Coordinating energy research for a low carbon Europe

European Common Research and Innovation Agendas (ECRIAs)

The European Common Research and Innovation Agenda (ECRIA) is a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) under Horizon 2020.

Main characteristics of an ECRIA project:

  • Aim: creating a transnational critical mass of research capacity in an emergent area of research
  • Limited number of research topics related to an integration aspect of the energy system
  • Limited to a small number of clear and concrete deliverables
  • Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 2 to 5
  • Combination of national and European funding
  • Agendas to cover at least three years
  • Activities to lay the foundations for long-lasting future cooperation by building a transnational critical mass in the funded research areas
  • Exchange of researchers to facilitate co-operation
  • Shared use of existing research facilities, models and databases


Four ECRIA projects currently ongoing, each involving one or more EERA Joint Programmes:

EERA aisbl is a partner in the consortium of the ECRIAs INSHIP and SmILES.