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    The second European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) Research Training Workshop Call is now open (from August 31st - September 28th, 2020)!

    The goal of the workshops is to train researchers and clinicians affiliated to ERN-Full  Members or Affiliated Partners in relevant topics on rare diseases research. Training themes may include innovative research methodologies, diagnostic research methodologies, interdisciplinary treatment approaches, such as gene therapy and transplantation, etc. Providing a cross-ERN added value is highly desired.

    The workshops will be delivered as two-day events. Topics can be proposed by clinicians/investigators affiliated to ERN-institutions or EJP RD beneficiaries.  As of 2021, there will be two deadlines for workshop topic applications per year, in January and June.

    Topics will be selected taking into consideration several elements such as:

    • Addressing cross-cutting issues relevant for ERNs
    • Multidisciplinary topics
    • Fostering collaboration (within and between ERNs)
    • No overlap with other EJP RD training activities
    • Relevance of the topic for the ERN(s)
    • Benefits for the RD community
    • Appropriate training methodology

    The workshops selected for funding will be attended only by individuals affiliated to ERN institutions. Participants will be selected by the coordinator of the ERN managing institution and the workshop organizer based on pre-defined criteria. The costs for the workshop organization will be covered up to a limit of € 25,000.

    Applicants/Application profile:

    The applicant submitting workshop topics must fit one of the following:

    • Affiliated to any EJP RD beneficiary institution. The list of EJP RD beneficiary organizations can be found here 
    • Affiliated to an ERN full member. The list of full ERN members per country and per network can be found here
    • Affiliated to an ERN Affiliated Partner institution at the time when the application is submitted, as well as during the period of the execution of the workshop.


    Deadline to apply is September 28th, 2020

    For the full call text please click here

    More information on the call here

  • Thu

    The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom -2020-2 eHealth call (implemented by The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)) was published on June 30th, 2020!

    Read the call document here

    The actions funded under this call for proposals should contribute to:

    • The continued use of the ERN Collaborative Platform (ECP) and of the Clinical
      Patient Management System (CPMS), which facilitate access to highly
      specialised knowledge and care for patients suffering from rare and complex
    • The improvement of current functionalities and adding of new functionalities to
      the ERN Clinical Patient Management System, which will enhance the possibility
      to collect and analyse clinical data across borders to support public health and
      research, and also better adapt the CPMS to the ERN specific clinical needs.
    • The promotion of the European Reference Networks within the medical
      community by suitable learning and training activities.


    Deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday 5 November 2020 (5PM Brussels time).

    Evaluation of proposals November 2020 – January 2021 (indicative)

    Consultation of the CEF Committee March – April 2021 (indicative)

    Adoption of the Selection Decision April 2021 (indicative)

    VASCERN will be submitting a proposal in order to ensure the continuation and improvement of the IT services offered to our members (helpdesk, eLearning activities, monitoring system support, and other IT related activities).

    A 2020-2 CEF Telecom call virtual Info Day will occur on 16 July 2020.

    More information on the call can be found here

  • Mon

    A preliminary announcement for the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) Joint Transnational Call (JTC) 2021 has just been released!

    The topic for this next call will be “Social sciences and Humanities Research to improve health care implementation and everyday life of people living with a rare disease”

    Transnational research proposals must cover at least one of the following areas, which are equal in relevance for this call:

    • Health & social care services research to improve patient and familial/household health outcomes
    • Economic Impact of Rare diseases
    • Psychological and Social Impact of Rare diseases
    • Studies addressing the impact/burden of the delay in diagnosis and of the lack of therapeutic intervention.
    • e-Health in rare diseases: Use of innovative technology systems for care practices in health and social services
    • Development and enhancement of health outcomes research methods in rare diseases
    • Effects of pandemic crisis and the global outbreak alert and response on the rare disease field, and the emergence of innovative care pathways in this regard.

    Each consortium submitting a proposal must involve at least three principal investigator partners from at least three different countries that are joining this Call JTC 2021. The maximum duration of the project is 3 years.

    The call is scheduled to open in December, with a pre-proposal submission deadline in February. More information to come soon...stay tuned!

    Find the full preliminary announcement here

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