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18 December - 25 February 2020

Research project grant for international collaboration within rare diseases (EJP Rare diseases)

This grant aims to support international collaboration within the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (RJP RD) Call for Proposals 2020: Pre-clinical research to develop effective therapies for rare diseases. Sweden, via the Swedish Research Council, is one of the countries taking part in the EJP RD call, which rewards research of the highest scientific quality in international competition.

Support form: Project support 

Subject area: Clinical Therapy Research, Medicine and Health

Focus: EJP RD: Rare diseases 

Applicant: Individual researcher who participates as one of maximum two Swedish project leaders in a consortium with partners from at least four participating countries. Only researchers at an administrating organisation approved by the Swedish Research Council may apply.

Grant period: 3 years

Grant amount: Maximum total 450 000 EUR per project with 1 Swedish participant, maximum total 600 000 EUR per project with 2 Swedish participants.

Start of grant period: January 2021

Call deadline:
Outline application:
For the consortium application to EJP RD: 18 February 2020 14.00/2 p.m.)
For the Swedish project leader’s application in Prisma: 25 February 2020 (14.00/2 p.m.)

Full application:
For the consortium application to EJP RD: 16 June 2020 14.00/2 p.m.)
For the Swedish project leader’s application in Prisma: 23 June 2020 (14.00/2 p.m.)

Publication of grant award: No later than the end of November 2020

Please note:

  • If you are participating as a Swedish applicant/partner in an international consortium, you must submit a parallel application to the Swedish Research Council. This is a national eligibility requirement that must be fulfilled before we can approve your participation in the consortium application.
  • You will need to have a data management plan Opens in new window. for data generated within the research we award funds for. You must not send the plan to us, but according to our general grant terms and conditions, your administrating organisation must confirm that a data management plan will be in place when you start your project or equivalent, and also that the plan will be maintained.
  • Read more about grants awarded in previous years Opens in new window.

Specific instructions for the call

In addition to reading the specific call text, you also need to consult our Guide for applicants.

Application procedure

Grant applications within EJP RD are made in a two-stage procedure, where a simplified version of the application, known as an outline application (pre-proposal), is first submitted. Applicants whose outline applications are approved shall then submit a full application (full proposal). Both the outline application and full application are peer reviewed, and ranked in competition with other applications.

The application to the EJP RD consortium call shall be submitted by the research consortium’s international coordinator via EJP RD’s application system. External link, opens in new window.

As a project leader representing a Swedish partner in the research consortium, you must submit the corresponding applications (outline application and full application respectively) via the Swedish Research Council’s application system Prisma in parallel with the international coordinator submitting the consortium application. Please note that for practical reasons, the parallel call in Prisma for you as the Swedish partner will close a few days later than in EJP RD’s application system. This applies for both the outline application and the full application.

To the application form in Prisma. External link, opens in new window.

More information on what to do in practical terms is available in our “Guide for applicants”. Opens in new window.

EJP RD will make a decision on the outline applications in April 2020. The decision is notified to the coordinator of the consortium with a statement in the form of a written comment.

The content of your outline application will be transferred automatically to the full application if your consortium is invited to submit a full application to EJP RD. You will thereafter have to update the content of your application to the Swedish Research Council, so that it corresponds to the full consortium application submitted to EJP RD, and also complete a section on ethical considerations. More information on this is available in the section “What must the application contain?” below.

The applications that are approved and invited to submit a full application shall do so no later than 23 June 2020.

EJP RD decides which consortiums will be recommended for funding by the respective national research funding body. The decision is notified to the coordinator of the consortium with a statement in the form of a written comment. The Swedish Research Council makes the grant decisions for Swedish participants. Shortly after the grant decision has been made, a notice of the grant awards will be published on the Swedish Research Council’s website. You will thereafter find a notice of the decision on your application in your personal account in Prisma, under the tab “Applications and grants”.

You are responsible for ensuring the application is complete and corresponds to the application in EJP RD’s application system, that is to say the application form is correctly filled in, the correct appendices are attached and the information requested has been provided according to the instructions. Please only submit material specifically requested. We do not accept any additional information after the deadline, except when specifically requested.