The European Rare Disease Research Coordination and Support Action

The aim of the ERICA consortium, in which all 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs) take part, is to build on the strength of the individual ERNs and create a platform that integrates all ERNs research and innovation capacity.

Through knowledge sharing, engagement with stakeholders in the rare disease domain and assembly of transdisciplinary research groups working across the global health spectrum, ERICA strives to reach the following goals:

  • new intra- and inter-ERN rare disease competitive networks;
  • effective data collection strategies;
  • better patient involvement;
  • enhanced quality and impact of clinical trials;
  • increased awareness of ERNs innovation potential.

ERICA will strengthen research and innovation capacity by the integration of ERN research activities, outreach to European research infrastructures to synergistically increase impact and innovation. This will result in efficient access and safe therapies for the benefit of patients suffering from rare diseases and complex conditions.


Coordination Center
P.O. Box 9600

2300 RC   LEIDEN
The Netherlands

ERICA consortium

The ERICA consortium consists of 29 partners, amongst which all 24 ERNs, EURORDIS, the EJP RD, Orphanet, Mapi Trust Research, and EATRIS. The ERICA Project is coordinated by Alberto Pereira Arias (Endo-ERN coordinator, Leiden University Medical Center, NL). It will run from 1 March 2021 – 1 March 2025.