ERA-Net on Cardiovascular Diseases – ERA-CVD
ERA-CVD is a newly established European Research Area Network (ERA-Net) comprising 23 Partners from 18 countries/regions, that has been granted for funding through the current EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation ‘Horizon 2020’. It will run from October 2015 to September 2020.
The goal of ERA-CVD is to create a European Research Area in which cardiovascular research is conducted and funded across countries, allowing research groups to jointly work on specific problems, exchange ideas, and benefit from cross border expertise. ERA-CVD will implement one Joint Transnational Call (JTC2016) with EU co-funding followed by several non-co-funded JTC in the upcoming years.
Furthermore, ERA-CVD cooperates with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Heart Network (EHN). Moreover, the exchange and collaboration with European Research Infrastructures, e.g. the ESFRI-initiatives is intended in order to set up an efficient European framework for innovative transnational research on CVD and international collaborations.
The organisational structure of ERA-CVD is based on 4 pillars: the Network Coordination Unit (NCU), The Operating Group of the Work Package Leaders (WPL), the Network Steering Committee (NSC) and the External Advisory Board (EAB).
Furthermore, all JTCs are reviewed with the support of external reviewers joining the evaluation meeting (SEB, Scientific Evaluation Board) and those preparing written reviews on the proposals (pre- and full proposals).
Work Package1 (WP1): Consortium coordination and management
The objective of WP1 is to set up management structures and activities necessary to coordinate the ERA-CVD network, work packages and the JTCs. Therefore, both consortium management and network coordination are crucial activities for the efficient day-to-day follow-up on the commitments between partners.
Co-funded JTC2016 (WP2-5)
The WPs 2-5 are dedicated to the implementation of the co-funded JTC 2016.
The tasks are:
WP2: Preparation and launch of the co-funded call (JTC2016)
- Preparation and launch of the co-funded Joint Transnational Call (JTC2016)
- Set-up of a Joint Call Secretariat (JCS) and all necessary tools needed for launch implementation and Dissemination
- Development of the call documents and decisions on related procedures
- Support for researchers during the application process.
WP3: Evaluation and proposal selection of the co-funded call (JTC2016)
- Implementation of the co-funded joint call
- Coordination of the proposal selection during the two-step peer-review process
- Funding of the best projects in accordance with the call specification will be ensured.
WP4: Monitoring and assessment of the projects funded through the co-funded call (JTC2016)
- Set of a list of indicators to monitor and assess the outputs of the co-funded joint call
- Follow up of the progress of the ERA-CVD co-funded projects
- Assessment of the achievements of the ERA-CVD co-funded projects with regard to their proposed working plan.
WP5: Communication, exploitation and dissemination of results from the co-funded projects (JTC2016)
Communication and dissemination of results of the co-funded call JTC2016 to four groups:
- the scientific community (including clinicians)
- programme owners and managers across Europe
- policy makers on national and European levels
- the general public
These target groups will be approached using means and instruments that overcome both geographic and cultural boundaries, namely, Internet-based tools, such as ERA-CVD webpages and social media as well as designated newsletters, leaflets and press releases.
WP6: Implementation of non-co-funded Joint Transnational Calls on Cardiovascular Diseases Research (JTC2017, JTC2018 and JTC2019)
ERA-CVD will concentrate on the most important part of its activities after the co-funded call: launching yearly JTCs. ERA-CVD partners are in favour of launching two additional joint calls without EC co-funding (JTC2017 and JTC2018) and will explore the possibility for launching a fourth call (third call without EC funding, JTC2019).
WP7: Monitoring and assessment of ERA-CVD activities and of the non-co-funded Projects
- to monitor and evaluate the operational processes underlying ERA-CVD activities
- to follow the progress of the projects funded under the scope of the ERA-CVD non-co-funded JTCs
- to assess preliminary outcomes of the ERA-CVD JTC2017 and JTC2018 funded projects with regard to their proposed working plan
WP8: Communication, exploitation and dissemination of results from non-co-funded projects (JTCs 2017- 2019)
- to bridge over the information gap between cardiovascular research and the general public
- to report to the public on the outcome of their tax-payer investment
- to increase public awareness to the importance of cardiovascular research and facilitate public support to its funding
- to disseminate ERA-CVD activities and accomplishments within the scientific community
- to report to policy makers (European, national) about the achievements of ERA-CVD
- to circulate information on ERA-CVD to program owners and managers who are not partners in ERA-CVD.
WP9: Network and scientific research priorities
This Work package aims at identifying the scientific research priorities in CVD research. Research needs for ERA-CVD calls will be gathered from consultation with experts and relevant stakeholders. In collaboration with the European Society of Cardiology the CardioScape project database will be adjusted and updated, in order to remain a useful tool for the CVD community in Europe and to avoid duplication of efforts in CVD research mapping. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Data Sharing will be addressed to encourage data sharing of CVD research projects and point out IPR issues in a workshop. Finally, to ensure a strategic research funding policy for the future, a sustainability plan for activities beyond ERA-CVD will be developed.