Research Agency


The central aim of the Research Agency is to facilitate respiratory research through the coordination and support of the respiratory research community, and to assist in its efforts to obtain funding.

Areas of activity

The research agency will act as an international umbrella to help improve respiratory research in four key areas:

  1. standards, guidance and training
  2. supporting researcher career development
  3. obtaining funding, coordinating research projects and clinical studies
  4. data
  5. For more details, read the ERJ Editorial.

Current activities

The Research Agency is in the initial phase of development. This includes, among others:

  • Conducting an audit of respiratory cohorts available: an online survey to members was done (results article)
  • Supporting research consortiums with Horizon2020 applications
  • Conducting a pilot project to demonstrate the value of pulling respiratory datasets together under the umbrella of the ERS Research Agency

All members of the respiratory community are welcome to get involved in the launch of the agency. More opportunities will be announced at a later stage.

Standards, Guidance and Training

For example: developing Europe‐wide standard protocols and forms for data sharing and consent to data storage; developing education and training programmes on research methods, from experimental techniques, to study design and statistics; or producing research guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Supporting researcher carreer development

For example: help establish new fellowship programmes; seek sponsors for fellowships; or develop partnerships with other funding bodies to increase the number of fellowships involved with respiratory research.

Obtaining funding, coordinate research projects and clinical research

For example: assisting in the design of research studies; supporting the development of proposals for funding at the EU level; Reviewing and approving studies – providing an “ERS seal of quality”; or coordinating the conduct of multi-¬‐national research projects and clinical studies. Artboard 4Icon For example: Ensuring the continuation of existing databases, registries, bio banks, and sample collections; providing for additional services around the data, such as the ability to search across several public and even legacy datasets; developing and running training on data handling and data analysis; generating guidelines, SOPs, template consent forms for collecting and handling data in compliance with the EU legal and regulatory framework; or establishing a central point to access datasets from multiple projects.

Increase your success in Horizon 2020 applications

The next call for Horizon 2020 applications will open in October and the ERS Research Agency is offering to support consortiums in preparing their bids. Utilising insights from experts, the ERS Research Agency will support a maximum of two consortiums by managing the development of project details and the project budget, as well as coordinating the writing of the proposal.

Proposals will be evaluated by the Science Council and applicants will be informed about decisions in July 2016.


Read ERJ editorial Read the ERS Research White Paper

ERS Research Agency working group

Carlos Robalo Cordeiro, ERS Secretary


Ian Adcock, Head of Assembly 4 Stefano Aliberti, Head of Assembly 10 Joan Soriano James Paton Werner Bill, ERS Executive Director Scott Wagers, external consultant (BioSciCounsulting) Carine Pannetier, ERS Director of Science and Education Celine Genton, ERS Scientific Activities manager, Research Agency Project Manager