The ANR joins the ERA-NET E-Rare-3 to launch a seventh call for proposals to fund transnational research projects on rare diseases. Seventeen countries from the European Research Area and abroad are joining this call: Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.
The aim of the call is to enable scientists in different countries to build an effective collaboration on a common interdisciplinary research project based on complementarities and sharing of expertise, with a clear translational research approach. Projects shall involve a group of rare diseases or a single rare disease following the European definition i.e. a disease affecting not more than five in 10.000 persons in the European Community, EC associated states and Canada.
Rare cancers, rare infectious diseases and rare adverse drug events in treatments of common diseases are excluded from the scope of this call. Equally are excluded Rare neurodegenerative diseases which are within the focus of the Joint Programming Initiative on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND; http://www.neurodegenerationresearch.eu/). These concern: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias; Parkinson’s disease (PD) and PD-related disorders; Prion disease; Motor neuron diseases (MND); Huntington’s Disease (HD); Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and dominant forms of Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). Interested researchers should refer to the relevant JPND calls.
The impact of the expected results on patients affected by rare diseases must be clearly stated. The transnational project should be based on complementarities and sharing of expertise, demonstrating a clear added value of the cooperation: gathering a critical mass of patients/biological material that would not be possible on a national level, sharing of resources (models, databases, diagnosis etc.), harmonization of data, sharing of specific know-how and/or innovative technologies, etc.
Each submitted proposal must involve a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 research groups from at least 3 different countries participating to this call (see list above). Applicants are encouraged to include partners from the participating Eastern European countries (Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Turkey). If they include such partners, the maximum number of partners can be increased to eight.
Funding is granted for a maximum of three years.
Attention: there were modification in the document « Guidelines for applicants » concerning Italian and Latvia participants. The updated document is available for download. (02/12/2015)
The submission and evaluation process will be managed by the E-Rare-3 Joint Call Secretariat (JCS) for the Joint Transnational Call 2015 (JTC 2015).
There will be a two-stage submission procedure:
Whilst applications will be submitted jointly by research groups from several countries, individual groups will be funded by the individual funding organisation of their country/region. French applicants are therefore subject to the ANR eligibility criteria and the funding of French applicants will be regulated according to the ANR rules. Please read carefully the “Annexe pour les participants Français” (see below).
Persons to contact at Joint Call Secretariat (2015) :
Dr. Michaela Girgenrath
+49 228 3821 1775
Dr. Michaela Fersch
+49 228 3821 1268
Dr. Ralph Schuster
+49 228 3821 1233