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Transnational Cooperation

TRANSCAN-2: Aligning national/regional translational cancer research programmes and activities

The ERA-NET TRANSCAN-2 is the continuation of the ERA-NET on Translational Cancer Research (TRANSCAN) of which FCT was a partner. TRANSCAN-2 is a network with 28 partners, including FCT, from 19 countries. This ERA-NET has the goal of coordinating national and regional funding programmes for research in the area of translational cancer research. The specific challenge is to promote a transnational collaborative approach between scientific teams in demanding areas of translational cancer research.


5th December 2017: Call opening.

6th February 2018 at 16h00 CET (15h00 in Portugal): Deadline for submission of pre-proposals.

Mid April 2018: Communication of the results of the pre-proposal assessment (invitation for full proposal)

30th May 2018 at 16:00 CET : Deadline for full proposal submission.

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

TRANSCAN-2 Joint Transnational Call 2017

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

Call Topic

"Translational research on rare cancers"

Projects must cover at least one of the areas specified below, which are equal in relevance for this call:

  1. Design and conduct of translational research studies exploiting/combining resources from current clinical trials, bio-repositories and epidemiology-type resources
  2. Development and exploitation of translational research platforms (e.g., patient derived xenograft models/organoids/tissue collections) to study drug responses/resistance and toxicity, and perform drug screens or repurpose approved anticancer drugs
  3. Implementation of precision biomarkers for better stratification of the clinical cohorts

Call main eligibility criteria

Only transnational projects will be funded. Each consortium must involve a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 7 research groups from at least 3 different countries participating in the call. In addition, a research consortium must not involve more than 2 research groups from one country. Up to 1 (one) research group from a country not participating in this call may be included in a consortium, if this group is able to secure its own funding. Each consortium must involve at least one basic or pre-clinical research team and one clinical team. It is also recommended to include an expert team in methodology, biostatistics or bioinformatics, depending on the type of work planned. Please consult the Call Documents for all the eligibility criteria for this Call.

Participating Countries

Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey.

How to Apply

1- Please read carefully the Call Documents in the 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 Call Document. Non-eligible partners may lead to the rejection of the whole consortium.

3- If you're the coordinator of your consortium, access the TRANSCAN-2 online submission platform to submit your proposal.

4- Each Portuguese partner 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 deadline for submission of pre-proposals. 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: 100.000 €

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.

National Contacts

Marta Abrantes
Tel: (+351) 213 911 596

Rui Durão
Tel: (+351) 213 911 532

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Av. D. Carlos I, 126 - 7º
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