ERA-NET on cardiovascular diseases to implement joint transnational research projects and set up international cooperations

Project Reference: 680969
Call: H2020-HCO-2015
Coordinator: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt


Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the largest cause of death in the EU and account for around 2 million deaths per year. Overall, CVD are estimated to cause the economy of the EU costs of almost 196 billion Euros a year. Furthermore, they are one of the leading causes of long term sickness, chronic diseases and loss to the labour market. Therefore, CVD are a major health problem in Europe. Despite the overall burden of CVD on European citizens and national health systems, translational cardiovascular research is fragmented and mainly occurs at national levels. However, the present and future challenges in cardiovascular research can only be met by an effective cooperation at transnational level.
Therefore, the proposed European Research Area Network on cardiovascular diseases (ERA-CVD) aims to coordinate national and regional programmes for translational research in the area CVD by implementing one Joint Transnational Call (JTC2016) with EU Co-funding followed by further non-co-funded JTC (2017-2019). Although this consortium will be newly established, a collaboration and alignment of national programmes and activities has already been achieved during the preparation of the ERA-Net Co-fund proposal. This process is supported by CardioScape an EU-funded survey of the European cardiovascular research landscape coordinated by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The current ERA-CVD proposal will extend and strengthen the transnational cooperation of the current 23 ministries/institutions/foundations from 18 European, associated and third countries. Furthermore, ERA-CVD plans to cooperate with the ESC and the European Heart Network (EHN). Moreover, the 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. Also the extension of the consortium and international collaborations are intended.


  • Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France
  • Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain
  • Ministry of Health, Israel
  • Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia, Portugal
  • Ministero della Salute, Italy
  • Zorgonderzoek Nederland Zon, Netherlands
  • Nederlandse Hartstichting, Netherlands
  • Norges Forskningsrad, Norway
  • Fonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung, Austria
  • Ministrstvo Za Izobrazevanje, Znanost in Sport, Slovenia
  • Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek-Vlaanderen, Belgium
  • Valsts Izlitibas Attistibas Agentura, Latvia
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Germany
  • Slovenska Akademia Vied, Slovakia
  • Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Belgium
  • Autoritatea Nationala Pentru Cercetare Stiintifica Si Inovare, Romania
  • Ministerio da Saude - Republica Portuguesa, Portugal
  • Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu, Turkey
  • Narodowe Centrum Badan i Rozwoju, Poland
  • Sihtasutus Eesti Teadusagentuur, Estonia
  • Nasjonalforeningen for Folkehelsen, Norway
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      Start Date: 2015-10-01
      End Date:   2020-09-30
      EU Contribution:
      EUR 5 974 237
      Total Costs:
      EUR 19 103 750
      Funding Scheme:
      ERA-NET Cofund
      Topic: HCO-13-2015 - ERA-NET: Cardiovascular disease
      Funded under: H2020-EU.3.1.