digital ERA

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation officials represent Ireland on the EU’s European Research Area Committee (ERAC) and its various configurations and working groups.

More information on ERA 

Ireland's European Research Area Roadmap

Ireland’s European Research Area Roadmap of May 2016 sets out how Ireland will deepen its engagement with ERA.

Ireland's European Research Area Roadmap