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Call: European Reference Networks (ERN) / Framework Partnership Agreements (FPA)

Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Health Programme "

The EU is required by its founding treaty to ensure that human health is protected as part of all its policies, and to work with the EU countries to improve public health, prevent human illness and eliminate sources of danger to physical and mental health. The 3rd Health Programme has 4 overarching objectives:

  1. Promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the 'health in all policies' principle,
  2. Protect Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats,
  3. Contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems,
  4. Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens.
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European Reference Networks (ERN) / Framework Partnership Agreements (FPA)
Description of call
"European Reference Networks (ERN) / Framework Partnership Agreements (FPA)"

This Call for proposals aims at establishing multiannual framework partnerships by means of FPAs for a duration of 5 years (2017 to 2021), in view to provide financial contributions through subsequent specific grant agreements (SGAs) to ERNs. Signing an FPA does not guarantee annual co-funding. 

The actions to be funded are coordination, management and non-clinical activities of an approved ERN. Co-funding will be provided in the form of mono-beneficiary grants to the ERN Coordinator to run the ERN and implement all actions in order to fulfil the goals as provided for in the legal basis on ERNs:

  • each ERN shall provide highly specialised healthcare for rare or low prevalence complex diseases or conditions;
  • have a clear governance and coordination structure;
  • have knowledge and expertise to diagnose, follow up and manage patients with evidence of good outcomes;
  • follow a multi-disciplinary approach; (v) offer a high level of expertise and have the capacity to produce good practice guidelines and to implement outcome measures and quality control; 
  • make a contribution to research; 
  • organise teaching and training activities; and 
  • collaborate closely with other centres of expertise and networks at national and international level.

The FPA proposal will present an action plan covering the period from 2017 to 2021 (5 years). This plan will include only those activities that are to be co-funded by the EU. Following an evaluation process, the successful applicants will be invited to sign the FPA covering that period. At that stage, signing an FPA will not result in a grant providing funding to the applicant's selected FPA proposal; it will be a legal commitment, serving as a basis for the partnership established between the successful applicant and Chafea for the next 5 years. Once the FPA is signed, it will make the signatory ERN eligible for receiving EU funding on the basis of an SGA proposal.

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Thematic Focus Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer & Exchange, Health, Social Affairs, Sports, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Administration & Governance
Funding area EU Member States
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Eligible applicants Research Institution, Public Services, Other
Applicant details Only Networks applying also for the call for interest for ERN can apply for FPA. Only Networks approved as ERNs can be awarded EU co-funding

Only the network coordinator can apply. The applicant (the ERN network coordinator) must satisfy the following criterion: The applicant, on behalf of a network, must have applied to be approved as a European Reference Network as established in Commission implementing decision in compliance with the criteria and conditions of Commission Delegated Decision 
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

All projects should involve at least three partners (separate legal entities)  from different countries.

Recurring Call No
Further info If awarded, the cooperation between Chafea and the beneficiary will last five years (from 2017 to 2021) and will be based on the signing of a so-called Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA). This FPA will spell out the applicant’s strategic pursuits and objectives for the period between 2017 and 2021.
The annual co-funding will be ensured through the signature of a so-called Specific Grant Agreement (SGA) and will be awarded on the basis of the already signed FPA and invitation (by Chafea to the FPA signatory) to submit a proposal for the ERN grant for 12 months. Namely, an SGA spells out the applicant’s 12 calendar months coordination, management and non-clinical activities as an ERN
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details The total budget earmarked for the co-financing in 2017 is estimated at 2 500 000 €.
The Budgetary ceiling per grant awarded in 2017 is 200 000 € Proposals requesting more than 60% co-funding (up to 80%) will need to comply with the criteria of exceptional utility.


Submission Proposals must be submitted via the participant portal: html

Before submitting a proposal:
1. Create an account to submit a proposal:
2. Register via the beneficiary registry:

To create and submit your proposal please go to: and select "3rd Health Programme", then select the relevant call. 
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