CALL FOR PROJECTS – M-ERA.NET
FUNDING OF INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH IN THE FIELD OF ADVANCED MATERIALS
M-ERA.NET started in 2012 under FP7 with 37 partners from 25 European countries. It continued as M-ERA.NET 2 from 2016 to 2022 with 43 partners from 29 countries and is now running in its third phase as M-ERA.NET 3 until 2026 under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET COFUND scheme with currently 50 public funding organisations from 36 countries. The diverse and experienced network comprises national and regional funding programmes from 25 EU member states and 5 associated countries and includes 6 non-European organisations (https://m-era.net/about/consortium).
M-ERA.NET seeks to address societal challenges and technological needs through an interdisciplinary approach, providing a flexible umbrella structure that covers new themes in materials research and innovation, including materials for low-carbon technologies and related production technologies. Its main activities involve the launch of a series of joint calls for transnational R&D projects. These calls provide the European R&D community with a chance to access coordinated funding across Europe, along with premium information from around the world.
In an effort to support collaborative research and development (R&D) in advanced materials, PRIMA Québec is launching a new international call for projects under PSO-International. PSO-International helps support international activities conducted by Quebec universities, colleges, institutions and industries working in various research and innovation niches. For this purpose, the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI) supports the participation of PRIMA Québec in the 2021 M-ERA-NET call for projects. Under this call, 45 funding agencies from 32 countries participate with a total budget of approximately 60 million €, including an EU contribution. Advanced materials involve any new or significantly improved material that provides a considerable performance advantage (physical or functional) over conventional materials.
In accordance with its strategic plan, PRIMA Québec seeks to promote the submission of projects intended to develop advanced materials for use in key sectors across Quebec, such as transportation and infrastructure, energy, the environment, textiles, electronics and health.
Horizontal objectives for the Call 2021:
- Support the European Green Deal by increasing attention to clean energy technologies and future batteries:
M-ERA.NET aims to strengthen the contribution of materials R&D for clean energy-related applications and batteries technologies. M-ERA.NET will support the transition towards circular economy by addressing aspects like eco-design, durability of products, process efficiency with reduced energy and materials consumption.
- Support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals:
M-ERA.NET will contribute to a wider public debate on the impact of materials research and its potential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, M-ERA.NET will support SDG 7 (“Affordable and clean energy”) through fostering research on sustainable energy storage technology and SDG 9 (“Industrial innovation and infrastructure”) by upgrading the technological capabilities of industrial sectors.
- Socio-ecological benefits in the context of RRI:
M-ERA.NET calls will address EU areas of socio-ecological relevance, illustrating the leveraging effects materials research and innovation have on areas that reflect meaningful societal needs. M-ERA.NET will develop responsible research and innovation processes to systematically address socio-ecological, ethical and political dimensions of material research, development and use.
- Support for the Innovation chain:
Making best use of the interdisciplinary network the calls in M-ERA.NET will facilitate the generation of knowledge along the innovation chain, from excellent science and research to innovative industrial applications.
- Strengthen interdisciplinarity:
M-ERA.NET is the platform for an integrative approach across disciplines and across application fields, making the initiative an attractive and efficient tool for transnational joint projects that were unlikely to be realised before.
The call targets technologies in all areas of application (see the M-ERA.NET guide for more details)
- Topic 1 : Modelling for materials engineering, processing, properties and durability
- Topic 2 : Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces
- Topic 3 : High performance composites
- Topic 4 : Functional materials
- Topic 5 : New strategies for advanced material-based technologies in health applications
- Topic 6 : Materials for Additive Manufacturing
Transversal priority: research on future batteries
Research on batteries is a key objective of the Call 2021 and clearly addressed in the scope of multiple topics. Battery-related objectives and impact are explicitly highlighted in the respective detailed topic descriptions.
The pre-proposal submission deadline will be June 15, 2021 (6:00 am, Montreal time, 12 pm, Brussels time).
MAIN ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The list above includes the main criteria, all of which can be found in the guide. The call for projects is funded by PSO-International. Proposals must meet all PRIMA and M-ERA.NET criteria.
- Minimum requirement: Project consortia must consist of at least 3 partners (all requesting funding from a funding organisation listed in Annex 3) from at least 2 different countries (at least 2 EU member state or associated country1) participating in the M-ERA.NET Call 2021. In addition to the minimum consortium the participation of further partners is possible.
- Coordinator must request funding from a funding organisation listed in Annex 3.
- Proposal must address appropriate TRLs for selected M-ERA.NET Call 2021 topics;
- Project applicants may be universities, CCTTs or public research centres;
- Proposers must provide their respective PIC2-numbers in the proposal; proposers without a validated PIC will be able to use a temporary PIC for submission.
- Minimum of one company (primarily an SME), the company need a presence in Quebec (production or R&D); Partner participation is the subject of a signed letter of support.
- Minimum 20% cash contribution from the company;
- Maximum 50% contribution from PRIMA Québec;
- Additional sources will not include MEI or Mitacs funding;
- Maximum 80% public funds;
- Other M-ERA.NET consortium partners must contribute at least 30% of the project’s total cost;
- 5% of all direct research costs and management fees (3% company, 2% MEI);
- Maximum duration of 3 years with a PRIMA contribution of up to $500K, including MEI and IRC management fees.
- March 15, 2021: Call launch
- April 6, 2021: Webinar
- April 28, 2021 : Transatlantic Webinar & Matchmaking event Battery-related technologies (link to come)
- June 15, 2021: Pre-proposals submission deadline and PRIMA pre-proposal form
- End of September 2021 : Coordination meeting and feedback to candidates
- November 17, 2021: Full proposal submission deadline
- January 15, 2022: Deadline to submit a copy of the additional funding request
- Early February 2022: Feedback to candidates
- March-May 2022: Start of funded projects
- Guide de présentation des demandes
- Guide d’instructions M-ERA.NET (en anglais)
- Formulaire de demande PRIMA Québec
- Si vous êtes coordinateur principal du projet, voir site M-ERA-NET pour les formulaires M-ERA.NET
- PRIMA Québec Instruction Guide
- M-ERA.NET Instruction Guide
- PRIMA Québec Application Form
- If you are the main project coordinator, see M-ERA-NET site for M-ERA.NET forms
For eligibility criteria or to discuss your innovation project, contact:
Michel Lefèvre Director – Programs & International Collaborations 514 284-0211 ext. 227