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6th E-Rare call now open

The 6th ERA-Net call for Research Programmes on Rare Diseases (E-Rare) is now open. Researchers from 16 European countries are invited to send in their proposals for innovative therapeutic approaches.

This is a joint initiative of national funding partners from 16 European countries, who have decided to simultaneously open a call for multilaterial projects with a clear translational research approach.

One of the major aims is to build effective collaborations between academia, clinical/public health sector and private companies, as well as across national borders.

Therapeutic approaches can include (but are not limited to):

  • Cell-based therapy (e.g. somatic cell therapy, cell-based regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, therapies based on combinations of cells with scaffolds or substrates, etc.)
  • Gene therapy (e.g. transfer of nucleic acids for therapeutic purposes including DNA, RNA, oligonucleotides etc.)
  • Pharmacological therapy (e.g. use of chemicals or biopharmaceuticals including repurposing approaches, high throughput screening of molecules, etc.)

The following approaches and topics are excluded from the scope of the call:

  • Development of new cell or animal models. The relevant cell or animal models do already need to be established for the purpose of the project
  • Interventional clinical trials or any projects enrolling patients
  • Therapeutic approaches concerning rare infectious diseases, rare cancers and rare adverse drug events in treatments of common diseases
  • Surgery or radiation therapies

Dates for submission

Pre-proposals: 30th January 2014 at 20:00 UTC

Full proposals: 26th May 2014 at 20:00 UTC

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