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Scientific coordinator of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform and Vice-Chair of BiodivERsA ERA-NET. Research interests: science-policy and science-society interfacing, biodiversity, research strategies, horizon scanning.
PowerCell, with the help of a funding granted by the Swedish Energy Agency of 7 MSEK, will develop a hydrogen-powered range extender for electric vehicles based on fuel cell technology in European ERA-NET project.
This third joint call allocates EUR8.5m over a period of three years to relevant research projects, provided by ERA-NET PathoGenoMics partner organisations from Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.
ERA-NET Plus projects are similar, in how they pool national and EU funding, to the so-called Article 169 initiatives' that have already been launched or proposed by the Commission (see Europolitics 3420 and 3270).
The main initiative this has so far led to at EU level is the ERA-NET scheme.
It forms part of the ERA-NET action (aimed at furthering close and lasting ties between national research programmes pursuing common goals), which brings together 11 research organisations and regional authorities from the tropical and sub-tropical regions of five member states (France, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom).
This implies boosting the resources available to ERA-NET activities (a network for national programmes).
The report also proposes entrusting the integration of R&D actions to existing inter-governmental networks like ERA-NET and Eureka.
It also demands that the exchange of good practice between regions and networking should be supported by specific instruments dedicated to the regions (the CPMR holds up as an example the ERA-Net initiative financed under the FP6 for promoting coordination of research work undertaken at national or regional level).