TRANSCAN Call text JTC-2014

JTC 2014 – CALL TEXT
ERA-NET: Aligning national/regional
translational cancer research programmes and activities
TRANSCAN-2
Joint Transnational Call for Proposals 2014 (JTC 2014)
co-funded by the European Commission/DG Research and Innovation:
"Translational research on human tumour heterogeneity to
overcome recurrence and resistance to therapy"
Call Text
Submission deadline for pre-proposals:
16 March 2015 at 16:00 (CET)
Link to: Electronic proposal submission system
(Online submission will be possible from 16 February 2015)
For further information, please visit www.transcanfp7.eu
or
Contact the Joint Call Secretariat (JCS) at:
Ministero della Salute-Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy
E-mail: [email protected]
Silvia Paradisi
Phone: +39 06 4990 6553
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Table of Contents
1. MOTIVATION .......................................................................................................................... 3
2. AIM OF THE CALL .................................................................................................................. 5
2.1
Scientific project................................................................................................................ 5
2.2
Capacity building activities ............................................................................................... 6
3. CALL IMPLEMENTATION BOARDS ...................................................................................... 7
4. APPLICATION ......................................................................................................................... 7
4.1
Eligibility criteria ................................................................................................................ 7
4.2. Submission of joint proposals ........................................................................................... 9
5. EVALUATION .......................................................................................................................... 9
5.1
Evaluation criteria ............................................................................................................. 9
5.2
Scoring ............................................................................................................................ 10
5.2.1 Range and interpretation of the scores ......................................................................... 11
5.2.2 Thresholds and weighting ............................................................................................. 11
5.3
Eligibility check of pre-proposals and first step of evaluation ......................................... 11
5.3.1 Eligibility check .............................................................................................................. 11
5.3.2 Evaluation of pre-proposals .......................................................................................... 11
5.4
Eligibility check of full proposals and second step of evaluation .................................... 12
5.5
Funding decision ............................................................................................................. 12
6. FINANCIAL AND LEGAL ISSUES ........................................................................................ 12
6.1. Funding model and funding details ................................................................................. 12
6.2
Research consortium agreement, ownership of intellectual property rights, ethical
issues .............................................................................................................................. 13
6.3
Confidentiality of proposals............................................................................................. 14
7. REPORTING AND DISSEMINATION ................................................................................... 14
8. CONTACT AND FURTHER INFORMATION ........................................................................ 14
ANNEX 1. CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE NATIONAL/REGIONAL FUNDING
ORGANISATIONS PARTICIPATING IN TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014 ...................................... 15
ANNEX 2. INDICATIVE FUNDING COMMITMENT OF THE FUNDING ORGANISATIONS
PARTICIPATING IN TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014 ..................................................................... 21
ANNEX 3. ELIGIBILITY OF BENEFICIARY INSTITUTIONS FOR THE FUNDING
ORGANISATIONS PARTICIPATING IN TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014 ...................................... 23
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1.
MOTIVATION
Cancer diagnosis and treatment has improved significantly over the last decade, with a wide range
of therapeutic strategies for oncologists to pick up. Despite this, some tumours remain incurable
and response to treatment is often of limited duration. The tumour heterogeneity within a given
patient, either within the primary tumour or between the primary tumour and the metastases,
contributes to treatment failure:
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Prognosis evaluation may be confounded by tumour heterogeneity issues, leading to
inadequate therapeutic strategies and ultimately to recurrence.
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Treatment may be ineffective to target some specific sub-clones present in the primary
tumour or in the metastases.
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Resistant clones emerge during treatment leading to the inefficacy of treatment and
progressive disease.
Thus, tumour heterogeneity is a major challenge to address for the next decade by developing
sampling and analysis methods able to record these phenomena, by deciphering the mechanisms
underlying intra-tumour heterogeneity and its dynamic process and by assessing its impact on the
efficiency of therapeutic strategies. Approaches should allow identifying appropriate targets for
tumour monitoring, drug targeting, and to develop robust predictive biomarkers in order to improve
treatment outcome and to limit the development or overcome drug resistance.
Tumour complexity is a result of continuous crosstalk between the tumour cells and the
environment. Evaluating tumours as complex bodies and not simply as a mass of tumour cells
becomes crucial, highlighting the needs of developing integrated approaches. Multi-omics/system
biology approaches provide unique opportunities for elucidating intra-tumour heterogeneity by
strategies combining technologies (genomic, epigenomic, cellular, microbiotic, exposome,
metabolomic, nanotechnology, imaging, etc.), resources and data. Research groups should nfind
the best way to share, integrate and combine tools and data in order to optimize their use and to
obtain robust results directly transferable to the clinic.
To this end TRANSCAN-2 partners have agreed to focus their first call for proposals on
"Translational research on human tumour heterogeneity to overcome recurrence and resistance to
therapy". TRANSCAN-2 aims at promoting highly innovative and ambitious collaborative projects in
translational cancer research at a European level, and believes that it is timely relevant to foster
the translation new knowledge on tumour heterogeneity into clinical practices.
The expected impact of the call is to improve the efficacy of personalized treatment of cancer
patients through the development of new tools and targeted therapeutic strategies, based on a
better understanding of intra-tumour heterogeneity mechanisms and of their impact on the disease
course.
The national/regional funding organisations listed below have agreed to participate in the
TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014; in addition, the European Commission (EC) will contribute to JTC 2014
in accordance with the ERA-NET Co-fund scheme of the Research Framework Programme
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“Horizon 2020”.
