EJP RD funded training – Research on RD

Research Mobility Fellowship (15 March-26 April)

The call for Research Mobility Fellowships aims to financially support PhDs, Postdocs and medical doctors in training to undertake short scientific visits (secondments) fostering specialist research training outside their countries of residence. Applicants who will receive fellowships for Research Mobility should acquire at their host (secondment) institution new competences and knowledge related to their research on rare diseases and with benefit to their ERN.

The exchange can be carried out within member institutions of the same ERNs (or ERN affiliated Partners), between member institutions of different ERNs (or ERN affiliated Partners) and between ERN (or ERN affiliated Partners)and non-ERN institutions. Either home or host (secondment) institution must be member or affiliated Partner of an ERN at the time when the application is submitted, as well as during the proposed period of the training stay.

Fellows have to take into consideration several elements such as:

  • Relevance and impact of the project, for the fellow, home and host institution and the ERN as a whole
  • Clear added value for the ERN(s)
  • Quality of the research proposal
  • Organization and proposed methodology of the training
  • Relevance of timelines and of required resources and budget

Research mobility fellowships are meant to cover 4 weeks to 6 months.

  • Both the sending and the receiving institution must be located in countries involved in EJP RD, which are: Austria, Armenia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunesia,Turkey, UK and Ukraine.
  • Training must be completed within 18 months of application approval.
  • Training is not allowed to start before the official approval letter from the WP 17 coordination office

Their travel and accommodation expenses will be covered, up to fixed maximum amount.

Applicants/Application profile:

  • PhD students with a minimum of one year of research experience at the time of submitting a proposal
  • Postdocs/research fellows within five years after receiving PhD degree
  • Physicians with at least one year of rare disease specialist training and within five years of completion of clinical training
  • Residency of applicant must be in a country involved in EJP RD (see above).

Relevant documents for application can be found on this page.


The call for selection of topics for research training workshops is open.
Applicants from ERN Full Members or Affiliated Partners can submit WORKSHOP TOPICS on rare diseases research to obtain funds (25.000€) in order to conduct a 2-day workshop.

Click here for more information.

The call closed on 7 March 2021.

Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, selected proposals will have up to 18 months to conduct the research workshops.