ERAWATCH is the European Commission's information platform on European, national and regional research and innovation systems and policies. Its main objectives are to support policy-making in the research and innovation field in Europe and to contribute to the realisation of the European Research Area (ERA). It is a long term joint initiative by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS), Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG-RTD) and in close collaboration with the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (DG-ENTR).
ERAWATCH serves the information needs of decision-makers, policy analysts and the wider research community. It presents up-to-date information and analysis on national, regional and EU level R&D policies, actors, organisations and programmes and contributes to the realisation of the ERA by identifying policy options and improving the coordination of scientific and technological activities.
ERAWATCH currently covers 61 countries: the 28 Member States of the European Union, 13 countries associated with the European Community's Research Framework Programme and 20 third countries. It also provides an overview of the research and innovation policies and initiatives at the European level.