The Collaborative Working Group on European Animal Health & Welfare Research (CWG) was formed in response to an initiative of the EU Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR). The Collaborative Working Group first met in Brussels in December 2005 and currently involves almost thirty funding organisations in over twenty countries.

Our goal is to establish a durable and focused network of research funders from Member and Associated States of the EU – providing a forum leading to improved collaboration on research prioritisation and procurement, creating the necessary critical mass and focus to deliver the animal health and welfare research needs of our policy makers and the European livestock industry.

CWG Objectives:

- Share information on research projects
- Coordinate research activities
- Work towards a common research agenda
- Work towards mutual research funding activities, in the field of animal health, fish health and those conditions which pose a threat to human health

Other activities include mapping the landscape in relation to provisions of research facilities, including expertise and micro organism collection.

The activities of the CWG Animal Health Subgroup were accelerated and built upon through the European Commission funded project EMIDA (Coordination of European Research on Emerging and Major Infectious Diseases of Livestock) which also saw the establishment of the Foresight & Programming Unit (FPU).  EMIDA began in April 2008 and is set to end on 31 December 2011.

A new ERA-NET expanding the scope of EMIDA to include animal welfare is set to begin in January 2012. This project is called ANIHWA and will complement the activities of the CWG.