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Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austria
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Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Belgium, Flanders
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Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), Belgium, French speaking community
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Estonian Research Council (ETAg), Estonia
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National Cancer Institute (INCa), France
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ARC French Foundation for Cancer Research (ARC Foundation), France
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Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
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General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Ministry of Education and Religious
Affairs (GSRT), Greece
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The Chief Scientist Office of the Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH), Israel
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Ministry of Health (MoH), Italy
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Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR), Italy
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Alliance Against Cancer (ACC), Italy
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Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) , Latvia
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Dutch Cancer Society (DCS), The Netherlands
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The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), The
Netherlands
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The Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway
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Norwegian Cancer Society (NCS), Norway
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National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), Poland
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Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal
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Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) , Slovakia
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Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZS), Slovenia
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National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
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The Foundation for the support of the Applied Scientific Research and Technology in
Asturias (FICYT), Spain
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Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Taiwan
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The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK), Turkey
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2.
AIM OF THE CALL
2.1 Scientific project
Based on the considerations mentioned in the previous section, the EC co-funded call of
TRANSCAN-2 (JTC 2014) focuses on:
“Translational research on human tumour heterogeneity to overcome recurrence and
resistance to therapy”
“Human tumour heterogeneity” is defined in this call as heterogeneity within the tumour or between
the primary tumour and metastatic sites within a same patient. In the context of Translational
Research, this topic will comprise three specific aims which concur to the possible clinical
applications. Proposals will have to cover at least one of the specific areas listed under each aim
below. Projects should be built from a solid and established hypothesis and should be relevant with
regards to the possible improvements in clinical practices.
Aim 1: Development and validation of methods to investigate human tumour heterogeneity
(including heterogeneity between the primary tumour and the metastatic sites)
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Sampling methods alternative to single biopsy (liquid biopsy, single cell analyses, imaging,
etc.) for overcoming tumour sampling bias;
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Methods for assessing tumour heterogeneity, within either the primary tumour or the
metastases;
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Methods for tracking tumour evolution along the disease course using minimally- or noninvasive techniques.
Aim 2: Studies on human tumour heterogeneity in order to guide therapeutic intervention
and identify new therapeutic targets
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Evaluation of the impact of tumour heterogeneity on treatment efficacy and patient outcome
(clinical utility of driver/passengers mutations detection, clinical utility of the minor subclones identification, clinical utility of the differences in molecular alterations between
primary tumour and metastases);
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Development of assays measuring the level of tumour heterogeneity that predicts treatment
inefficacy and tumour recurrence;
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Development of assays that define the contribution of tumour heterogeneity to resistance
mechanisms and identify new therapeutic targets.
Aim 3: Development of new precision therapeutic strategies that may prevent human
tumour recurrence or resistance to therapy by counteracting tumour heterogeneity
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Evaluation of treatments (combinations, new strategies, administration scheme) targeting
multiple sub-clonal somatic events or preventing resistant sub-clones to emerge.
The following types of research projects are excluded from the call:
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Studies on inter-tumour heterogeneity meaning research exploring heterogeneity between
tumours from different patients.
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Studies focusing on tumour micro-environment heterogeneity only.
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Analysis of preclinical models (cell lines and animal models) only.
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Phase III and IV clinical trials.
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Studies not compliant with the COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 800/2008 (http://eurlex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:214:0003:0047:en:PDF),
with
specific
reference to the articles 30, 31, 32, and 33. For full reference, please see also the
COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE
COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE
COMMITTEE
OF
THE
REGIONS
of
20.12.2011
(http://ec.europa.eu/services_general_interest/docs/comm_quality_framework_en.pdf). Studies
non compliant with the Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 of 17 June 2014
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=OJ:L:2014:187:FULL&from=EN
2.2 Capacity building activities
Translational research has the ambition to remove barriers to multidisciplinary and multiprofessional collaboration. It is envisioned that clinicians, researchers and the operational staff
from various sectors (academia, industry, regulatory bodies) will effectively work together to
expedite the translation of scientific discoveries to clinical application and to more rapidly fuel
research directions with observational or clinical findings. In fact, the complexity of the process
requires, at the individual and collective levels, the creation of translational medicine research
interfaces/infrastructures. To reach that goal, TRANSCAN-2 supports capacity building activities
for promoting the formation and upgrading of multidisciplinary teams in an integrated process: i)
exchange/mobility of individual researchers/professionals in order to bring new expertise to an
existing multidisciplinary translational team, and/or ii) recruitment of individual
researchers/professionals by a translational research team in order to cover expertise and “knowhow” unavailable in the existing team. This type of activities, when present, will be supported within
the projects which will be selected for funding under TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014.
Thus, applicants may add an additional part to cover these activities (with an associated separate
budget, in compliance with the rules of the respective national/regional funding organisations).
These capacity building activities have to be fully coherent with the objectives of the research
project, and aimed to strengthening the ability of participating team(s) to perform the work detailed
in the project plan as well as to improve, in the long term, the quality and potential of the
translational research performed by the team(s). Depending on the project these activities could be
(the following examples are indicative only, and neither exhaustive nor prescriptive): 1)
exchanges/mobility of investigators (especially young investigators) between teams and countries
participating in the project, 2) short term training of scientists, operational staff, etc., 3) training
technical workshop dedicated to relevant aspects of the scientific work planned in the project, 4)
short training (1 or few weeks) of several partner teams by one expert, etc. Activities related to the
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dissemination of results such as hosting a symposium, conferences etc. are out of the scope of this
capacity building activities component.
3.
CALL IMPLEMENTATION BOARDS
The Call Steering Committee (CSC) and the Scientific Evaluation Committee (SEC) will manage
the evaluation procedure of pre-proposals and full proposals and the final selection of research
projects, with the support of the Joint Call Secretariat (JCS).
