What we are doing

We support the European Commission European Research Area (ERA) by participating at stakeholder platforms and related working groups aimed at the advancement of ERA, as well as working actively with our member institutes in the implementation of ERA policies. We are also active in relevant fields for the definition of the new ERA, such as open science, research careers and research assessment, as described below.

Overall European Research Area policy
Research Assessment

To find out about EU-LIFE's work on research assessment, please visit our dedicated page here.

Open Science


Research careers in Europe


Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

To find out about EU-LIFE's work on research assessment, please visit our dedicated page here.


Research Infrastructures

To find out about EU-LIFE's work on research infrastructures, please visit our dedicated page here.

Bridging the gap between science policy and the global scientific community

Our position

EU-LIFE strongly stands for making the European Research Area a reality and advancing in open science. A healthy Research & Innovation ecosystem – through achieving ERA and progressing in open science - needs strong institutions and cannot fall solely on the shoulders of individual researchers or projects.

We advocate for the key role of research and innovation organizations in the implementation of ERA and promotion of excellent Open Science.

Why it’s important

Launched in 2000, the European Research Area (ERA) is at the heart of the common European policy for research, aiming at developing a “common market” for research and innovation in Europe and promoting a leading role for European research worldwide. As the overarching EU policy for research and innovation, ERA encapsulates a vision for future and shapes subsequent policies.

In 2021, the Council of the European Union presented a renewed ERA and adopted a Pact for Research and Innovation (R&I) in Europe setting out strategic priorities and a streamlined governance framework for the ERA, including an ERA policy agenda for 2022-2024. This agenda set out ERA actions to contribute to the priority areas defined in the Pact for R&I, and include among others: open sharing of knowledge, advance towards the reform of the research assessment, promote attractive and sustainable research careers, promote gender equality and foster inclusiveness, upgrade EU guidance for a better knowledge valorisation, strengthen research infrastructures in the ERA, promote international cooperation based on reciprocity, bring science closer to citizens, improve EU-wide access to excellence, and enhance the strategic capacity of Europe’s public research performing organisations. The implementation of the ERA Policy Agenda 2022-2024 is ongoing, in parallel with the design of the agenda for the years 2025-2027.

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