15 February 2019

1st EJP RD Joint Transnational Call for Rare Diseases Research Project (JTC 2019) - Deadline 15 February 2019

The European Joint Programme (EJP) on rare diseases, has launched a call that marks the start of this network as an EJP. The aim of the call is to enable scientists in different countries to build an effective collaboration on a common interdisciplinary research project based on complementarities and sharing of expertise, with a clear benefit for patients. Its focus is on collaborative research projects that accelerate diagnosis and/or explore disease progression and mechanisms of rare diseases covering at least one of the following areas:

Research to accelerate diagnosis, wich can include new schemes for finding diagnosis for undiagnosed patients, improved annotation and interpretation of variants and development of diagnostic tests, novel modalities of functional analysis of candidate variants and -omic or multi-omic integrated approaches for discovery of disease causes and mechanisms, or; 

Research to explore disease progression and mechanisms, including natural history studies and patient registries, identification of clinical biomarkers, clinical outcome measures and surrogate endpoints and identification of novel pathophysiological pathways in appropriate disease models that effectively mimic the human condition.

There are additional elements to be considered in the application and several approaches and topics are excluded from the scope of this call.

The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is February 15th, 2019. Selected consortia will be invited to submit a full proposal by early May 2019. Indicative deadline for full proposals is June 11, 2019.

More information on the call can be found on the Rare Disease EJP website.