Selected – 2012

E-Rare Joint Transnational Call (JTC 2012) for European Research Projects on Rare Diseases driven by Young Investigators

The ANR joins the ERA-NET E-Rare-2 to launch a forth call for proposals (CFP) to fund transnational research projects on rare diseases. Nine countries from the European Research Area are joining this call: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), France, Germany, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Spain and The Netherlands.

The aim of this CFP is to provide young, independent investigators the opportunity of building transnational collaborations in the field of rare disease research. Research proposals shall concern one or more rare diseases following the European definition (i.e. a disease affecting not more than five in 10.000 persons in the European Community). Rare infectious diseases, rare cancers and rare adverse drug events in treatments of common diseases are excluded from the scope of this call.

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.

Transnational research proposals must cover at least one of the following areas:

  • Collaborative research using patient databases and corresponding collections of biological material that would generally not be possible at a national scale, with well-defined scientific objectives, e.g.: definition of new nosological entities, epidemiological studies, genotype/phenotype correlations, natural history of diseases, characterization of the genetic/molecular basis of specific diseases, etc.
  • Genetic, epigenetic, and pathophysiological studies using innovative and shared resources, technologies and expertise.
  • Research on development of applications for diagnosis and therapies for rare diseases. Clinical trials will not be funded through this CFP.
  • Patient oriented research in the area of social and human sciences - e.g. psychological, psychosocial and behavioral research - as well as health services research and health economy research in the field of rare disorders.

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).

Funding is granted for a maximum of three years.

Opening : 2011-12-08 at 12:55 CET
Application Deadline : 2012-01-31 at 12:00 CET


The submission and evaluation process will be managed by the E-Rare-2 Joint Call Secretariat (JCS) for the Joint Transnational Call 2012 (JTC 2012).

There will be a two-stage submission procedure:

  • Joint pre-proposals (in English) must be uploaded to the submission website, which will be available from January 9th 2012. Submission (electronic submission only) must be completed before January 31st 2012 at 12h00 Central European time. Only the pre-proposals that will be selected by the international Scientific Evaluation Committee (SEC) will be invited to submit a full proposal.
  • Joint full applications (in English) will only be accepted from applicants who are invited by the JCS. Full-applications should be submitted electronically on the same submission website. The deadline for submission of full-applications (electronic submission only) is: May 24th 2012 at 12h00 Central European time.

Additional information can be found at the E-Rare website. The “Annexe pour les participants Français », in French, can be found at the ANR website (see above).

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 that is participating in the E-Rare-2 JTC 2012. Applicants are therefore subject to eligibility criteria of individual funding organisations. If selected for funding, each French partner involved in a given project will have to sign a grant with the ANR. 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 above).


Contact person at the ANR:
Dr. Natalia Martin
+ (33) (0) 1 73 54 81 33

Contact person at the Joint Call Secretariat:
Ignacio Baanante
Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain
+34 918222576



Consult the upcoming and current calls of the portal

The portal centralises all information on calls for proposals and calls for applications from ADEME, ANR, Inserm including ANRS, Anses and INCa. It provides a simplified access to upcoming and ongoing calls, giving a greater visibility to funding opportunities. Following their closing date, the calls remain published for a few months.


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