Governance of ERA4CS

Representation of the governance structures of ERACS and their connexions

General Assembly (GA)

  • The General Assembly is composed of one representative from each partner organisation participating in the ERA4CS Consortium.
  • The General Assembly is chaired by the ERA4CS Coordinator, with vice-chairs identified and elected by the consortium each year at the first General Assembly meeting.
  • The General Assembly is the decision-making body for matters related to the Additional Activities and the evolution of the consortium.
  • The General Assembly meets at least once a year.

Executive Board (EB)

  • The Executive Board is composed of the Coordinator and the Work Package (WP) leaders.
  • The Executive Board supervises the work made by the Coordinating Unit and reports to the GA. It helps the Coordinator supervise the WPs and tasks and ensure the coherence of the ERA-NET as a whole.
  • The Executive Board meets at least four times a year, either physically or virtually depending on the needs.

Cash Management Board (CMB)

  • The CMB is composed of one representative from each partner organisation participating in the cash topic of the joint call (topic A).
  • The CMB is the decision-making body for the cash topic of the joint call. Members of the CMB cannot apply to the joint call.
  • The CMB will propose experts for the evaluation process of the joint call.

In-Kind Management Board (KMB)

  • The KMB is composed of one representative from each partner organisation participating in the in-kind topic of the joint call (topic B).
  • The KMB is the decision-making body for the in-kind topic of the joint call.
  • Full members of the KMB, involved in the build-up of the topic and the eligibility process, cannot apply to the in-kind topic of the joint call. Deputy members not involved in these particular processes can still apply.
  • The KMB will not take part in the evaluation process of the joint call, to avoid conflicts of interest.

General Assembly limited to the Funding Parties

  • The CMB and KMB together correspond to the General Assembly limited to the Funding Parties.
  • Outside the prerogatives of either CMB or KMB, this Assembly is the decision-making body for matters related to the joint call.

Coordination unit (CU)

  • The Coordination Unit is based at ANR and composed of the coordinator, the executive manager, the Joint Call Secretariat (JCS) and the financial & administrative officer.
  • The Coordination Unit continuously supports the General Assembly, the JCS, the WP leaders and all other partners of ERA4CS in fulfilling their duties according to the work plan.
  • The Coordination Unit is supervised by the Executive Board.

Joint Call Secretariat (JCS)

  • The JCS, part of the Coordination Unit at ANR, is in charge of coordinating the preparation and evaluation of the joint call.
  • The coordinator monitors all actions taken by the JCS, within the Coordination Unit.

External Advisory Board

  • In addition to the above, the JPI Climate Transdisciplinary Advisory Board  will be consulted as an external advisory board for ERA4CS.
  • For this purpose, the JPI Climate Transdisciplinary Advisory Board will invite representatives of Climate-KIC, Copernicus and the European Environment Agency.
  • The board will bring an independent vision of stakeholders on developments and new challenges on climate services.
  • The people from this board consulted in the build-up of the joint call cannot apply to it.