ERA AGE 2

Afin de poursuivre la démarche de coordination et d’optimisation de la recherche sur le vieillissement engagée au niveau européen dans le cadre du projet ERA-AGE 1 ( mars 2004 à mars 2009), la Commission Européenne a décidé sa reconduction, pour une durée de trois ans. Ce programme réunit treize organismes (représentants 11 pays) qui financent des programmes de recherche sur le vieillissement (voir).

Project Outline

The European Research Area in Ageing 2 (ERA-AGE 2) is a three year project funded by the European Commission, under the Seventh Framework Programme. ERA-AGE 2 aims to continue the work of the highly successful ERA-AGE which ended in February 2009 after 5 years under the Sixth Framework Programme. The project will secure, for the long term, the future of the European Research Area in ageing research and launch Europe’s first joint research programme on ageing. All partners are also committed to delivering the second round of the pioneering FLARE programme, progressively expanding the partnership and developing the resources on research infrastructure

The aim of ERA-AGE 2 is to enlarge the consortium to a critical mass and use this to mount Europe’s first ageing research programme supported principally by the Member States : the New European Dynamics of Ageing Programme (NEDA).

ERA-AGE 2 comprises thirteen partners who are each public authorities responsible for the funding and coordination of national research programmes, and has recently recruited four associate partners . In addition, the project has four associate partner organisations to enable and maximise the sharing of experiences and build a critical mass of ageing research . The network is coordinated by the UK representative The New Dynamics of Ageing Programme and it is supported by a steering group comprising of research managers, scientists, and representatives from the European Commission.

Objectives

- Develop and implement the framework for a second call for the FLARE postdoctoral programme (FLARE 2), based on the highly successful implementation of the first FLARE call.
- Provide the continuing European framework for the existing FLARE programme by arranging networking opportunities for the post-doctoral fellows, including Summer Schools and an online discussion group
- Ensure that the key stakeholders regionally, nationally and European are engaged in the activities of ERA-AGE and, thereby, contributing to the research response to the ageing challenge. The priority stakeholders are from the societal and political arenas. ERA-AGE’s dissemination activities will be geared in these directions.
- Continue ERA-AGE essential knowledge transfer activities including further development of its databases aimed at providing evidence for policy, practice and product development in response to the ageing challenge.
- Engage the majority of European countries as ERA-AGE members following an explicit programme of engagement and clear eligibility criteria.
- Ensure a lasting basis for strategic collaboration between the ERA-AGE partners.
- Develop the framework for and agree an open memorandum of understanding concerning the NEDA programme to follow ERA-AGE 2, covering partner responsibilities, methods and levels of funding. Activities

To achieve the objectives of ERA-AGE a series of joint activities and events have been designed to share knowledge and good practice and encourage new forms of transnational collaboration.

Key stages of the project

- develop and deliver FLARE 2
- undertake an extensive networking and community building programme
- engage with the various stakeholders in the ageing field
- create the basis for a major programme (NEDA)
- progressively extend the membership of ERA-AGE
- continue coordinating the current FLARE postdoctoral research programme
- maintain existing ERA-AGE databases and the development of new ones.

Partner profiles

The membership of ERA-AGE is based upon two categories : partners, which are those public authorities who fund, manage and implement coherent, strategically planned national research programmes on ageing, and associate members who are public authorities who manage and fund research on ageing. All of the members of the network are committed to carrying out the five main objectives of the ERA-AGE and to the ultimate aim of a European Research Area in this field. Initially the ERA-AGE project consisted of nine partners and five associate members. In January 2005 the project was successful in gaining extended funding from Framework Programme Six ERA-NET to bring on board three new partners - Germany, Israel and Italy. All of the partner and associate organisations in the ERA-AGE network are key players in research management and funding in their respective countries and they have a history of European and international cooperation. They bring their unique expertise and specific research fields to the network. They also have specific clusters of expertise which collectively constitutes a broad representation of all aspects of ageing research.

Voir en ligne : ERA-AGE Database