M-ERA.NET is an EU funded network which has been established to support and increase the coordination of European research programmes and related funding in materials science and engineering.

M-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2012


The specific objectives for Call 2012 are increasing synergy, support for innovation chain, international cooperation, multidisciplinarity and socio-ecological benefits. Proposals will typically be smaller than proposals submitted to the EU Framework Programme. This call supports the following topics:

  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME);
  • Design of New Interfaces, Surfaces and Coatings;
  • Hybrid Composites;

 The following two topics are in the 2012 call, but ARE NOT eligible for funding in the UK.

  • Materials for Energy Systems
  • Secondary Raw Materials;

 Diary Dates

Publication of the joint call 20th September 2012

Mandatory Pre proposals 27th November 2012 - 12:00 noon Brussels time

Mid-February 2013 - Feedback to applicants

Deadline for submission 23rd April 2013 - 12:00 noon Brussels time

Early June 2013 M-ERA.NET feedback to applicants

Summer/Autumn 2013 - Start of funded projects

 Project Eligibility

Project consortia must have at least 3 partners from 2 different participating countries in the M-ERA.NET call 2012, or 2 regions in different countries (see Annex 2 for details) can apply for funding.

SMEs, Large companies, Academic research groups, universities, public research organizations or other research organizations may also participate according to their regional/national financing regulations.

National/regional funding rules apply; therefore in some cases only certain topics or types of organizations are eligible (e.g. some programmes fund only industrial but no academic partners, basic and/or applied research).

See Pdf m.era.net Guide for Proposers

UK Participants Eligibility

Only UK Industrial partners [Large companies and SMEs] are eligible for funding from the Technology Strategy Board.  Academics are welcome to participate in projects but they have to self fund or secure funding from other sources prior to application.

  • UK Partner grant funding levels will be 50% of eligible costs.
  • All UK participants must be separate legal entities.
  • Companies with fewer than 5 Full Time staff cannot lead a project, unless agreed prior to application with the Technology Strategy Board.
  • Companies must have been trading for at least 12 months, VAT registered and have to provide evidence they have the resources and finances to undertake the project.
  • Maximum grant limit is €300,000 for all UK consortium partners in a single project.
  • No single UK company can:
                     o   Receive more than €500,000 from the M ERA.NET call budget.
                     o   Be a partner in more than 3 proposals for funding.
  • Subcontracting is limited to 20% of the UK partner grant.

There are specific accountancy rules for Sole Traders & Micro Companies [companies with less than 10 employees].

Claims under the UK grant must be for project costs incurred in the UK; project management must be undertaken by a project participant and cannot be subcontracted.

Applications will be reviewed to identify if there are any obvious reasons for exclusion on the basis of national track record such as the participant having already received funding for the same or a very similar activity.

See Pdf on the eligible project costs for eligible costs for UK industrial partners.

For eligibility/operational questions contact,

Graham M Mobbs
European Operations Manager
Technology Strategy Board
Tel:: +44 (0)7824 599585
E-mail:   graham.mobbs@tsb.gov.uk


For technical questions contact,

Dr John Morlidge
Lead Technologist Advanced Materials
Technology Strategy Board
Tel :+44(0)7775220696
E.  mail john.morlidge@tsb.gov.uk




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