The innovative 'Rare Diseases Research (RDR) Challenges' call will be implemented to facilitate and fund collaboration between industry, academia, SMEs, and patient organisations to solve specific research challenges in rare diseases.
Industry partners have been involved in the identification of four challenges that are the topics of the call and that were validated by European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP-RD) partners, including patients.
EJP-RD is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 825575, and ECRIN is involved in the project.
Collaborative consortia of applicants (academics, SMEs, patient organisations) and the involved industry partners 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 SMEs and academic research groups for industry and provide a facilitated pathway for academics to exploit their research.
In order to initiate exchanges and/or formation of collaborative consortia of applicants to the call, a Networking Event will be organised. During this event, the challenges will be presented, and bilateral/multilateral networking meetings will take place between potential applications and the industry partners who identified the challenges.
The RDR Challenges call will be launched in March 2020.
For more information, see the EJP-RD website