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M-era.Net

ERA-NET for materials research and innovation

M-ERA.NET is an EU funded network which has been established to support and increase the coordination of European research and innovation programmes and related funding in materials science and engineering, including materials for low carbon energy technologies and related production technologies. Between 2016 and 2021, the M-ERA.NET consortium will contribute to the restructuring of the European Research Area (ERA) by operating as a single innovative and flexible network of funding organisations.

M-ERA.NET will complement existing instruments and contribute to EU policies whilst supporting the exploitation of knowledge along the whole innovation chain from basic research to applied research and innovation. M-ERA.NET will implement a series of joint calls to fund excellent innovative transnational RTD cooperation, including one call for proposals with EU co-funding. These calls will provide the European RTD community the opportunity to access coordinated funding across Europe and gain access to leading knowledge world-wide.

M-ERA.NET started in March 2016 as a network of 41 public funding organisations, of which 29 are national and 12 regional and 4 international, from 28 different countries. The consortium aims to address societal challenges and technological needs with an interdisciplinary approach, creating a flexible umbrella structure to allow coverage of topics in materials science and engineering including materials for low carbon energy technologies. Over five years, the M-ERA.NET consortium will mobilise substantial national and regional budgets, to support the European RTD community. Cooperation with partners outside Europe is targeted to build a global network of public funding programmes.

The aim is to fund ambitious transnational RTD projects addressing materials research and innovation including materials for low carbon energy technologies and related production technologies. M-ERA.NET aims to strengthen the contribution of materials R&D to energy-related applications where applicable. 35 funding organisations from 26 countries participate with a preliminary total budget of around 40 million €, including an EU contribution.

Highlights

19 March 2019: M-ERA.NET Call 2019 open

18 June 2019 (12:00 noon / Brussels time): Deadline for mandatory pre-proposals

Any Portuguese university, research institution or enterprise can participate if they provide their own funds.

Register as an M-ERA.NET evaluator : More information at the M-ERA.NET website

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

M-ERA.NET CALL 2016

The Guide for proposers will contain detailed information on thematic priorities, application process, funding commitments and contact persons. Please consult the documents and selected links available in the yellow box on the right.

Call Topics supported by FCT:

  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering.
  • Innovative Surfaces, Coatings and Interfaces.
  • High performance synthetic and biobased composites.
  • Functional Materials
  • Interfaces between materials and biological hosts for health applications
  • Materials for Additive Manufacturing

Participating countries/regions

Austria, Belgium-Flanders, Belgium- French Speaking Community, Belgium- Wallonia, Brazil – São Paulo State, Cyprus, France-Region ALPC, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Italy-Region Calabria, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Spain-Asturias, Spain-Basque Country, Spain- Castilla y Léon, Taiwan, Turkey.

Applicants from countries not participating in the call can not be part of a consortium.

How to Apply

1- Please consult the Call Documents on 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 Guide for proposers. Non-eligible partners may lead to the rejection of the whole consortium.

3- Access the Call page and online submission platform and proceed according to your role.

4- Each Portuguese partner (or coordinator) has to send to the Call National Contact Point a Statement of Commitment duly signed, dated and stamped by the Head of the Portuguese applicant organization and by the Principal Investigator, until 10 days after the pre-proposal submission deadline. FCT may latter require the original of the statement of commitment.

FCT financial commitment and funding regulations (Portugal only)

National funding commitment for the call: 750.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium coordinated by Portugal: 250.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium with Portuguese participation: 150.000 €

Note: if more than one Portuguese institution participates in a given consortium, the budget has to be shared. Portuguese institutions must follow FCT's Legislation, Regulations and Norms. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not taken into account for the 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.

Joint Call 2015

The fourth M-ERA.NET Call 2015 on Materials Science and Engineering including Nanotechnologies and Processes and Production Technologies was open on 3rd February 2015.

The following thematic areas are supported:

  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering
  • New surfaces and coatings
  • High performance synthetic and biobased composites
  • Materials for Sustainable and Affordable Low Carbon Energy Technologies
  • Tailoring of bioactive material surfaces for health applications
  • Materials for additive manufacturing
  • Deadline for the electronic submission of pre-proposals: 9 June 2015 (12.00 Brussels time).
  • Deadline for the electronic submission of full proposals: 10 November 2015 (12.00 Brussels time).
  • 35 national/regional funding organizations participating in the call from 26 countries including Brazil (Sao Paulo State), Republic of Korea, Russia and Taiwan.
  • Eligible transnational consortia will have to include at least three organisations, eligible for funding, from, at least, two countries participating in the call (at least one European country).

Consortia involving both academic and industrial organizations are particularly encouraged to apply even though pure academic or pure industrial consortia are also eligible.

The financial commitment of FCT to support all topics in this call is 750 000 Euros.

The funding for the Portuguese participation in one transnational proposal is limited to:

  • 36 months project duration: 250 000 Euros for a proposal with Portuguese coordination;
  • 36 months project duration:150 000 Euros for a proposal with Portuguese participation;

All the documents relative to this joint call as well as the electronic submission system of the pre-proposals and the full proposals are available here.

For more information on the M-ERA.NET Call 2015 contact the person at FCT.

Partner search

The database "NMPTeAm2” offers a partner search tool for the M-ERA.NET Call 2015.

The "EEN (Enterprise Europe Network)” offers a general partner search tool dedicated to enterprises.

Joint Call 2014

The third M-ERA.NET CALL 2014 on Materials Science and Engineering including Nanotechnologies and Processes and Production Technologies was open on 6 June 2014.

The following thematic areas are supported:

  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering
  • New surfaces and coatings
  • Composite technology
  • Materials for Sustainable and Affordable Low Carbon Energy Technologies
  • Materials for Health
  • Functional Materials Focusing on Sensors
  • Deadline for the electronic submission of pre-proposals: 16 September 2014 (12.00 Brussels time).
  • Deadline for the electronic submission of full proposals: 18 February 2015 (12.00 Brussels time).
  • 36 national/regional funding organizations participating in the call from 24 countries including Russia and Taiwan.
  • Eligible transnational consortia will have to include at least three organisations from at least two countries participating in the call (at least one European country).

Consortia involving both academic and industrial organizations are particularly encouraged to apply even though pure academic or pure industrial consortia are also eligible.

The financial commitment of FCT to support all topics in this call is 650 000 Euros.

The funding for the Portuguese participation in one transnational proposal is limited to:

  • 24-36 months project duration: 200 000 Euros for a proposal with Portuguese coordination;
  • 24-36 months project duration:125 000 Euros for a proposal with Portuguese participation;
  • 12-18 months project duration: 50 000 Euros.

All the documents relative to this joint call as well as the electronic submission system of the pre-proposals and the full proposals are available here.

For more information on the M-ERA.NET Call 2014 contact the person at FCT.

Contacts

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126, 7º
1249 – 074 Lisbon
Portugal

Ana Margarida Santos
anamargarida.santos@fct.pt
Tel: (+351) 213 917 644

Dina Carrilho
dina.carrilho@fct.pt
Tel: (+351) 213 924 381

M-ERA-NET site

www.m-era.net/

This initiative has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 685451