Ministry of the Armed Forces call for projects to combat COVID-19

The Ministry of the Armed Forces is launching a call for projects for innovative solutions to combat COVID-19. The projects must be of sufficient technological maturity to be employable during the current pandemic. A budget of €10,000,000 including tax is earmarked for this call for projects, which aims to finance one to several projects of interest.

Deadline for submission of applications: Proposals are expected and evaluated on a rolling basis until 12 April 2020. Late proposals may be considered but the chances of success will be greatly reduced.

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Rare diseases research challenges call for proposals

The French Foundation for Rare Diseases, partner of the European Joint Programme for Rare Diseases EJPRD, is pleased to announce the launch of the Rare Diseases Research (RDR) Challenges call.

The main objective of this innovative call is to facilitate and fund collaborative projects between industry, academia, SMEs and patient organisations to solve specific research challenges in the field of therapeutic development. 

The total budget of 1,5 M€ will allow 4 projects to be funded. Once selection of projects is completed, the industry sponsors who were involved in the challenges definition, will join and co-fund the granted projects.

The 4 Challenges and their sponsors are:

Challenge 1: Development of a non-invasive tool for measuring rare disease patient mobility in daily living. Sponsors: Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A. (Italy), CSL Behring (Australia)

Challenge 2: Delivery system for intranasal administration of biological drugs to neonates. Sponsor: Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A. (Italy)

Challenge 3: Characterize Rare Bone Disorders (RBD) Mobility Challenges in Real World Setting. Sponsor: Ipsen

Challenge 4: Pre-clinical assay to detect instability of microsatellite repeat expansions. Sponsors: Pfizer, Cydan

The consortium submitting an application for a RDR Challenge budget must involve a minimum of two eligible applicants: researchers and/or health care professionals and/or SME(s) and/or patient advocacy organization(s), from at least two different countries participating in the EJP RD at the time of the application. The maximum duration of the project is 30 months, with first milestones/deliverables at 18 months.

Deadline for online submission is June 30th, 2PM CEST. 

Following the Networking Event that took place in Paris on March 3, 2020, the BtoB tool remains open for registration and matchmaking expertises. It is mandatory to contact the industry sponsor in order to validate relevance and adequacy of the concept. 

Please find enclosed the call text and the FAQ.

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Call for research projects Human and Social Sciences & Rare Diseases

The Rare Diseases Foundation proposes for its eighth call for research projects “Human and Social Sciences & Rare Diseases” a new format; it will support pilot projects or extensions of projects, lasting a maximum of 6 to 18 months, for a maximum budget of €30,000. Projects will have to formulate a research question, the benefits of which will be transferable to other diseases, involving at least one SHS research team, one medical team specialising in rare diseases and one patient organisation. Finally, the applicant must be an expert in the SHS field (text of the call for proposals).
The application is made online via the Rare Diseases Foundation’s call for projects portal (create an account, complete the form and submit a project).
Deadline for submission of applications: May 26, 2020, 17:00.


Networking Support Scheme (NSS)

The objective of the EJP-RD’s Networking Support Scheme (NSS) is to encourage the sharing of knowledge on rare diseases and rare cancers between healthcare professionals, researchers and patients. This call also aims to enable and/or increase the participation of traditionally under-represented European countries in new and existing research networks.
The programme will provide financial support to applicants to foster the organisation of workshops or conferences on new or existing/expanding research networks to strengthen collaborations and enable the exchange of knowledge. These workshops or conferences must focus on innovative research and solutions, and on strengthening collaborations between different stakeholders. The number of participants is not limited, but the maximum budget that can be requested is EUR 30 000. The call for applications is open continuously.
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Calls for national projects funded by DGOS
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