VERA - Forward Visions on the European Research Area

The aim of VERA is to provide relevant intelligence and guidelines to adapt the governance of the European science, technology and innovation to the challenges brought by a shifting global environment and to guide setting of priorities in research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI) in Europe.

VERA gathers information from other RTDI forward looking sources and re-views worldwide long term trends to then develop scenarios for the evolution of the European Research Area (ERA), including its research capabilities and strategic options. Based on this, VERA provides a set of recommendations for future RTDI strategies and policy.

 Core objectives:

  • Open dialogue among ERA actor groups from society, industry, academia and policy in order to jointly discover shared visions and strategic options to accomplish ERA’s 2020 Vision.
  • Enhance participation of relevant actors in the dialogue on the strategic options for ERA.
  • Engage stakeholders in an appropriate manner and to ensure that international perspectives are integrated.


VERA is conceptualised as a continuously progressing two-way communication process among ERA actor groups from society, industry, academia and policy across domains, levels and regions. It is setting up a strategic conversation between these stakeholders that evolves through several carefully tailored stages in order to jointly discover shared visions and strategic options around the ERAs future perspectives towards 2020 and far beyond. VERA is exploring gradual evolution following from current patterns of change but is also explicitly embracing transformative and disruptive developments with a long-term horizon.

The VERA consortium consists of ten internationally renowned institutes from 10 EU countries involving a team of more than 20 researchers with outstanding expertise both in terms of relevant knowledge and forward looking methodology and excellent contacts with RTDI stakeholders in Europe and the world.

The public deliverables of the project (accessible PDF format):

D.1.1 Inventory of RTDI related forward looking activities (FLAs) (M8)

D.1.2 Typology of RTDI directed towards grand societal challenges (M10)

D.2 ERA Key Factors Report (M11)

D.3 ERA Scenario Report (M19)

D.4 ERA critical issues Discussion paper (M24)

D.5.1 ERA Strategic Debate-Concept (M23)

D.5.2 ERA Strategy-Map (M28)

D.5.3 ERA Policy Recommendations (M29)

D.6.1 ERA Fabric Map (M2,20,28)

D.6.1 ERA Fabric Map Update 1 (M20)

D.6.2 Communication Strategy (M5)

D.6.3 Interactive Website (M4)


Partner´s List:

  • Unitatea Executiva Pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii Si Inovarii
    Luciana BRATU
    Bucharest, Romania
  • Universiteit Twente
    Enschede, Netherlands
  • Université de Marne la Vallée
    Pascal JANOTS
    Marne la Vallée, France
  • Austrian Institute of Technology
    Susanne GIESECKE
    Vienna, Austria
  • University of Manchester
    Liz FAY
    Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus
    Torsti LOIKKANEN
    Espoo, Finland
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Scientificas
    Madrid, Spain
  • EU Joint Research Centre (IPTS)
    Vincenzo CARDARELLI
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Centre for Social Innovation
    Alexander DEGELSEGGER
    Vienna, Austria


Project VERA -Forward Visions on the European Research Area is funded under EU SSH 7th Framework Programme.

Project type
  • FP7
Country of the coordinating institution
Geographical focus
  • Europe
  • European Union (EU 27)
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
February 2012 - July 2014

Entry created by Danaja Lorencic on February 26, 2013
Modified on March 7, 2014