The CSC is composed of one single representative from each national/regional funding
organisation participating in TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014. The CSC will supervise the preparation and
the implementation of the call and will take all decisions concerning the call. Based on the ranking
list established by the SEC, the CSC will take the final decision on the proposals to be funded.
Members of the CSC are not allowed to submit proposals to this call.
The SEC is a panel of internationally recognised scientific experts in charge of the evaluation of
submitted pre- and full proposals. SEC members are not allowed to submit or participate in
proposals within this call, and must sign declarations on conflicts of interest and confidentiality. In
the second step of evaluation (full proposals stage), in addition to the SEC members, external
experts chosen for their knowledge in specific fields covered by the proposals will also contribute to
the evaluation.
An independent expert will be appointed by the CSC as observer, to assess the conformity of the
implementation of TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014 and, in particular, review the proper implementation of
the independent international peer review conducted by the SEC and the establishment of the
ranking list of projects.
The European Commission will not be involved during the evaluation process, but will review the
outcomes of the evaluation process (the ranking list(s) of the projects, the observers' report on the
evaluation, the joint selection list of the projects to be funded drawn by the CSC, the commitment
on availability of funds by each CSC member for the selected projects), so as to activate the cofund mechanism.
4.
APPLICATION
4.1
Eligibility criteria
Joint transnational research proposals may be submitted by applicants belonging to one of the
following categories depending on national/regional eligibility rules as specified in Annex 3:
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Academic research groups (from universities or other higher education or research
institutions).
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Clinical/public health sector research groups (from hospitals/public health and/or other
health care settings and health organisations).
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Enterprise's research groups (depending on national/regional eligibility rules), with
particular emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises.
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Please note that the inclusion of a non-eligible partner in a proposal will lead to the
rejection of the entire proposal without further review.
Only transnational projects will be funded. Each research consortium must involve a minimum of
four (4) research groups and a maximum of seven (7) research groups. The groups must be from
at least four (4) different countries participating in the call. In addition, a consortium must not
involve more than two (2) research groups from one country (in such cases the minimum number
of groups must be 5, coming from 4 different countries).
In order to strengthen the European translational cancer research area, a wide inclusion of
research team from all the countries/regions participating in the call is encouraged, with a particular
attention to research teams from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia and Turkey.
Each consortium must nominate a coordinator. The coordinator will be responsible for the scientific
management (such as controlling, reporting, intellectual property rights issues, etc.) and will act as
the interface with the JCS and the CSC. Each research team will be represented by one principal
investigator only, who will be the contact person for the respective national/regional funding
organisation.
Consortium must involve at least one basic or pre-clinical research team and one clinical team. It is
also recommended to include expert team in methodology, biostatistics or bioinformatics,
depending on the type of work planned. Consortium may also involve other teams with specialised
skills and know-how (biobanks, model systems, technological platforms, etc.) or expertise
(epidemiology and molecular epidemiology, early phase clinical trials, public health, ELSI, etc.).
Consortium should have sufficient critical mass to achieve ambitious scientific, technological and
medical goals and, along with the particular contribution of each research team, should clearly
demonstrate its transnational added value. The translational nature of the research results is the
key goal of TRANSCAN-2 and, therefore, the consortium should also clearly demonstrate a
knowledge transfer towards clinical, public health and/or industrial applications.
While applications will be submitted by the coordinator, the individual research groups will be
funded by the funding organisation from their country/region that is participating in the
TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014. The applications are therefore subject to eligibility criteria of
national/regional funding organisations. Applicants should refer to the annexes of the document
“Guidelines for Applicants” containing all the specific national/regional eligibility criteria and should
contact their respective national/regional funding organisation contact points for additional
clarification (see Annex 1. Contact information of the national/regional funding organisations).
Please note that an eligibility check before the pre-proposal submission is mandatory for the
Ministry of Health (MOH), Italy.
The duration of the projects shall not exceed three (3) years. According to the eligibility criteria of
the funding organisations contributing to the TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014, a research group may
however receive funding for less than three years.
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4.2.
Submission of joint proposals
TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014 will be implemented through a two-stage submission procedure: preproposals and full proposals. Both pre- and full proposals must be written in English and must be
submitted to the JCS by the coordinator through the electronic submission system exclusively.
In preparing the proposals, applicants should strictly follow the rules described in this call text and
in the document entitled “Guidelines for Applicants”, and use the application forms available from
the electronic submission system or from the TRANSCAN website (www.transcanfp7.eu).
Applicants should take note of individual national/regional rules, and contact their national/regional
contact points for specific questions.
The pre-proposals must be submitted to the electronic submission system no later than the 16th of
March 2015, at 16:00 (Central European Time, CET). The information relating to the selected
pre-proposal will be communicated to the coordinators by June 2015.
The information provided in the pre-proposal application is binding for the entire application
process. Thus, any substantial changes between the pre-proposal and the full proposal (e.g.
composition of the consortia, objectives of the project, etc.) must be communicated in advance to
the JCS with detailed justification and will only be allowed by the CSC under exceptional
circumstances.
The full proposals will have to be submitted to the electronic submission system not later than the
7th of July 2015 at 16:00 (Central European Summer Time, CEST). Please note that full
proposals will only be accepted from applicants explicitly invited by the JCS to submit.
The decision on the results of the full proposals evaluation meeting will be communicated to all the
(successful and unsuccessful) coordinators in October 2015. The coordinators of the full proposals
will receive a summary of the evaluation conclusions in due time.
5.
