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European Research Area Platform

Stakeholder Organisations

EU-level R&I umbrella organisations are integrated actors within the ERA governance structure. These stakeholders are grouped along seven categories. Each stakeholder category is represented by one of its members in the ERA Forum as observer.

The following categories of stakeholders are represented in the ERA Forum:

Universities and other higher education institutions


Research and technology performing organisations

Represented by EASSH - The European Alliance of Social Sciences and Humanities

R&I-intensive businesses, including SMEs

Represented by BUSINESS EUROPE

Individual researchers and innovators, including at early and middle stages of their carriers

Represented by a researcher from MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY

Research infrastructures

Represented by the ERIC FORUM

R&I-funding organisations 

Represented by SCIENCE EUROPE

Academies of sciences

Represented by ALLEA - All European Academies

In addition, the European Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee are represented as observers in the ERA Forum.



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