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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. Between 2012 and 2016, the M-ERA.NET consortium will contribute to the restructuring of the European Research Area (ERA) by operating as a single innovative and flexible network of funding organisations. M-ERA.NET will complement existing instruments and contribute to EU policies whilst supporting the exploitation of knowledge along the whole innovation chain from basic research to applied research and innovation. By stimulating scientific excellence and the creation of a new innovation oriented economy, M-ERA.NET will deliver lasting impact and significant breakthroughs. It aims to develop a long-term cooperation between funding organisations across the EU.

Programme is intended for international consortiums consisting of no less than 3 members from at least 2 different EU countries, participating in the programme. However, third party participation is possible if at least minimal partner requirements are met.

Calls for proposals under this programme are open once a year in all participating countries at the same time. Proposals are submitted via M-ERA.NET Proposal Submission Platform and funding is assigned following national rules, in Lithuanian case – by Research Council of Lithuania.

The first joint call for transnational projects within M.ERA-NET is has been opened on 20 September 2012, and has ended on 27th November 2012, 12 noon Brussels time. After the evaluation of the 124 pre-proposals (506 participants) submitted in the first call, 73 coordinators of the proposals were invited to submit full proposals by the deadline – 23 April, 2013.

For more detailed general information please visit the official website of the programme or contact our senior specialist Saulius Marcinkonis, (+370 676 17256, saulius.marcinkonis@lmt.lt) for matters related to Lithuanian participation.