Pre-Announcement of a co-funded Call for Transnational Collaborative Research Projects:

“International Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD)”

The ERA-NET Cofund International Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD) is a new ERA-Net Cofund Action under Horizon 2020 that will build upon the achievements of the ERA-NET EMIDA (Emerging and Major Infectious Diseases of Animals) and the ERA-NET ANIHWA (Animal Health and Welfare).

The key mission of ICRAD is to:

  • support cross-cutting research to improve animal health and welfare, with associated benefits towards public health, the environment and the economy.

  • connect research partners with different but complementary scientific and technological expertise to maximise resources and share risks, costs and skills. The partnership between industrial and academic researchers, where appropriate, will improve and accelerate the development of technological solutions for the benefit of animal health and welfare.

Research and innovation jointly funded by the European Commission (EC) and the ICRAD partners would seek concerted approaches towards the development of novel and improved instruments to address and control infectious diseases, particularly regarding novel detection, intervention and prevention strategies.

In light of this, ICRAD announces the upcoming call for joint transnational research projects on animal health. The Joint Call – with an indicative budget of approximately 23.7M€ – brings together twenty-three funding organisations from nineteen countries.

Phase Date
Pre-proposals Opening date

Deadline for submission

To be communicated

Two months after Opening date (TBC)

Full proposals Invitation to submit a full proposal

Deadline for submission

May 2020

July 2020

Funding decisions and project start Communication of the funding decisions November 2020
Project start 1st Quarter 2021 

Aim and scope of the call

The overall goal of the ICRAD co-funded call is to support cross-cutting research to improve animal health and by consequence animal welfare, focusing on key epidemic and (re)-emerging threats and developing novel vaccine technology platforms and diagnostics. The ICRAD co-funded call covers the major groups of infectious diseases of animals (including fishes and bees), and infections by viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal pathogens, prions, and multifactorial diseases, with particular emphasis on ASF and animal influenza.

The pre-proposals should address one of the following research areas:

  • Research area 1: Improved understanding of epidemic and emerging infectious animal diseases

  • Research area 2: Generic technology platforms for producing novel and/or improved vaccines

  • Research area 3: High-throughput, rapid, accurate and easy to use in-field detection technologies

The following topics will be excluded from funding:

  • Research leading to vaccine development for ASF (covered by another EU call: SFS-12-2019: A vaccine against African Swine Fever)

  • Food-borne zoonoses (covered by One Health EJP)

  • Research on development of new antimicrobials


In this call, ICRAD expects proposals for collaborative research, development and innovation from transnational consortia composed of members from at least three different countries. National and regional eligibility rules must be followed. They will be published together with the call text at:

Application procedures & Evaluation

In a two-stage submission process, the short pre-proposals will be peer-reviewed after passing an eligibility check. Consortia successfully passing the pre-proposal phase will be invited to submit a full proposal. The full proposals will be evaluated by a panel of independent experts, using the evaluation criteria published with the Call. Projects are expected to start between January 2021 and March 2021 at the latest, depending on grant negotiations with the relevant regional or national funding organisations.

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