Universities  are  a  crucial  stakeholder  of  the  European Research Area - ERA.  They  have  a  prominent  role  in knowledge  production  and  dissemination  (education,  training  and  innovation)  and are also one of the most important employers of researchers. Within the ERA they are receivers of funds (and  co-funders) for research, infrastructure and also coordination of research related activities. This is respectively the case, for instance, for the Cooperation programme of the FP7, the Capacities programme of the FP7, or the ERA-NET scheme. (Source: ERA Fabric Map, VERA Project)