The ERA Fellowships Programme
As part of the national strategy for the European Research Area (ERA) Germany is expanding its collaboration with the EU13 member states. These include Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The ERA Fellowships programme supports capacity building in the field of science management in the EU13 and strengthens networking with German research organisations and universities.
ERA Fellowships: The EU13 Fellows
During their guest stay at a German research institution or university (host institution) fellows participating in the programme gather practical experience in the field of scientific management. Fellows have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge within this field and exchange views on scientific management procedures and processes on an expert level. Before a fellowship begins a structured practice plan will be agreed upon in collaboration with the German host institution.
ERA Fellowships: German Host Institutions
In science international networking is an important criterion for success. The management and administration of scientific institutions plays a vital role in facilitating international cooperations of their researchers. The ERA Fellowships programme supports German scientific organizations and universities in establishing new or strengthening existing networks.
ERA Fellowships: Campus Weeks
In addition to the guest stay at a host organization the programme features a theoretical part. In two weeks on campus EU13 fellows and interested staff from host organizations will participate in a dedicated training programme on core aspects of science management and the European Research Area (ERA). This will be another opportunity to intensify professional exchange and networking. The Campus Weeks take place in Berlin and Bonn.
ERA Fellows 2016 meet in Berlin
On 24 November 2017, the DLR Project Management Agency and the Berlin Social Science Center welcomed the grantees of the first ERA Fellowship in Berlin. In 2016, the ERA Fellows had stayed at German organisations for several months and taken part in two weeks on campus in Berlin and Bonn to further their expertise in science management. The Fellows’ participation in the national Conference on the European Research Area on 10 October 2016 constituted the highlight of the campus weeks.
Looking back, the Fellows reported many good experiences, new networks, joint Horizon 2020 projects and project proposals as well as cooperations between the Fellows and their host organisations.
Campus week Berlin
The Berlin campus week started with the national ERA conference of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The campus week furthermore included lectures, presentations and interactive exercises on Open Science and technology transfer as well as a roundtable discussion with Members of the German Parliament.
Campus week Bonn: Application in Horizon2020 and Funding sources
At the beginning of their guest stay in Germany the ERA Fellows and their hosts came together in Bonn for the first Campus week.
Main topics of the lectures, presentations and workshops were application in Horizon2020, the internationalization strategies of the research institutions, international research infrastructures and the identification of further funding sources.