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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 24 institutions from 19 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 (JTC 2016, 2017 and 2018) were planned to be launched. The projects funded in the 2016 and 2017 JTCs are presented in the following links:

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 2018 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.



11 January 2018: Call Launch

15 March 2018: Deadline for submission of pre-proposals

15 June 2018 Deadline for submission of full-proposals


16 February 2018: Announcement of the call

16 March 2018: Deadline for submission of proposals

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


Transnational Cardiovascular Research Projects driven by Early Career Scientists

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 Objectives

This call aims to promote cooperation and interchange between Early Career Scientists (the scientist must have been awarded his/her first doctoral degree at least 3 and up to 10 years prior to the pre-proposal submission deadline of the ERA-CVD JTC 2018 call) and thus enable international collaboration and new consortia establishment in cardiovascular research. Cardiovascular disease research can comprise hypertensive, ischaemic, pulmonary heart diseases and diseases of pulmonary circulation, other forms of heart disease, diseases of arteries, arterioles and capillaries and congenital malformations of cardiac chambers and connections and cardiac septa.

Participating Countries

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

Research groups not eligible to their national funding organizations or from countries which are not involved in this call may participate in projects only if their participation clearly provides an added value to the consortium and if they present evidence of a secured budget for their part in the project (already at the stage of the pre-proposal submission, such partners have to confirm that their funding is 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 applicants (Partners and / or Coordinators) must:

  • Send to the Call National Contact Point the Statement of Commitment (one pdf file) duly signed by the Researcher in Charge, by the Head of the Portuguese applicant organization and by the Coordinator of the R&D Unit 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.


The EPCA award was issued by ERA-CVD in order to recognize the most remarkable and outstanding scientific publications by young researchers (age under 35 years old) in the field of cardiovascular research. The details for the 2018 award can be found here.

The winner will win a 3000 euros prize and will be invited as a special ERA-CVD Young Investigator lecturer in the ESC (European Society of Cardiology) Congress 2018, 25-29.8.2018. The award and travel costs related to the lecture will be covered by ERA-CVD.


National Contact Points

Rita Cavaleiro
Tel: (351) 213 911 541

Anabela Isidro
Tel: (351) 213 911 552

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