Joint Transnational Call for Proposals (2019) For 'Personalised Medicine: Multidisciplinary Research Towards Implementation' (Next joint call in Dec 2019)

HRB is supporting participation of researchers from Ireland within a new call for joint transnational projects in Personalised Medicine (PM). HRB is a member of ERA-PerMed, a European Research Area network of research funders, with 32 partners across 23 countries. ERAPerMed aims to align national research strategies, promote excellence, reinforce the competitiveness of European players in PM, and enhance European collaboration with non-EU countries. Please read the Call text for further details:

Additional Information

With this call ERA PerMed fosters research and innovation activities that build close linkages between basic biomedical research, clinical research, physical sciences and bioengineering, bioinformatics and biostatistics, epidemiology, socio-economic research, as well as research on the integration of PM into clinical practice and on ethical, legal and social implications across the participating countries and beyond.

The overarching goal is to improve disease management, based on broader and more efficiently elaborated patient stratification, diagnostics and tailored treatment protocols, and disease prevention. Proposals submitted under this call are expected to demonstrate the applicability of project outcomes to clinical practice. The clinical relevance of the suggested PM approach needs to be convincingly shown. Moreover, proposals are expected to include research on ethical, legal and socio-economic implications, including health economics and regulation, and/or research on optimisation of health care systems.

The overall objectives of the Joint Transnational Call 2019 are:

  • To support translational research projects in the field of Personalised Medicine;
  • To encourage and enable interdisciplinary collaborations towards implementation of PM, combining pre-clinical and/or clinical research with bio-informatics components and research on relevant ethical, legal and social aspects and/or research on the optimisation of health care systems;
  • To encourage collaboration between academia (research teams from universities, higher education institutions, public research institutions), clinical/public health research (research teams from hospital/ public health, health care settings and other health care organisations), private partners e.g. SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) as well as policy makers, regulatory/HTA agencies and patient organisations.

Please review the published text for full details of the aim, objectives and scope of the call on


Only lead applicants from Ireland working in a recognized HRB Host Institution are eligible for HRB funding in this call. Information regarding host institutions can be found at the following link:  

 Only joint transnational research projects will be funded. Each consortium submitting a proposal must involve at least three partners eligible for funding coming from three different countries whose funders participate in the call (see call text, and Guidance for applicants on The maximum number of partners per project at the pre-proposal stage is six. Within one consortium, no more than two partners from the same country participating in the call will be accepted. No more than one partner with its own funding is allowed in eligible consortia.

Please carefully review the call text and Guidelines for applicants for details on who can apply, paying special attention to the country-specific requirements in the Guidance notes on the following website:


Electronic proposal submission is mandatory on: . Research project consortia who intend to submit a transnational proposal should register as soon as possible under , by clicking on “sign up” and follow further instructions. The call is a two-step application, with a first stage (pre-proposal submission) deadline of March 7 2019.

Full details on the call for proposals, including scope of the call, evaluation process, eligible costs, and participating countries are available on the call website. Applicants from Ireland must read the HRB Guidance notes and FAQ for the scheme – eligibility requirements from applicants from Ireland will apply.

Please bear in mind that costing of finances in proposals may have to be signed off by the host institution's administrative department. Please allow sufficient time for these additional processes. Any late applications will be rejected.

Whilst applications will be submitted jointly by groups from different countries, individual research groups in successful projects will be funded by the individual PerMed funding organisation(s) within their country.


General queries: Joint Call Secretariat  Dr. Monika Frenkel, email:

  •  Applicants from Ireland who still have questions after reading the information on the Call website, the HRB Guidance notes, and HRB FAQ can contact Dr Tonya Moloney at HRB, 
  •  tmoloney(at)
Opening date
12:00 09-01-2019
Closing date
16:00 07-03-2019