CORNET – pre-competitive Collective Research with national budgets

CORNET was initiated as an ERA-NET in 2005 and was until 2010 supported by the European Commission’s 6th and 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development. The major achievement constituted in the ERA-NET phase was the introduction of joint CORNET calls for proposals and the tests of various evaluation procedures. The CORNET partners have not only exchanged experiences in terms of existing national or regional funding schemes, but established new ones as well.

Since January 2011, CORNET is a self-sustained network coordinated by the German AiF F.T.K GmbH receiving financial means from the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The ERA-NET principle still applies for the joint CORNET calls for proposals: national or regional funding schemes and available national/regional budget are the bases of CORNET. The knowledge and trust gained within these many years of collaboration form the basis for an effective cooperative work among the CORNET partners. CORNET’s aim is to increase competitiveness of SMEs by funding international pre-competitive Collective Research projects and is open for new participants worldwide