Announcement ERA-NET ‘M-ERA.NET 3’ – cofund-oproep 2021

“Materials and battery technologies”

A new joint transnational cofunded call for research projects is open, within the framework of the ERA-NET ‘M-ERA.NET 3’, an extensive network that focusses on: “materials research and innovation including materials for low carbon energy technologies, future batteries technology and related production technologies”.

The following topics are included in the call:

  • Modelling for materials engineering, processing, properties and durability;
  • Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces;
  • High performance composites;
  • Functional materials;
  • New strategies for advanced material-based technologies for health applications;
  • Materials for additive manufacturing.

More elaborate information on the scope and topics is available in the ‘guide for proposers’ document (the actual ‘call text’), from p.6 onwards.

Deadline for pre-proposal submission: 15 June 2021, 12h CET (Brussels)

The available call information can be consulted on the M-ERA.NET-website. One can also verify which countries/regions participate in the call, which can be useful information in the light of setting up an international consortium. Next to the general eligibility criteria and regulations taken up in the call text, researchers applying for FWO funding also have to comply with the ‘national/regional’ FWO regulations, which are essential when it comes to the eligibility of the Flemish (FWO) subproject.

FWO modalities

Both the FWO (junior/senior) research project (FO) and Strategic Basic Research (SBO) funding channels are integrated within this call. The type and scope of the proposed research project will determine the choice of funding channel for the research from within Flanders (FWO). Non-compliance with the specific requirements per funding channel might lead to non-eligibility.

Please note, this is only an FWO requirement: European and/or international partners within the project consortium can choose their type of research freely. Only the more ‘fundamental’ nature for ‘FO’ projects, or ‘strategic’ nature and strong valorisation component for SBO projects of the partners from Flanders has to be guaranteed.

Project proposals should be submitted at the M-ERA.NET call secretariat by European and international consortia, respecting the general eligibility criteria, as taken up in the call text. No separate national project submission is required for the FWO (apart from a valorisation plan, when it implies an SBO project). The FWO is able to support 2 projects for a 3 years duration, with an available maximum applicable budget of 350.000 EUR (overhead included) per project/consortium as a whole. The FWO budgetary rules, which differ per funding channel, are also clarified in the ‘national/regional FWO regulations’ document.

For the ‘FO’ funding channel the respective regulation applies. For the SBO channel the SBO regulation has to be taken in to account. SBO implies projects with a primarily economic and/or societal finality, for which ‘valorisation’ is a key - and mandatory - aspect.

Some key points to take into account

  • The researchers are asked to provide proactively, and before the pre-proposal submission deadline, a concise – but to the point – valorisation plan to the FWO (no fixed format, max. 1-2 A4-pages), which i) clarifies the valorisation context within Flanders (and internationally eventually), and ii) mentions the involved – and specific - actors from Flanders. This document can be sent towards the eranet@fwo.be email address. Failure to comply with this requirement might lead to ineligibility.
  • Diverging overhead calculations apply for the FO funding channel at one hand and the SBO channel on the other, what is explained in the ‘national/regional FWO regulations’ document.
  • Projects aiming at the development of a spin-off are not eligible in this context.
  • It is advised to consult the central coordination unit of the researchers’ host institution when it comes to determining the SBO overhead regulation. The SBO overhead implies a percentage of maximum 17%, which is calculated on the totality of the direct costs, as specified in the SBO cost model (the sum of the direct costs and the overhead included may not exceed an amount of 350.000 EUR in total).
  • The project duration is limited to 36 months, which implies that the funding has to be budgeted and spent accordingly. An automatic prolongation and using positive (financial) balances after the end date is not applicable in this framework.
  • ERA-NET participation does not interfere with the ‘regular’ project submission framework, and is consequently not taken into account for calculating the max. available number of new applications and running projects combined. However, researchers can only participate within 2 different international consortia, if it implies different subjects.
  • Per consortium maximum 350.000 EUR is available for researchers applying for FWO funding, independent on the number of researchers/consortiumpartners applying for FWO funding.

Additionally, matching funding is not allowed (e.g. with VLAIO means).

Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact the FWO before submission, in view of the eligibility criteria, and in order to avoid the ineligibility of a researcher, and the project consortium as a whole.

Information about FWO participation can also be obtained by contacting the following FWO collaborator:

Toon Monbaliu

+32 2 550 15 70
eranet@fwo.be