New funding opportunity in Infectious Diseases

Friday, 24 January 2014

The National Science Centre together with Infect-ERA consortium is pleased to announce a new call for proposal. In this call, Infect-ERA aims to fund transnational and translational research, bringing together basic, applied, technology-driven and clinical research approaches of a broad variety of research topics regarding human infectious diseases. The call will enable multinational, collaborative research projects addressing specific topics of human infectious diseases caused by bacteria, virus, fungi or protozoa.

Transnational research consortia are invited to submit proposals related with at least one of the following themes, which are equal in relevance for this call:

  1. Assess the role of commensal flora in homeostasis and microbe’s pathogenicity, and elucidate how commensal organisms or probiotics can be used to prevent or treat infections.
  2. Development and application of new techniques to investigate the initial steps of the infection process.

To address these themes, the proposals should integrate one of the following approaches:

(i) Application of novel approaches and technologies such as metagenomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics.

(ii) Integration of new approaches to understand the effect of the pathogen upon infection and to develop biomarkers, preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

Proposals focused on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B/C, malaria and tuberculosis are not in the scope of the call.


Each consortium applying to this call must include a maximum of six participants (maximum of two partners per country) from a minimum of three participating countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, India, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden.

Young scientists

Part of the available funding is dedicated especially to consortia of young scientists. Each project leader of such consortia must be a “young scientist”, which is defined as having been awarded a PhD or equivalent at least two and a maximum of nine years before the deadline for submission of pre proposals (periods of maternity/paternity leave or military service shall be taken into account).

The submission process is in 2 steps: pre-proposal and full proposal.

Within this call the NCN Council has allocated 500 000 EUR for Polish research projects .

Applications must be submitted online via the website.

Call documentation:

Researchers applying for grants from the NCN are obliged to fill in the NCN budget table, which can be downloaded here. Please send the completed table by email to Dr Marcin Liana (

We invite all those who would like to take part in Infect-ERA call for proposals to use the Partnering Tool in order to find partners in other countries and prepare joint research projects.                

For more information please click here.