European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)

The key objective of EERA is to accelerate the development of new energy technologies by conceiving and implementing Joint Research Programmes in support of the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) plan by pooling and integrating activities and resources, combining national and Community sources of funding and maximising complementary initiatives.

Overall EERA aims

  • Accelerate the development of energy technologies by providing joint programmes of research to support the SET plan
  • Encourage and enable collaboration across Europe by facilitating the integration of research capabilities across the EU
  • Develop links and sustained partnerships with industry to strengthen the interplay between research outcomes and innovation
General Overview of EERA

EERA Joint Programmes of Research

Within EERA research activities are undertaken through Joint Programmes (JP) where a research organisation join institutions in other European countries to work on shared priority setting and research projects. The EERA JPs are aligned with the priorities for low carbon technologies defined in the SET-Plan. The aim of the EERA JPs is to gradually evolve into fully operational virtual research institutes. This will speed up the development of new low carbon technologies.

EERA 2015 Joint Programme Factsheet

How is UK Participation in EERA Supported?

The Research Councils wish to encourage UK researchers to participate in the EERA collaborative programmes where this will add value to current UK energy research efforts.

Potential participants will be expected to contribute all or part of existing Research Council funded projects into the collaborative programmes. This must come from research expenditure only - not training.

The Councils anticipate this might require some modification of existing project plans and are ready to consider this. In doing so they will expect the objectives of each existing project to remain broadly unchanged.

UKERC will be happy to discuss potential participation with UK researchers and offer advice on the likely fit of proposed activities to existing projects. However, UKERC does not offer funding from its own resources, nor does so on behalf of the Research Councils.

Ground Rules from EPSRC

As the EPSRC will cover the cost of participation for UK researchers in EERA some rules for participation have been established, which should be followed: 

  • Any contribution to an EERA JP should go through ‘EPSRC acting though UKERC’
  • This means the project needs to open for participation from any UK academic working in the relevant field
  • Travel money must be self funded/come from grants and PhD students should not form part of the contribution
  • Research councils funded research must not be involved in any participation other than ‘EPSRC acting through UKERC’
  • Researchers are allowed to use EPSRC awards for participation in EERA, providing the objectives of grant are not substantially changed in order to do this

UK Involvement 

Currently the UK is involved in 15 of the 17 existing joint programmes and across the UK 21 institutions are involved, which equates to approximately 200 FTE researchers.

Information on all of the ongoing Joint Programmes is available in the side bar and if you would like to get involved please contact Michael Weston, UKERC Operations Manager, michael.weston@ukerc.ac.uk.