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Preliminary Announcement: a transnational call for proposals on Personalised Medicine to be open soon

The French National Research Agency, in partnership with 21 countries is set to launch a first Joint Transnational Call for proposals on “Research projects on Personalised Medicine – smart combination of pre-clinical and clinical research with data and ICT solutions” through the ERA-NET ERA PerMed. The call is cofunded by the European Commission and is likely to open in February 2018.

 The overall objectives of the ERA PerMed call are (i) to support translational research projects in the field of Personalised Medicine; (ii) to encourage and enable interdisciplinarity, in combining pre-clinical and/or clinical research with bio-informatics components and; (iii) to encourage collaboration between academia (research teams from universities, higher education institutions, public research institutions), clinical/public health research (research teams from hospital/ public health, healthcare settings and other healthcare organisations) and private partners e.g. SMEs (Small and Medium-size Enterprises).

This call for proposals includes 31 research funding organisations from the further 22 countries and regions: Austria, Canada (Quebec), Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany (Saxon), Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy (Lombardy), Latvia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain (Catalonia, Navarre), Sweden and Turkey. The available budget for this Call is 27 Mio€ (approx.).


Scope of the Call

Proposals must be interdisciplinary and clearly demonstrate the potential impact on PM as well as the added value of transnational collaboration. Each project proposal needs to tackle the two major research areas: The Research Area 1: Validation, pre-clinical and clinical biomedical research – Translating Basic to Clinical Research and Beyond and the Research Area 2: Data analysis, management and protection – Integrating Big Data and ICT Solutions” by addressing at least one module out of each research area:

·         Module 1A: Pre-clinical Research and/or Module 1B: Clinical Research from Research Area 1.

·         Module 2A: Data and ICT – Enabling Technology and/or Module 2B: Data and ICT – Towards application in health care from Research Area 2.


Both research areas and the four modules are equal in relevance for this call:




Consortium composition

Joint research proposals may be submitted by applicants belonging to one of the following categories, if eligible according to relevant national/regional funding organisations’ regulations for research funding:

A.     Academia (research teams working in universities, other higher education institutions) or research institutes;

B.      Clinical/public health sector (research teams working in hospitals/public health and/or other health care settings and health organisations). Participation of medical doctors in the research teams is encouraged;

C.      (Industry) Private partners, e.g. SMEs (small and medium-size enterprises).


Only transnational projects will be funded. Each consortium submitting a proposal must involve at least three partners eligible for funding coming from three different countries whose funders participate to the call (see list below). All three legal entities must be independent of each other. The maximum number of partners per project is six though not more than 2 eligible partners from the same country participating in the call will be accepted in one consortium.

Research groups not eligible to be funded (e.g. from non-funding countries or not fundable according to national/regional regulations of the participating funding organisation) may participate in transnational projects if they are able to secure their own funding. However, no more than one research group with own funding can be included in a consortium and the coordinator must be eligible to be funded by the participating funding organisations to this call.


At the full-proposal stage, a consortium might be increased up to seven partners in total only by inclusion of a partner coming from an underrepresented country. A list of underrepresented countries will be provided to coordinators invited for full-proposals submission.

Number of partners in the proposal*



(only by inclusion of one underrepresented country)






Maximum number of additional partners with own funding






Maximum number of partners per country






*minimum 3 partners eligible for funding from three different countries participating to the call


The call is likely to be launched in February 2018 with a submission deadline for pre-proposals in April 2018. Consortia to be invited for the full-proposal stage will have to submit their full proposal on July 5, 2018.


The information provided in this pre-announcement is indicative and may be subject to changes and is not legally binding to funding organisations. Additional funding organisations might join the call before the official publication.


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