5.1
EVALUATION
Evaluation criteria
Pre-proposals and full proposals will be assessed according to following criteria.
1. Excellence
a. Scientific quality of the proposal: soundness of the rationale including transdisciplinary
considerations, clarity of the objectives, expected progress beyond the state-of-the-art,
international competitiveness.
b. Relevance of the project regarding the topic (translational research on human tumour
heterogeneity to overcome recurrence and resistance to therapy) and the overall objective
(translational cancer research) of the call; availability and quality of preliminary data.
2. Impact
a.
Potential impact with reference to the development, dissemination and use of project results:
potential impact of the expected results on cancer control, in terms of translation into public
health or clinical practices (enhancing innovation capacity and integration of new knowledge)
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and/or into pharmaceutical/industrial applications; appropriateness of measures for the
dissemination and/or exploitation of project results including socio-economic aspects and
anticipation of intellectual property issues (patenting, industrial exploitation, marketing, etc.).
b. Impact with reference to strengthening the translational capacity building activities:
This sub-criterion will be assessed at the level of the full proposal only and solely for the
scientific proposals recommended for funding.
The assessment of the capacity building component and associated budget will be performed
under this sub-criterion after the scientific assessment of the proposal: hence, a proposal
could be recommended for funding without the part related to capacity building activities if this
part is evaluated as “poor”.
The assessment under this sub-criterion will be performed independently using the following:
• Content: relevance and coherence of the capacity building activities with the proposal
objectives.
• Candidate: background (scientific, medical, etc.), coherence with the CV, scientific
production.
• Host team: expertise of the host team in the field, research qualification of the responsible
person.
3. Quality and efficiency of the implementation
a. Coherence and effectiveness of the work plan: appropriateness and feasibility of the
methodology (including the clinical trial if applicable) and associated technologies used, with
particular regard to the study design, the study population(s), study endpoints.
b. Statistical/bio-statistical aspects and power calculation (including the clinical trial if applicable):
study design; sampling calculations; appropriateness and robustness of statistical analyses:
adequateness of endpoints.
c. Quality of the transnational research consortium: experience of the research partners in the
field(s) of the proposal (for young teams: appropriateness of their current work and training of
their members); quality of the collaboration between the research teams and added value of the
research consortium as a whole.
d. Appropriateness of the management structures and procedures, including risk and innovation
management.
d. Appropriateness of the allocation of tasks and resources to be committed (personnel,
equipment, etc.) and of the estimated budget.
e. Compliance with ethical rules and regulatory aspects
5.2
Scoring
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5.2.1 Range and interpretation of the scores
A scoring system from 0 to 5 will be used to evaluate the proposals performance with respect to
each evaluation criteria, as follows:
0: fails to address the criterion or missing information;
1: criterion poorly addressed/serious weaknesses;
2: fair/ some weaknesses;
3: good/ shortcomings are present;
4: very good/ criterion well addressed;
5: excellent.
Please note that half-marks may be given
5.2.2 Thresholds and weighting
The threshold for individual criteria is 3. The overall threshold, applying to the sum of the
individual scores, is 10.
To determine the ranking:
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5.3
the score of the criterion “impact” will be given a weight of 1.5.
in case of equal score, the “impact” score will be considered first, then the score of
“excellence” and then of “quality and efficiency of the implementation".
Eligibility check of pre-proposals and first step of evaluation
5.3.1 Eligibility check
The JCS will examine all pre-proposals to ensure that they meet the call’s formal criteria (date of
submission, number of participating countries/regions and groups, inclusion of all necessary
information in English, adherence to the application forms, document length). The JCS will forward
the pre-proposals to the national/regional funding organisations, which will perform a formal check
of compliance with their respective regulations.
After completion of the eligibility check, the CSC will take the final decision; the pre-proposals not
considered eligible will be rejected without further review. The coordinators of the non-eligible preproposals will be informed accordingly by the JCS.
5.3.2 Evaluation of pre-proposals
Pre-proposals passing the formal eligibility checks will be reviewed by the SEC panel.
All necessary steps will be taken by the JCS and the CSC to ensure that the SEC members have
no conflict of interest for those proposals that they are asked to review. The SEC members will be
required to formally declare that no conflict of interest exists at any time of their evaluation duty and
will sign a confidentiality agreement concerning all documents and the entire process.
Each pre-proposal will be allocated to at least two (2) SEC members (one of whom will act as
rapporteur). The SEC will meet, discuss the pre-proposals and establish a ranking list in
accordance with the pre-proposals respective merit. Then, the CSC will decide, based on the SEC
recommendations and budget consideration, how many pre-proposals will be invited to submit a
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full proposal. The JCS will communicate to each project coordinator the final decision with respect
to their own application. Successful applicants will be invited by the JCS to submit a full proposal,
with possible recommendations on the project from the SEC and the JCS.
5.4
Eligibility check of full proposals and second step of evaluation
An eligibility check of the full proposals will be performed by the JCS so as to ensure that they
meet the formal criteria of the call and have not changed substantially from the respective preproposals. A full proposal may be excluded from further review, if criteria are not met or if the
proposal objectives or the composition of the consortium deviate substantially from the previously
submitted pre-proposal. In any case, major changes must be communicated in advance to the
JCS, which will contact the concerned national/regional funding organization to discuss the issue; a
formal decision on whether such an exceptional change may be justified will be taken by the CSC.
