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The first phase of the EMRP was known as iMERA-Plus (implementing Metrology in the European Research Area) and was successfully launched in 2007. It was one of the first of a new type of medium-sized action launched under FP7 (ERA-NET Plus), which aimed at aligning and enhancing national programmes. Resources from the publicly funded metrology laboratories from around 19 European countries, plus the European Commission’s measurement institute (IRMM) were committed within a single joint call for metrology research projects. In total, 64.6 M € of resources were brought together, with the European Commission providing 21 M € of funding, the balance provided from national resources.

The two-step call ran between May and December 2007, and pivoted on independent peer review and selection of the very best metrology research proposals. A total of 21 collaborative projects were launched in four targeted programmes, each project chosen for the quality of science and potential to make a significant contribution in its field. The successful JRPs were launched between February and July 2008 and ran for three years.

The 21 iMERA-Plus projects produced a wide range of significant impacts in metrology, industry and other fields of research, as well as contributing to the redefintion of a number of SI units. Following completion of the projects, EURAMET displayed a series of posters at the International Congress of Metrology 2011. The posters highlighted the need for funding, the technical acheivements and the impacts of each of the 21 projects.

To view the posters please visit the EMRP Publicity page where they can be downloaded.


Joint Research Projects (JRP)

Each JRP is listed below, and a short summary is available as a PDF. Some JRPs have established websites, in which case a link is provided.

Theme 1: SI and Fundamental Metrology
Number Short Name Full Name Resources JRP Coordinator
T1.J1.1 e-Mass The watt balance route towards a new definition of the kilogram Summary


Dr Gérard Genevès (LNE)
T1.J1.2 NAH Avogadro and molar Planck constants for the redefinition of the kilogram Summary

Project Website

Dr Giovanni Mana (INRIM)
T1.J1.3 REUNIAM Foundations for a redefinition of the SI base unit ampere Summary Dr Franz Ahlers (PTB)
T1.J1.4 Boltzmann constant Determination of the Boltzmann constant for the redefinition of the kelvin Summary

Project website

Dr Joachim Fischer (PTB)
T1.J2.1 OCS Optical clocks for a new definition of the second Summary Dr Pierre Lemonde (LNE)
T1.J2.3 qu-Candela Candela: towards quantum-based photon standards Summary

Project website

Dr Maria Rastello (INRIM)
Theme 2: Health
T2.J02 Breath analysis Breath analysis as a diagnostic tool for early disease detection Summary Dr Adriaan van der Veen (VSL)
T2.J04 Regenmed Metrology on a cellular scale for regenerative medicine Summary

Project website

Dr Paul Tomlins (NPL)
T2.J06 Brachytherapy Increasing cancer treatment efficacy using 3D brachytherapy Summary

Project website

Dr Maria Pia Toni (ENEA)
T2.J07 EBCT External Beam Cancer Therapy Summary Dr Ulrike Ankerhold (PTB)
T2.J10 TRACEBIOACTIVITY Traceable measurements for biospecies and ion activity in clinical chemistry Summary Dr Bernd Güttler (PTB)
T2.J.11 CLINBIOTRACE Traceability of Complex Biomolecules and Biomarkers in Diagnostics - Effecting Measurement Comparability in Clinical Medicine Summary Dr Helen Parkes (LGC)
Theme 3: Length
T3.J1.1 Nanoparticles Traceable Characterisation of Nanoparticles Summary Dr Alexandre Cuenat (NPL)
T3.J1.4 NANOTRACE New Traceability Routes for Nanometrology Summary

Project website

Dr Marco Pisani (INRIM)
T3.J2.2 NIMTech Metrology for New Industrial Measurement Technologies Summary

Project website

Dr Frank Härtig (PTB)
T3.J3.1 Long distance Absolute long distance measurement in air Summary

Project website

Dr Jean-Pierre Wallerand (CNAM)
Theme 4: Electricity and Magnetism
T4.J01 Power & Energy Next generation of power and energy measuring techniques Summary

Project website

Dr Paul Wright (NPL)
T4.J02 NanoSpin Nanomagnetism and Spintronics Summary

Project website

Dr Massimo Pasquale (INRIM)
T4.J03 JOSY Next generation of quantum voltage systems for wide range applications Summary Dr Ralf Behr (PTB)
T4.J04 ULQHE Enabling ultimate metrological Quantum Hall Effect (QHE) devices Summary Dr Félicien Schopfer (LNE)
T4.J07 EMF and SAR Traceable measurement of field strength and SAR for the Physical Agents Directive Summary Dr Thorsten Schrader (PTB)


All JRP summaries