JTC 2019 Call Announcement

The FLAG-ERA Joint Transnational Call (JTC) 2019 supports research projects in synergy with the two FET Flagships, the Graphene Flagship and the Human Brain Project. It is designed to expand the current Flagships with new research contributing to the Flagship objectives in selected areas. New researchers and researchers already in the Flagships are equally eligible. Selected projects are expected to be integrated in the Flagships as Partnering Projects.

The official Call Announcement and other relevant documents are available at the bottom of this page. A summary of the main call features is provided below.

Call topics

The FLAG-ERA JTC 2019 comprises two topics, one for each Flagship. For each topic, the call covers a specific list of research areas listed below. The Graphene part of the call is sub-divided into two sub-calls, one for basic research and one for applied research and innovation, which differ in term of country participation (see below) and will be evaluated by different panels using different weights on the ‘excellence’ and ‘impact’ evaluation criteria. It is expected that proposals targeting TRLs up to 4 at project end are submitted under the sub-call on basic research and that proposals targeting TRLs of 5 and above at project end are submitted under the sub-call on applied research and innovation. While some topic areas can be more relevant to one sub-call or the other, for all areas it is up to the applicants to decide under which sub-call they apply depending on the content of their proposal.


1. Synthesis and characterization of layered materials beyond graphene
2. Graphene and related materials (GRMs) for Quantum Technologies
3. Optimized GRM-based tunnel barriers for efficient spin injection and detection into graphene under operational conditions
4. Spin torque and layered-materials-based memory building block
5. Synthesis of monolayers of non-layered compounds
6. Bacterial degradation of GRMs
7. Osteoinductivity and immunisation capacity of GRMs
8. Soft graphene-based materials for tissue engineering
9. GRM-based large-area light emitters and arrays
10. Low temperature growth of layered semiconductors for flexible applications
11. Nanofluidics based on GRMs
12. CVD growth of graphene on insulators
13. Sensors based on GRMs and their heterostructures
14. Electronic radio-frequency devices and systems based on GRMs
15. Infrared photodetectors based on GRMs and their heterostructures
16. LIDAR based on GRMs for autonomous vehicles
17. Moore’s law continued through GRMs
18. GRM-based solar modules
19. Graphene-based cathode materials for Li-ion batteries
20. Re-usable templates for graphene production


1. Development and maturation of cognitive processes and multisensory integration at micro- and macro-scales
2. The role of neurotransmitter systems in human cognition
3. Subcortical structures: from cognition to action
4. The neuroscience of decision-making
5. Studies on biological deep learning and combined declarative and working memory
6. Disease modelling and simulation
7. Single cell RNA sequencing of human and mouse brain
8. Predictive neuroinformatics: A trans-species approach
9. Testing neuronal models at multiple scales
10. Automated construction and analysis of models of neurons and networks
11. Reconstruction of neuronal morphology from microscopic image data
12. Neuron data format standardization

Participating countries

The following funding organisations are foreseen to participate in the three sub-calls dedicated to the two Flagships:

  • Graphene (Basic research): BE, BG, DE, EE, ES, FR, HU, IL, LT, LV, SE, SI, SK, TR
  • Graphene (Applied research and innovation): BE (Flanders only), BG, EE, ES, FR, GR, HU, IL, IT, LT, LV, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
  • HBP (Basic and applied research: BE, BG, EE, ES, FR, GR, HU, IL, IT, LT, LV, NL, RO, SI, SK, TR


Consortia must be international and must involve at least:

  • Three partners requesting funding from three different participating countries
  • Two partners requesting funding from two different participating countries and a partner from another country securing its own funding as a Flagship Core Project partner.

In both cases, partners requesting funding may be Flagship Core Project members.

In any case, the consortium coordinator must be a partner requesting funding (and be eligible for funding) from an organisation participating in the call.

The eligibility criteria for partners are specific to their respective NRFO.

Evaluation & Selection

JTC 2019 follows a 2-stage evaluation and selection process. Projects are evaluated by an independent international Scientific Evaluation Panel at both stages. Selection of funded projects is based on the ranking and the available funding.

Association to the Flagships

Submissions must include information on the foreseen Flagship partnership. Projects recommended for funding are invited to proceed with the formal association to the Flagship, using the Flagship standard association procedure. Any issue at this stage is treated through classical project risk management.

Links to relevant documents

To learn more on the topics, eligibility criteria and the submission of proposals to the JTC2019, please consult the Call Announcement.

In order to facilitate contacts with the relevant parts of the Flagships, a correspondence table and contact information are provided for the Graphene Flagship and the HBP.

A JTC 2019-Partner(s) Search Tool for submitting Expressions of Interest (EoI) is currently open. Consult all the JTC 2019 EoI.

To prepare your pre-proposal, use the JTC 2019 Pre-Proposal Form and the Flagship partnership proposal form for either Graphene or HBP.

The links to the submission web sites are:

To help you through the submission process, please consult the FLAG-ERA JTC 2019 Submission Guidelines.

Please also consult the JTC 2019 online presentation (or its extended version) and flyer (JTC2019 Information flyer [web] and FLAG-ERA JTC2019 Information flyer [print]), for home and office printing – coming soon).