Each full proposal will be allocated to two (2) SEC members, possibly those who had reviewed the
corresponding pre-proposal, and to at least two (2) external reviewers. One of the SEC members
will be appointed as rapporteur. The SEC members and the external reviewers will independently
assess the full proposals according to the evaluation criteria mentioned above, and will deliver their
evaluation reports to the JCS (via an electronic evaluation system). In preparation of the second
SEC meeting, all SEC members will get access to the evaluation reports. During this second SEC
meeting, each full proposal will be discussed by the SEC member on the basis of the individual
evaluation reports so as to reach consensus scoring. As a result of these discussions and as an
outcome of the SEC meeting a ranking list of the full proposals recommended for funding will be
established.
5.5
Funding decision
After the end of the evaluation process, on the basis on the ranking list established by the SEC and
on the commitment of available funds, the CSC will establish a final list of the projects to be
funded. This joint selection list of the project to be funded, as well as the ranking list of the projects,
the observers' report on the evaluation, and a formal signed commitment from each CSC member,
on availability of funds for the selected projects, will be communicated to the European
Commission for review, so as to activate the co-fund mechanism.
The JCS will communicate to all project coordinators the final decision along with a summary of the
evaluation conclusions.
6.
6.1.
FINANCIAL AND LEGAL ISSUES
Funding model and funding details
The TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014 uses the “virtual common pot” funding model. This means that
funding will be made available by each national/regional funding organisation according to their
specific regulations, for research groups in their country/region. In accordance to the ERA-NET Cofund model, the European Commission can contribute additional funding (up to 33% of the
cumulated national/regional funding actually spent on research project), which will be distributed to
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the research teams through the national/regional funding agencies.
The funding rate will vary up according to national/regional rules to a maximum of 100% of the
funds requested. Funding is granted for a maximum of three years according to national
regulations.
Each research project partner (including the project coordinator) will get a separate funding
contract/letter of grant according to national/regional regulations from his/her national/regional
funding institutions.
As a general rule, no changes to the composition of research consortia or in budget may occur
during the contract/letter of grant. Any minor changes will have to be well justified and the relevant
funding organisations will decide upon the proper action to be taken. However, in case of major
changes, an independent expert may be consulted to help with the final decision of the funding
organisations. The research partners shall inform the JCS and the funding bodies of that project of
any event that might affect the implementation of the project.
Depending on the time needed for the administration of granting funds to the respective
national/regional research groups, individual projects of a research consortium are expected to
start by April 2016. The official start date shall be communicated by the project coordinator to the
JCS and shall appear in the consortium agreement established in accordance to section 6.2 below.
6.2
Research consortium agreement, ownership of intellectual property rights, ethical
issues
It is mandatory for a funded research project consortium to sign a consortium agreement (CA),
addressing the issues indicated in the document "Guidelines for Applicants", including Intellectual
Property Rights (IPR) issues. The research consortium is strongly encouraged to sign this CA
before the official project start date. In any case the CA has to be signed no later than six months
after the official project start date. Upon request, this consortium agreement must be made
available to the concerned TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014 funding organisations.
Results and new IPR resulting from projects funded through the TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014 will be
owned by the relevant organisations according to international/national/regional rules on IPR. If
several participants have jointly carried out work generating new IPR, they shall agree amongst
themselves (CA) as to the allocation of ownership of IPR, taking into account their contributions to
the creation of those IPR as well as the European Commission´s guidelines on IPR issues.
The results of the research project and IPR created should be disseminated and made available
for use, whether for commercial purposes or not, in order to maximize public benefit.
The TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014 funding organisations shall have the right to use documents,
information and results submitted by the research partners and/or to use the information and
results for their own purposes, provided that the owners´ rights are kept.
Any ethical issues, arising for instance if a research project includes a study on patients, should be
addressed at the proposal submission stage, and subsequent authorization presented at the latest,
upon request by the national/regional funding organisations, before the process of grant
negotiation.
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6.3
Confidentiality of proposals
Proposals and any relating information shall be kept confidential by the SEC members, the
external reviewers and the CSC members. Proposals shall not be used for any purpose other
than the evaluation and subsequent monitoring of the funded projects.
Full proposals will be required to include a publishable summary, which will clearly identify the
main goals of the project. If a proposal is funded, this information will be published on the
TRANSCAN website. All other project details shall remain strictly confidential.
7.
REPORTING AND DISSEMINATION
The coordinator of a funded transnational research consortium must submit annual scientific
project reports (within 2 months after the end of a calendar year), and a final scientific project
report (within 3 months after the end of the project) to the JCS. All reports must be written in
English and comply with the reporting form templates (one for the annual reports and one for the
final report) that will be provided to the coordinators of the funded projects in due time.
In addition to these centrally-administered TRANSCAN-2 reports, principal investigators may be
asked to submit financial and/or scientific reports to their national/regional funding organisations.
Each individual contract/letter of grant will be monitored by the respective national/regional
funding organisations.
In case of serious difficulties in the conduct of the research project, the coordinator shall promptly
inform the JCS and the relevant funding organisations. These funding organisations will decide
upon the proper actions to be taken.
Funding recipients must ensure that all results (publications, etc.) arising from the project include
a proper acknowledgement that the project is collectively supported by the national funding
organisations and the EC under the framework of the ERA-NET TRANSCAN-2 initiative.
The coordinators and/or principal investigators may be invited to present the results of their
projects at a TRANSCAN-2 symposium.
8.
CONTACT AND FURTHER INFORMATION
The JCS is set up at the Ministero della Salute-Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy.
The JCS will assist the CSC during the implementation of JTC 2014 as well as during the
monitoring phase (until 3 months after the funded research projects have ended). The JCS will be
responsible for the central management of the call evaluation and monitoring. The JCS will be the
primary contact referring to the TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014 procedures between the research
consortia, the funding organisations (CSC) and the peer reviewers (SEC members and external
experts).
