Networking Support Scheme is open
The aim of the Networking Support Scheme (NSS) in the EJP RD is to encourage sharing of knowledge on rare diseases and rare cancers of health care professionals, researchers and patients.
The NSS also aims to enable or increase the participation of usually underrepresented countries in Europe (see below) in new and in existing research networks on rare disease(s) or rare cancer(s).
The scheme will provide financial support to applicants for fostering organization of workshops or conferences for new research networks or existing/expanding research networks to strengthen collaborations and to enable exchange of knowledge. The focus of these workshops or conferences should be (the implications of) research results and innovative solutions as well as to strengthening the collaborations between different stakeholders. The results of these networking events may lead to future collaborative and novel research efforts. The applying consortium is allowed to invite other participants to join the networking event. There is no limit to the number of participants, however the maximum budget that can be requested is € 30,000 for a networking event.
Eligible applicants to apply for the NSS are health care professionals, researchers and patient advocacy organizations from the following countries involved in the EJP RD (in alphabetical order): Armenia*, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria*, Croatia*, Czech Republic*, Denmark, Estonia*, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia*, Greece, Hungary*, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia*, Lithuania*, Luxembourg, Malta*, Norway, Poland*, Portugal, Romania*, Serbia*, Slovakia*, Slovenia*, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey*, United Kingdom.
The countries that are indicated with an asterisk (*) are usually seen as underrepresented countries.
At least one Principal applicant and two co-applicants from three different countries mentioned above have to apply together for support of a Networking event. Applicants from Canada are not eligible for funding. However, networking events can be organized in all countries mentioned above and in Canada.
In this Networking Support Scheme applicants can apply for a budget of a maximum of 30,000 € per event to organise a transnational European/international event to share and disseminate knowledge on rare diseases or rare cancers. The date of the application should be between 6-12 months before the proposed date(s) of the Networking Event.
We would advice you to read the Call Text of the NSS (EJP RD – NSS – Call Text) very carefully before completing the specific application template for this scheme and submit this application template on the electronic submission system ProjectNet of ZonMw. Please download the EJP RD – NSS – Call Text here:
A specific application template (EJP RD – NSS – Application Template doc) has to be completed. Please download it here:
The call is open on a continuous basis. The applications will be collected every three months and the eligibility will be checked, please see below for specific deadlines.
Applications that pass the eligibility check at each collection date will be evaluated in a competitive way by an independent Networking Evaluation Committee, consisting of health care professionals, researchers and patient representatives using defined evaluation criteria that are specified in the Call text. The rules of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme will be applied.
After four rounds, there will be an assessment of this Networking Support Scheme to analyze whether the scheme meets the expectations of the EJP RD and the rare diseases and rare cancers research community.
The Call for the NSS is open on a continuous basis. The applications will be collected on the following dates in 2020:
March 3, 2020 at 14:00 (CET)
June 2, 2020 at 14:00 (CET)
September 1, 2020 at 14:00 (CET)
December 1, 2020 at 14:00 (CET)
For questions related to the content and application template:
Network Support Scheme Secretariat:
For questions related to the electronic submission system of ZonMw:
Servicedesk of ZonMw:
Telephone: +31 70 349 51 78;
Information for applicants to apply
Electronic submission system ProjectNet to apply for NSS click here.
Information for applicants if Networking event is selected