Spreading excellence

QuantERA spreads research excellence across the European Research Area (ERA)

The QuantERA programme incorporates 17 Research Funding Organisations from 15 Widening Countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.

The Widening Countries list is defined by the European Commission as countries where the Composite Index of Research Excellence is less than 70% of the average value of this indicator for all EU countries. The idea derives from the objective of the actions introduced in Horizon 2020, aimed at increasing the participation of Widening Countries in international research activities and reducing their distance from more developed countries. Widening Countries have a very high scientific potential which can flourish through external support.

Projects with the involvement of Widening Countries

QuantERA sets up an exemplary role of the best practice concerning the spreading of excellence across the entire European R&I community, which is described in the ERA-LEARN publication: Inclusiveness in European R&I Partnership Programme.
QuantERA believes that an inclusive research culture fosters innovation and creativity across Europe.

This incentive to exploit the potential of a talent pool from less represented countries proved successful within the 2017, 2019 and 2021 QuantERA Calls, where 78% of the funded projects involved research teams from the Widening Countries.