Further information on TRANSCAN-2, the TRANSCAN JTC 2014 and its planned time schedule
is available at the TRANSCAN website: http://www.transcanfp7.eu. Before submitting a proposal,
it is strongly advised to contact the national/regional funding organisations for any questions
regarding JTC 2014 (see Annex 1).
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ANNEX 1. CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE NATIONAL/REGIONAL FUNDING
ORGANISATIONS PARTICIPATING IN TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014
Country /
region
Funding
organisation
Website
National / regional contact
http://www.fwf.ac.at/
Dr. Stephanie RESCH
Austrian Science Fund
Haus der Forschung, Sensengasse 1 1090
Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43-1-505 67 40-8201
E-mail: [email protected]
Belgium:
Research
Flemish region Foundation Flanders (FWO)
http://www.fwo.be/
Dr. Olivier BOEHME
Senior Science Administrator
Research Foundation - Flanders
Egmonstraat 5 B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel. +32 2 550 15 45
E-mail: [email protected]
Belgium:
French
speaking
region
Fund for Scientific
Research
(FNRS)
http://www.fnrs.be/
Dr. Arnaud GOOLAERTS
Scientific Officer
FRS-FNRS
Rue d’Egmont 5 B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel. +32 2 504 93 28
E-mail: [email protected]
Estonia
Estonian Research http://www.etag.ee
Council (ETAg)
Mr. Argo SOON
Estonian Research Council
Soola 8
51013 Tartu
Estonia
Tel: +372 7300 372
E-mail: [email protected]
France
National Cancer
Institute (INCa)
Estelle GERBAUD, PharmD
Research and Innovation Division
52 avenue André Morizet
92513 Boulogne Billancourt Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 41 10 14 16
E-mail: [email protected]r.fr
Austria
Austrian Science
Fund (FWF)
http://www.e-cancer.fr/
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ARC French
http://www.fondationarc.org
Foundation for
Cancer Research
(ARC Foundation)
Nancy ABOU-ZEID, PhD
Translational Research & Innovation Fondation ARC pour la recherche sur le
cancer
9 Rue Guy Moquet – BP 90003 94803
Villejuif Cedex, France Tel: +33 (0)1 45 59 58
44
E-mail: [email protected]
Germany
Federal Ministry of
Education and
Research (BMBF) /
PT- DLR
Project Management Agency of the
German Aerospace Center
(PT-DLR) - Health Research-HeinrichKonen-Str. 1 D-53227 Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)228/3821-1210
Fax: +49 (0)228/3821-1257
E-mail: [email protected]
Greece
General Secretariat http://www.gsrt.gr
for Research and
Technology,
Ministry of
Education and
Religious Affairs
(GSRT)
Danae FARMAKI
General Secretariat for Research &
Technology
International S&T Cooperation Directorate
European Union Division
14-18, Mesogeion Av.,
11510 Athens, Greece
Tel.: (+30) 210 7458100, Fax: (+30) 210
7714153
E-mail: [email protected]
Israel
The Chief Scientist http://www.health.gov.il
Office of the
Ministry of Health
(CSO-MOH)
Ahmi BEN-YEHUDAH, PhD
Director of Research Administration
Chief Scientist Office
Ministry of Health
Israel
Tel: +972-2-5082613
E-mail: [email protected]
http://www.gesundheitsfo
rschu ng-bmbf.de
http://www.gesundheitsfo
rschu ngbmbf.de/de/5113.php
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Italy
Ministry of Health
(MoH)
http://www.salute.gov.it
Dr. Silvia PARADISI
Directorate General for Health Research and
Innovation
Ministry of Health – Ministero della Salute
Viale Giorgio Ribotta, 5 00144 Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 064990 6553
E-mail: [email protected]
Dr. Tiziana CATENA
Directorate General for Health Research and
Innovation
Ministry of Health – Ministero della Salute
Viale Giorgio Ribotta, 5 00144 Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 065994.3528
E-mail: [email protected]
Italy
Ministry of
Education,
Universities and
Research (MIUR)
http://www.istruzione.it/
Dr. Alessandra CUSCIANNA
Office for European Research, MIUR
Piazzale Kennedy, 20 - 00144 Roma
Phone: +39 0697726469
E-mail: [email protected]
Mrs. Irene GUGLIELMO
Office for Research and Enterprises, MIUR
Piazzale Kennedy, 20 - 00144 Roma
Phone:+39 0697727470
E-mail: [email protected]
Italy
Alliance Against
Cancer (ACC)
www.alleanzacontroilcan Dr. Ruggero DE MARIA
cro.it
Alliance Against Cancer
Via Giorgio Ribotta 5, 0144 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 065994.3412
Email: [email protected]
Dr. Gennaro CILIBERTO
Alliance Against Cancer
Via Giorgio Ribotta 5, 00144 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 065994.3412
Email: [email protected]
Dr. Maddalena BARBA
Alliance Against Cancer
Via Giorgio Ribotta 5, 00144 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 065994.3412
Email: [email protected]
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Latvia
Latvian Academy
of Sciences (LAS)
http://www.lza.lv
Dr. Maija BUNDULE
Centre of European Programs Latvian
Academy of Sciences
1 Akademijas laukums, Riga, 1050 Latvia
Tel: +371 67227790
E-mail: [email protected]
Dr. Uldis BERKIS
Centre of European Programs Latvian
Academy of Sciences
1 Akademijas laukums, Riga, 1050 Latvia
Tel: +371 67409242
E-mail: [email protected]
The
Netherlands
Norway
Dutch Cancer
Society (DCS)
http://www.kwf.nl
Merel HOOZEMANS
KWF Kankerbestrijding Delflandlaan 17/
Postbus 75508 1070 AM Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: + 31 20 5700500
Email: [email protected]
The Netherlands
Organisation for
Health Research
and Development
(ZONMW)
www.zonmw.nl/
Erica HACKENITZ
ZonMw Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 334 2593
CE The Hague The Netherlands
Tel: +31 70 349 5159
E-Mail: [email protected]
The Research
http://www.forskningsrad
Karianne SOLAAS
Council of Norway et.no/
The Research Council of Norway, Division for
(RCN)
Society and Health, Department for Health
P.O Box 564 NO-1327 Lysaker
