SOLAR-ERA.NET is a network bringing together more than 20 RTD and innovation programmes in the field of solar electricity technologies in the European Research Area. The network of national and regional funding organizations has been established in order to increase transnational cooperation between RTD and innovation programmes and to contribute to achieving the objectives of the Solar Europe Industry Initiative (SEII) through dedicated transnational activities.
Launching joint calls covering topics in photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) is the key activity of SOLAR-ERA.NET. Innovative project proposals are sought on transnational level between different European countries strengthening the competitive position of the European solar power industry.
SOLAR-ERA.NET launched the first Cofund Joint Call on 5 December 2016. Eleven countries participate in this call: Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom. The overall funding budget is approx. 19 MEUR. Deadline for preproposal submission was 20 February 2017. 48 preproposals were submitted.