Quality assurance, variant interpretation and data management in the NGS diagnostic era, 12-14 October 2020.

Application deadline: 20 July 2020

More information from the EJP RD here.


The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) has published the pre-announcement for the Joint Transnational Call 2020. This call is for proposals on "Pre-Clinical Research to Develop Effective Therapies for Rare Diseases".

For more information please visit the EJP RD website: http://www.ejprarediseases.org/index.php/joint-transnational-calls/

Rare Disease Day 2020 will be celebrated this year on Saturday the 29th of February - a fittingly rare date! Coordinated by EURORDIS in partnership with National Alliances, the aim is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives. Lead-up events throughout the month will be organised by members of the rare disease community including patient organisations, healthcare professionals, researchers, and policymakers across 101 countries.

Rare diseases will affect 1 in 20 people in their lifetime, but their rarity often leads to delays in diagnosis, and means that information and treatment options can be limited. Rare Disease Day is an opportunity to strengthen international cooperation, vital for identifying and classifying these diseases, coordinating research, and providing access to treatment and support for patients, their families, and carers.

For more information, go to the Rare Disease Day 2020 website.


The European Rare Disease Models & Mechanisms Network (RDMM-Europe) has been established by Solve-RD – an EU-funded research project. The overall aim is to boost research in rare diseases, discover new disease-causing genes and obtain evidence for pathogenicity through functional validation.

For more information, visit the following website.

News & Media

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ERA-Net for Research Programmes on Rare Diseases
E-Rare Newsletter December 2014
On the 15th of December 2014 the following 17 countries:  Austria, Belgium, Canada (including Québec), France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Turkey opened the seventh E-Rare joint call (JTC 2015) for funding multilateral research projects on rare diseases together with the European Commission (EC) under the ERA-Net E-Rare co-fund mechanism.

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 translational research approach. Projects shall involve a group of rare diseases or a single rare disease following the European definition (a seriously debilitating and/or life-threatening disease affecting not more than 5 in 10.000 people).

ARE EXCLUDED: (1) Rare infectious diseases, (2) rare cancers, (3) rare advers drug events in treatment of common diseases as well as (4) rare neurodegenerative diseases, which are within the focus of the Joint Programming Initiative on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND; http://www.neurodegenerationresearch.eu/). These concern: Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias; Parkinson's disease (PD) and PD-related disorders; Prion disease; Motor neuron diseases (MND); Huntington's disease (HD); Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and dominant forms of Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). Intersted research should refer to JPND calls.
The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 18 of February 2015.
For more information, call text, guidelines, national contact points and all specific documents click HERE or visit our website www.e-rare.eu
We strongly encourage all future applicants to download and carefully read the documentation of the call. It is important to note that national agencies may apply their national, specific rules (may change every year) that must be fulfilled by the applicant.


We created for you an Interactive FAQ where applicants can find information and ask questions. The already existing base of Questions and Answers contains responses collected during previous E-Rare calls and can be consulted via the FAQ access from the homepage or in the Open Call section. However, we found useful to open the possibility to ask questions at any moment.

If you HAVE A QUESTION regarding E-Rare calls connect to www.e-rare.eu and use the Interactive FAQ form (available from the homepage) to ask your question. All questions and answers will be automatically integrated to the FAQ. The answers will be available on line within 24 h after the question was asked.

Please note that the questions related to the national eligibility and issues will not be answered through the FAQ. We invite you to contact your national contact points.


"Looking for collaborations" module is also available directly from the E-Rare homepage. More than 300 researchers already registred and many new profiles are created every day. This module allows to search for collaborators using medical domain, rare disease(s), country or simple keyword search engine. Moreover, registered member can contact directly other users for future collaborations.

E-Rare strongly encourages applicants to register to the "Looking for collaborations" platform.

The more of you will register the more exhausite database of rare diseases researchers will be available for your future cooperations!!!

In December 2013 E-Rare launched its 6th Joint Call For European Research Projects On Rare Diseases (JTC 2014) specifically dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutic approaches. Sixteen countries joined this call: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Canada (including Québec), France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Turkey.

The research projects had to focus on the pre-clinical development of therapeutic approaches in suitable existing animal or cell models. Therapeutic approaches included (but were not limited to): cell based therapy; gene therapy and pharmacological therapy.

The process included a two-step submission and evaluation procedure.

In the first step a total of 141 eligible pre-proposals were submitted. After careful examination by the Scientific Evaluation Committee (SEC), 40 pre-proposals were selected for full submission. Each of the full proposals was then evaluated by at least two additional external experts whose reviews were sent to project coordinators in order to give them the opportunity of studying the assessments and commenting on experts' arguments and evaluations. Both inputs were taken into account in a second SEC meeting.

Following the second SEC evaluation and ranking of the best projects,14 consortia with a foreseen budget of about 10 Mio € were selected for funding.

More information about the selected projects and involved research teams can be found HERE or on our website.

www.e-rare.eu contact@erare.eu

E-Rare 2012 - Created by Toussaint Biger