E-mail: [email protected] Tel: +47 22 03 70 84
Henrietta BLANKSON
The Research Council of Norway, Division for
Society and Health, Department for Health
P.O Box 564 NO-1327 Lysaker
E-mail: [email protected] Tel: + 47 22 03 71 76
Norwegian Cancer www.kreftforeningen.no
Society (NCS)
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Nina ANENSEN
Norwegian Cancer Society
Postboks 4, Sentrum
0101 Oslo Norway
Tel: +47 93 00 74 07
E-mail: [email protected]
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Poland
National Centre for http://www.ncbir.pl/
Research and
Development
(NCBiR)
Robert LESIUK
Section for Research Projects BIOMED,
ul. Nowogrodzka 47a, 00-695 Warszawa,
Poland,
+48 22 39 07 296, e-mail:
[email protected]
Marcin CHMIELEWSKI
Section for Research Projects BIOMED,
ul. Nowogrodzka 47a, 00-695 Warszawa,
Poland,
+48 22 39 07 109, e-mail:
[email protected]
Portugal
Marta ABRANTES
Department of International Relations
Foundation for Science and Technology
(FCT)
Av. D. Carlos I, nº126 - 7º
1249 - 074 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel. +351 213911596
[email protected]
Foundation for
www.fct.pt
Science and
Technology (FCT)
Rui DURÃO
Departamento de Relações Internacionais
(DRI) Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126 1249-074 Lisboa
Portugal
Tel.: +351 213 911 543
[email protected]
Slovakia
Slovak Academy of http://www.sav.sk
Sciences (SAS)
Mr. Jan BARANCIK, PhD
Department for International Cooperation of
SAS,
Slovak Academy of Sciences, Štefánikova 49
814 38 - Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Tel: +421 2 5751 0137
E-mail: [email protected]
Mr. Martin NOVAK, PhD.
Department for International Cooperation of
SAS,
Slovak Academy of Sciences,
Štefánikova 49
814 38 - Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Tel: +421 2 5751 0179
E-mail: [email protected]
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Slovenia
Ministry of
http://www.mizs.gov.si/en M r . L u k a ŽIVIČ
Directorate for Science MIZS
Education, Science /
Masarykova 16
and Sport (MIZS)
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +386-14784756
Spain
National Institute of http://www.isciii.es/
Health Carlos III
(ISCIII)
M s . Ana TARDÓN
Office for EU and International Research
Projects
Dept. of International Research Programmes
and External Relations
Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Av/Monforte de Lemos 5. Pabellón 6. 28029,
Madrid, Spain
Email: [email protected]
Tel.: +34 91 822 2530
Spain
The Foundation for http://www.ficyt.es
the support of the
Applied Scientific
Research and
Technology in
Asturias (FICYT)
Inés Rey HIDALGO
Innovation Management Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +34 985 20 74 34
Taiwan
Ministry of Science http://www.most.gov.tw
and Technology
(MoST)
Dr. Louis CHEN
Ministry of Science and Technology (Taiwan)
No. 106, Sec 2 Heping E. Road, Taipei,
106,Taiwan, R.O.C
Tel:+886-2-2737-7959
E-mail: [email protected]
Turkey
The Scientific and
Technological
Research Council
of Turkey
(TÜBITAK)
http://www.tubitak.gov.tr/ Ms. Melike SEVİMLİ
TÜBİTAK Tunus Caddesi No:80 06100
Kavaklıdere / Ankara, Turkey Tel: + 90 312
468 53 00 / 1976
E-mail: [email protected]
Ms. A. Özge GÖZAY
TÜBİTAK Tunus Caddesi No:80 06100
Kavaklıdere / Ankara, Turkey Tel: + 90 312
468 53 00 / 1007
E-mail: [email protected]
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ANNEX 2. INDICATIVE FUNDING COMMITMENT OF THE FUNDING ORGANISATIONS
PARTICIPATING IN TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014
Country/ Region
Participating funding
organisation
Anticipated
Envisioned amount
number of
of funding
fundable research
(Mio € for 3 years)
groups
Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
0.750
3
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
0.200
1
speaking region
Fund for Scientific Research
(FNRS)
0.200
1
Estonia
Estonian Research Council (ETAg)
0.100
2
National Cancer Institute (INCa)
1.500
5-10
ARC French Foundation for Cancer
Research (ARC Foundation)
0.500
1-3
Germany
Federal Ministry of Education and
Research (BMBF)
3.000
10-12
Greece
General Secretariat for Research and
Technology, Ministry of Education and
Religious Affairs (GSRT)
0.500
5
Israel
The Chief Scientist Office of the Ministry of
Health (CSO-MOH)
0.200
2
Italy
Ministry of Health (MoH)
3.000
10-15
Italy
Ministry of Education, Universities and
Research (MIUR)
0.500
Italy
Alliance Against Cancer (ACC)
0.250
Austria
Belgium: Flemish
region
Belgium: French
France
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Latvia
Latvian Academy of Science (LAS)
0.300
1-2
Dutch Cancer Society (DCS)
1.000
3-4
The Netherlands Organisation for Health
Research and Development (ZonMw)
0.300
1
The Research Council of Norway (RCN)
0.500
The Netherlands
3-5
Norway
Norwegian Cancer Society (NCS)
0.500
Poland
National Centre for Research and
Development (NCBiR)
0.500
1-2
Portugal
Foundation for Science and Technology
(FCT)
0.325
1-2
Slovakia
Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
0.210
1-2
Slovenia
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
(MIZS)
0.450
2-3
Spain
National Institute of Health Carlos III
(ISCIII)
0.500
3-5
Spain
The Foundation for the support of the
Applied Scientific Research and
Technology in Asturias (FICYT)
0.300
4-5
Taiwan
Ministry of Science and Technology
(MoST)
1.000
4-5
Turkey
The Scientific and Technological Research
Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)
0.800
4-5
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ANNEX 3. ELIGIBILITY OF BENEFICIARY INSTITUTIONS FOR THE FUNDING
ORGANISATIONS PARTICIPATING IN TRANSCAN-2 JTC 2014
Eligible beneficiary institution (1)
Country/
Region
Participating funding
organisation
Academia
Clinical/ public
health
Enterprise
Applications for
projects from Austria
may only be
submitted by single
natural persons.
