Who we are

The European Automotive Research Partners Association (EARPA) brings together the most prominent independent European R&D providers in the automotive sector.

The European Automotive Research Partners Association (EARPA) brings together the most prominent independent European R&D providers in the automotive sector.

EARPA helps enable organisations to actively contribute to the European Research Area and the future EU research and technological development funding programmes. EARPA currently has 59 members ranging from large and small commercial organisations to national institutes and universities.

EARPA is independent from any external body or institute and is only funded by its members’ fees and is governed by an Executive Board and a General Assembly. We work close cooperation with the automotive industry, the automotive suppliers, the oil industry as well as the European Institutions and the EU Member States. Learn more.

Before the creation of EARPA in 2002 there was not any kind of association of independent R&D organisations in the automotive sector. Accordingly, under the lead of AVL, FEV, IDIADA, IFP, Ricardo and TNO, the creation of EARPA was announced in November 2001 (EUCAR conference) and the legal process was set in motion. EARPA was legally established in July 2002.

Our Activities

To achieve its goals, EARPA provides to its Members or its counterparts (EU officials and other stakeholders) the following elements:

Effective EU Representation

Gain enhanced visibility in Europe through a central point of contact, the Secretariat in Brussels, dedicated to supporting members and engaging with EU stakeholders.

Targeted Information

Stay informed on the development of future EU RTD funding programs, project initiatives, joint programs, and ongoing projects through specialised information channels.

Discussion Platform

Participate in discussions and exchange views with automotive R&D providers in our Foresight Groups.

Strong Network

Build a robust network with relevant European institutions and industries.

Support for Initiatives

Receive support or participate in the initiation of new networks, EU projects, and consortia our Collaborative Research Groups.

European Automotive Research Partners Association

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EARPA brings together the most prominent independent European R&D
providers in the automotive sector.