With the publication of “The Netherlands’ contribution to the European Research Area”, the Netherlands gives an overview of Dutch actions that contribute to the further development of the European Research Area. The Dutch stakeholders VSNU, KNAW, NWO and NFU contributed to the document and underlined the importance of the ERA.

Dutch contributions for realising the ERA

Contributions of The Netherlands for the ERA

The Dutch government gives an overview of its goals, targets and actions for the further development of the European Research Area (ERA) in the document “The Netherlands’ contribution to the European Research Area”. These goals and actions are divided per ERA (sub)priority and summarise existing Dutch policies, such as the 2025 Vision for Science, letters to the Dutch Parliament on open science and Annual Enterprise Policy Progress Reports.

Dutch stakeholders want to make the ERA a reality

The publication includes a contribution from Dutch stakeholders. These are the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU). These stakeholders welcome the concept of the ERA as an instrument to connect and open up European research systems. In their contribution, an overview is given of policies, actions and programmes taken by them.

2025 Vision for Science

The goals and actions are based on the 2025 Vision for Science wherein the Dutch government sets out science ambitions for 2025. With this agenda, the Netherlands aim to maintain the prominent international role of Dutch science. The ambitions for 2025 are:

  1. Dutch science is of worldwide significance.
  2. Dutch science has even closer ties with society and the private sector; it has maximum impact.
  3. Dutch science continues to be a breeding ground for top talent.


The document is subsequent to the adoption of the ERA Roadmap 2015-2020 by the Competitiveness Council in May 2015. It is published ahead of the ministerial lunch on the ERA on 27 May 2016, as part of the Competitiveness Council. All Member States have to publish a national ERA roadmap before the summer of 2016. The European Commission will publish their next ERA monitoring report in 2016 based on the national roadmaps and the ERA indicators of the European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC).