The aim of ERICA is to establish a structural framework in support of the research activities of the ERNs. ERICA will promote inter-ERN research activities and establish firm collaborative ties with existing European and international infrastructures and consortia involved in rare disease research and innovation. The formation of this coordinated support structure will stimulate clinical research activities and leverage the cost efficiency of rare disease research in Europe and beyond, contributing to earlier diagnosis and better management for patients with rare diseases and conditions.
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.