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The M-ERA.NET network is funded by the European Union. Launched through FP7 in 2012, the network will pursue its activities under the Horizon 2020 program between 2016 and 2021. It was created to support and strengthen coordination for European research and innovation programs, along with all related materials science and engineering funding.

M-ERA.NET includes 43 public funding agencies from 32 European and non-European countries (

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 2019 M-ERA-NET call for projects. Under this call, 35 funding agencies from over 25 European and non-European countries will be participating with a preliminary budget of roughly €25 million.

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.

The call targets technologies in all areas of application (see the M-ERA.NET guide for more details)

  1. Modelling for engineering and materials processing
  2. Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces
  3. High performance composites
  4. Functional materials
  5. New strategies for advanced material-based technologies in health applications
  6. Materials for additive manufacturing

The pre-proposal submission deadline will be June 18, 2019 (6:00 a.m. Montreal time, 12 p.m. Brussels time).


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.

  • The consortium must include at least 3 partners (all funding applicants) from at least 2 different countries taking part in the 2019 M-ERA.NET call (at least 1 EU Member State or an associated country).
  • Technology readiness levels for targeted projects range from 1 to 9 (see the M-ERA.NET guide for subject-specific levels);
  • Project applicants may be universities, CCTTs or public research centres;
  • Minimum of one company (primarily an SME) with a presence in Quebec (production or R&D);
  • 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 19, 2019: 2019 call launch
  • June 18, 2019: Pre-proposals submission deadline
  • September 6, 2019: Deadline to submit a copy of the additional funding request
  • September 11, 2019: National/regional pre-proposal verification and issuing of the PRIMA-MEI committee decision, authorizing the transition to a full proposal
  • September 18 and 19, 2019: Coordination meeting and feedback to candidates
  • November 19, 2019: Full proposal submission deadline
  • November 22, 2019: Start of full proposal central evaluation
  • End of January 2020: Selection meeting – coordination of national/regional funding recommendations for the final selection list
  • Early February 2020: Feedback to candidates
  • March 2020: Start of contract negotiations for proposals selected at the national/regional levels
  • March 2020: Start of funded projects


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If you plan to submit as a main project sponsor or consortium participant and require assistance throughout the process, please contact Senior Advisor Michel Lefèvre as soon as possible.

Michel Lefèvre
Principal Advisor, Technology and innovation
PRIMA Québec
514 284-0211 ext. 227