Affirmation of the
research institution
(academia,
clinical/public health,
enterprise) of the
applicant is
mandatory.
Austria
Austrian Science Fund
(FWF)
Applications for
projects from Austria
may only be
submitted by single
natural persons.
Affirmation of the
research institution
(academia,
clinical/public health,
enterprise) of the
applicant is
mandatory.
Applications for
projects from Austria
may only be
submitted by single
natural persons.
Affirmation of the
research institution
(academia,
clinical/public health,
enterprise) of the
applicant is
mandatory.
Belgium:
Flemish
region
Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)
Yes (only clinics
associated with
universities are
eligible)
Only official
No
research institutions
and university
hospitals, and
always in
cooperation with a
Flemish university
(Cf. art. 9 of the
Regulations on New
Research Projects of
FWO)
Belgium:
French
speaking
region
Fund for Scientific
Research
(FNRS)
Yes
Wallonie-Bruxelles
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Estonia
Estonian Research
Council (ETAg)
Yes
Yes
Yes
France
National Cancer Institute Yes
(INCa)
Yes
No
ARC French Foundation
for Cancer Research
(ARC Foundation)
Germany
Federal Ministry of
Education and Research
(BMBF)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Greece
General Secretariat for
Research and
Technology, Ministry of
YES, according to
the national rules
YES, according to
the national rules
YES, according to
the national rules
Israel
The Chief Scientist Office Yes
of the Ministry of Health
(CSO-MOH)
Yes
Only on their own
budget
Italy
Ministry of Health (MoH)
Yes
No
Italy
Ministry of Education,
Universities, Public
Universities and Research Research Centres
and Organizations
(MIUR)
Research institutions
or research
organizations,
associations or
foundations which
perform mainly
research activities
as stated in their
statutory documents
Enterprises or
private research
centers or
organisations
Italy
Alliance Against Cancer
(ACC)
No
Yes
No
Latvia
Latvian Academy of
Sciences (LAS)
Yes
Yes, should be
Yes,
conform
should conform with
with EC R 800/2008 EC R 800/2008
No
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The
Netherlands
Norway
Dutch Cancer Society
(DCS)
Yes, according to
grant conditions
KWF
Kankerbestrijding
Yes, research
institutes and
university hospitals
according to grant
conditions KWF
Kankerbestrijding
No
The Netherlands
Organisation for Health
Research and
Development (ZONMW)
Yes, according to
grant conditions of
ZonMw and KWF
Kankerbestrijding
As for KWF
Kankerbestrijding
As for KWF
Kankerbestrijding
Yes
No
The Research Council of Yes
Norway (RCN)
Norwegian Cancer
Society (NCS)
Poland
National Centre for
Research and
Development (NCBR)
Yes, according to
the national
regulations
Yes, according to
the national
regulations
Yes, according to the
national regulations
Portugal
Foundation for Science
and Technology (FCT)
Yes, according to
the national rules
Yes, according to
the national rules
Yes, according to the
national rules (max.
of 50% of the total
budget)
Slovakia
Slovak Academy of
Sciences (SAS)
Yes
No
No
Slovenia
Ministry of Education,
Science and Sport
(MIZS)
Yes, according to
the national rules
Yes, according to
the national rules
Yes, according to the
national rules
Spain
National Institute of
Health Carlos III (ISCIII)
Yes, only those
Yes
specified in national
rules
Spain
The Foundation for the
support of the Applied
Scientific Research and
Technology in Asturias
(FICYT)
Yes. University and
those other
specified in regional
rules.
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No
Yes, according to
Yes. Companies and
regional regulations. Private entities (for
Only private for profit profit)
entities
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Taiwan
Ministry of Science and
Technology (MoST)
Yes
Yes, but limit to
those endorsed by
the MoST
No
Turkey
The Scientific and
Technological Research
Council of Turkey
(TÜBITAK)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Please note that the information on this table is only indicative. Applicants are encouraged to
contact their national/regional contact points for further information.
(1)
The eligibility of companies and institutions is subject to different regulations in the participating
country/region. Further details regarding the eligible beneficiaries and other national eligibility criteria and
requirements are available on the “Guidelines for Applicants” and the TRANSCAN website
(http://www.transcanfp7.eu/).
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