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Transnational Cooperation

ERA-CVD: ERA-NET for Research Programmes on Cardiovascular Diseases

FCT is a partner of the ERA-CVD, a project that will extend and strengthen the transnational cooperation on cardiovascular disease research funding organisations in the 5-year period of 2015-2020. The consortium comprises 23 institutions from 18 countries. One of the main aims of ERA-CVD is to fund collaborative and multidisciplinary Research and Technology Development (RTD) projects on cardiovascular research. With that purpose, at least three Joint Transnational Calls (JTC2016, 2017 and 2018) were planned to be launched. In the 2016 Call, launched on the 5 January 2016, 14 projects were selected for funding.

In addition to FCT, the Ministry of Health, through the Directorate General of Health (DGS), responsible for implementing the National Programme for Cerebro-Cardiovascular Diseases (PNDCCV), also participates in this ERA-NET. Recognising that institutional cooperation is an added value to the promotion and advancement of scientific knowledge and technological development, a Protocol was signed between FCT and DGS/PNDCCV, to develop the common goal of these entities and in order to better support the Portuguese scientific community working in the area of cardiovascular diseases.

In the 2017 Call, the Portuguese teams integrating winning consortia will receive the funding coming from the Ministry of Health (DGS/PNDCCV) only (maximum funding commitment of 100.000 €). FCT will remain as the contact point with the Portuguese applicants and will manage the projects that will be funded.


16 january 2017: Call Launch

6 march 2017: Deadline for submission of pre-proposals

23 june 2017 Deadline for submission of full-proposals

Please consult this webpage on a regular basis for possible news/updates.


The Call Text contains detailed information on Call topics, participating countries and funding commitments. Please consult the documents and selected links available in the yellow box on the right.

Call Topics

This call aims at developing projects focused on the following topic: “Mechanisms of early atherosclerosis and/or plaque instability in Coronary Artery Disease”.

Transnational research proposals must cover at least one of the subtopics below:

- Exploration of mechanisms leading to plaque instability.

- Improvement of imaging techniques as well as validation of biomarkers, leading to earlier recognition of risk and/or protective factors.

Participating Countries

Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Turkey.

Applicants from countries not participating in the call can be part of a consortium (their number is limited to one partner per consortium), as long as they are able to secure their own funding (at the stage of the pre-proposal submission, this partner must confirm that funding for its activities in the project is already secured; the availability of the funding must be documented at the stage of full proposal submission).

How to Apply

1- Please consult the "Call Documents" in the yellow box on the right.

2- Consult the "National Documents" available in the box on the right. Also read the specific National funding regulations of all the participating countries involved in your consortium (including your own), available in the Guidelines for Applicants. Non-eligible partners may lead to the rejection of the whole consortium.

3- Access the online submission platform.

4- Within 10 working days after the deadline for submitting the pre-proposal, the Portuguese teams (Partners and / or Coordinators) must:

  • Send to the Call National Contact Point a Statement of Commitment duly signed by the Researcher in Charge and by the Head of the Portuguese applicant organization and stamped. FCT may later require the original of the statement of commitment.
  • Prove that the Researcher in Charge has or will have at the time of signing the project’s acceptance document a labour bound or that he / she holds a post-doctoral grant with the Proposing Institution or, in case there is no such situation, send a written agreement between the parties.

DGS/PNDCCV financial commitment and funding regulations (Portugal only)

National funding commitment for the call: 100.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium with portuguese coordination/participation: 100.000 €

Note: A consortium must not involve more than one research group from the same country or region participating in the call, unless the second partner is an associated partner who secures his own funding (as an exception, two research groups from Spain may be comprised in the same research consortium). Portuguese institutions must follow FCT's Regulation on Projects Funded Solely by National Funds. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not taken into account for the 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.


National Contact Point

Rita Cavaleiro
Tel: (351) 213 911 541

Anabela Isidro
Tel: (351) 213 911 552

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Av. D. Carlos I, 126 - 7º
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