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International Cooperation

European Research Area & European R&I Programs

The European Research Area (ERA) is based on excellence, competitive, open and talent-driven. The new ERA will improve Europe's research and innovation landscape, accelerate the EU's transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership, support its recovery from the societal and economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, and strengthen its resilience against future crises.

The New ERA has four main strategic objectives:

  • Prioritise investments and reforms in research and innovation towards the green and digital transition, to support Europe's recovery and increase competitiveness;
  • Improve access to excellent facilities and infrastructures for researchers across the EU;
  • Transfer results to the economy to boost business investments and market uptake of research output, as well as foster EU competitiveness and leadership in the global technological setting;
  • Strengthen mobility of researchers and free flow of knowledge and technology, through greater cooperation among Member States, to ensure that everyone benefits from research and its results;

FCT supports the participation of researchers from the National Science and Technology System in the different axes of ERA action, namely:

ERA Groups

(Science Policy and Strategical Discussion)

Horizon Europe

(ERC, MSCA, Research Infrastructures, Widening)


(Euratom Research and Training Programme 2021-2025)


(European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

ERA Partnerships

(Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe Consortia and Joint Transnational Calls)

European Research Infrastructures

You can consult the funding opportunities in the list of ongoing calls.