An innovative funding scheme called Rare
Disease Research (RDR) Challenges will be implemented to facilitate and fund collaboration
between industry, academia and SMEs to solve specific research challenges in
rare diseases. Industry partners will be involved in the identification of
challenges, co-funding and in-kind contribution. Collaborative consortia
between academics and SMEs will address the challenges and provide solutions.
It is expected that the creation of new RDR partnerships will enable access to
scientific and technological innovations emerging from academic research for
industry and provide a facilitated pathway for academics to exploit their
The first call for Rare Diseases Challenges should open in te second semester of 2019.