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M-ERA.NET3 “ERA-NET for research and innovation on materials and battery technologies, supporting the European Green Deal” (www.m-era.net)

M-ERA.NET 3 started on the 1st of March 2021 and will last until the 28th of February 2026 under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET COFUND scheme with currently 50 public funding organisations from 36 countries. The diverse and experienced network comprises national and regional funding programmes from 25 EU member states and 5 associated countries and includes 6 non-European organisations. M-ERA.NET 3, the pan-European and international network for research and innovation on materials and battery technologies, supporting the European Green Deal, launched its Call 2021 on 15 March 2021. 45 national and regional funding organisations from 32 countries are participating in that call with an indicative total budget of more than 57 Million €, including EC top-up-funding. The transnational projects funded by M-ERA.NET are expected to contribute to clean energy-related applications and battery technologies by improving the efficiency of production processes, reducing the usage of materials and energy resources and by improving materials properties such as durability. New approaches to health applications with the focus on advanced materials and coatings will also be addressed.

M-ERA.NET is a strong network of public funding organisations supporting and increasing coordination and convergence of national and regional funding programmes on research and innovation related to materials and battery technologies to support the European Green Deal. Between 2021 and 2026 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.NET3 proceeds the activities of M-ERA.NET2, 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.NET2 consortium has mobilised 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.

Highlights

15 March 2021: M-ERA.NET Cofund Call 2021 Launch

25 March 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 (Lisbon time): Call 2021 Information Webinar with presentation of the submission tool and Q&A. Register previously here.

15 June 2021, 11:00 h (Lisbon time): Deadline for submission of pre-proposals

17 November 2021, 11.00 h ( Lisbon time) Deadline for submission of full proposals.

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

M-ERA.NET CALL 2021

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:

  • Modelling for materials engineering, processing, properties and durability
  • Innovative Surfaces, Coatings and Interfaces.
  • High performance composites.
  • Functional Materials
  • New strategies for advanced material-based technologies in health applications
  • Materials for Additive Manufacturing
  • Transversal priority: research on future batteries: Research on batteries is a key objective of the Call 2021 and clearly addressed in the scope of multiple topics.

Participating countries/regions

Austria, Belgium-Flanders, Belgium- French Speaking Community, Belgium- Wallonia, Brazil – São Paulo State, Bulgaria, Canada- Québec, Croatia, Czech-Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France ANR, France-Nouvelle Aquitaine, Germany, German – Saxony, Hungary, Iceland, Israel (MOST, IIA), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain (AEI, CDTI), Spain-Asturias, Spain-Basque Country, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey.

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 at "Participating countries/regions Call 2021". 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- Proposals with a start or end TRL equal or higher than five must include one Portuguese Technological Centre and/or one Portuguese cluster and/or one Portuguese company/SME in the consortium application.

5- Each principal investigator can only participate or coordinate one proposal application to the Call.

6 - Each Portuguese partner (or coordinator) must send to Ana Margarida Santos (National Contact Point) a Statement of Commitment duly signed by the Head of the Portuguese applicant organization and by the Principal Investigator, until 10 days after the pre-proposal submission deadline (15th of June 2021). FCT may later require the original of the statement of commitment.

FCT financial commitment and funding regulations (Portugal only)

National funding commitment for the call: 700.000 €

24-36 months project duration:Maximum requested funding for a consortium coordinated by Portugal: 250.000 €

24-36 months project duration: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 2016

The first call of M-ERA.NET2 was M-ERA.NET CALL 2016, co-funded by EU, on materials science and engineering, including materials for low carbon energy technologies and related production technologies was open on 15 March 2016.

The following thematic areas are supported:

  • 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
  • Deadline for the electronic submission of pre-proposals: 14 June 2016, 12:00 noon Brussels time.
  • Deadline for the electronic submission of full proposals: 10 November 2016, 12:00 noon Brussels time.
  • 35 funding organisations from 26 countries participate with a preliminary total budget of around 40 million €, including an EU contribution: 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/regions not participating in the call cannot be part of a Consortium.

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:

  • 24-36 months project duration: 250 000 Euros for a proposal with Portuguese coordination;
  • 24-36 months project duration:150 000 Euros for a proposal with Portuguese participation;

All the documents relative to this joint call as well as the funded projects are available here.

For more information on the M-ERA.NET Call 2016 contact the person at FCT.

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 funded projects 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 funded projects 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/

M-ERA.NET3 has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 958174. M-ERA.NET2 has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 685451.