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.

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The 6th Joint Transnational Call for Research Projects on Rare Diseases (JTC 2014) opened on the 5th of December 2013. The following 16 countries participate in this call: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Canada (including Québec), France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Turkey. This year the call is specifically dedicated to development of innovative therapeutic approaches for rare diseases.
If you still have not read or downloaded all documents necessary for your application you will find them on our website
If you want to submit your project the electronic submission system is now OPEN: https://www.pt-it.de/ptoutline/application/ERARE14 
Please remember that in order to submit your project you must first register (using the same link as above).
The submission system will close on the 30 of January at 20:00 (UTC).
Each funding agency applies its own eligibility criteria that are detailed in the Guidelines for Applicants document available on our website.
Please note that ITALIAN teams must also fill an additional "Eligibility form"!
A partner is considered as "non-eligible" to receive funding if it comes from a country that does not participate in the current call (please see the list of participating countries above) OR if it comes from a country that participates in the call but does not fulfill its national eligibility criteria.
Any "non-eligible" partner can participate in the project at the following conditions:
  • Non-eligible partner must secure its own funding
  • Non-eligible partner must not be a coordinator of the project
  • 50% of research groups in the project must be eligible
  • A minumum of 3 eligible groups from 3 different countries must participate in the project.
Maximize your chance to find partners for your project!
The "Looking for collaborations" module is open on our website. It allows you to create your profile and find potential collaborators.

Remember that even if you do not look for partners now, being a part of our database guarantees the visibility of your profile to other researchers and opens new possibilities for the future.

The second edition of RE(ACT) International Congress on Research of Rare Diseases will take place in Basel, Switzerland from 5 to 8 of March 2014.

In its first edition, the RE(ACT) Congress brought together almost 300 people to discuss research into rare diseases and the development of active substances to treat them. What made the congress unique was the interdisciplinary collaboration. Scientists from different disciplines – stem cell researchers, geneticists, biochemists, clinicians and pharmacists – exchanged information with patient organizations.
The main goals of the Congress are:

  • Promote research on rare and orphan diseases among the general public, industry and policy makers
  • Bring together researchers and their knowledge
  • Help in the understanding of other more common diseases
  • Encourage clear insights positions identifiable from the scientific community in university and industry.


You still have time to register at http://www.react-congress.org/

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