ERANet-LAC was funded by the European Commission, within the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technology Development (FP7). The project supported the implementation of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI) between the EU Member States and Associated Countries and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
It strengthens the bi-regional partnership in Science, Technology and Innovation by planning and implementing concrete joint activities and by establishing an innovative and sustainable framework for future bi-regional joint activities.

The aim of the ERANet-LAC Joint Calls is to start new, sustainable and multilateral research cooperation between researchers from Europe, Latin-America and the Caribbean countries.
The goal of the Joint Transnational Calls is to create long-term collaboration between EU Member States and/or Associated Countries, Latin-American and Caribbean countries by submitting transnational calls in research and innovation.

After the project ERANet-LAC had been concluded, The EU-CELAC Interest Group was established. The EU-CELAC Interest Group is composed by 28 funding agencies from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe wishing to collaborate in bi-regional science, technology and innovation (STI), and the implementation of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area through joint actions.

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The NCBR has participated in two ERANet-LAC Joint Calls

  • 2nd ERANet-LAC Joint Call was closed in March 2016. The NCBR participated in the following thematic areas:


Topic 2: Waste management, recycling and urban mining


Topic 3: Biorefinery - Fractionation and valorisation of residual biomass to intermediate and/or final high added value bioproducts

Topic 4: Biorefinery - Lignocellulosic biorefinery platform: Production of high-value bio-based products


Topic 6: Solar thermal energy - Energy storage technologies


Topic 7: Cancer - Improving the quality of care and quality of life of dying cancer patients

Topic 8: Infectious diseases - Research in prevention of infectious diseases and promotion of well-being

Eight successful projects with participation of Polish institutions received funding.

  • 3rd ERANet-LAC Joint Call was closed in March 2018. The NCBR participated in the following thematic areas:

BIODIVERSITY: Observatories' network on biodiversity and climate change: Coordinating data acquisition and fostering data access and transfer
BIOECONOMY / BIOREFINERIES: Biorefinery: Intermediate and/or high added value bioproducts

ICT platform for Learning and Inclusion
ICT for urban sustainability: Nature-based Solutions, citizen science and systemic urban planning

Four successful projects with participation of Polish institutions were recommended for funding.

Ewelina Wildner
Department of International Cooperation
The National Centre for Research and Development
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