JTC 2019 pre-announcement

FLAG-ERA plans to launch its third Joint Transnational Call (JTC 2019). The call is designed in collaboration with the FET Flagships Graphene and Human Brain Project and aims to add a third wave of transnational partnering projects to support and extend their work.

The purpose of the pre-announcement is to enable interested parties to start building their consortia and preparing their proposals.

The call topics, the foreseen list of participating funding organisations and a tentative timeline are provided below and further information is provided in the JTC2019 pre-announcement. In order to facilitate contacts with the relevant parts of the Flagships, a correspondence table and contact information are provided for the Graphene and the HBP topics.

Note that this pre-announcement is for information purposes only. It does not create any obligation for the FLAG-ERA consortium nor for any of the participating funding organisations, and the official call announcement shall prevail.

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

Tentative Timeline

The FLAG-ERA JTC 2017 has been designed with a two-step submission procedure: Applicants first need to submit a short pre-proposal. Applicants who are selected in this first step are invited to submit full proposals. A tentative timeline is provided below.

19 November 2018 Call announcement publication
10 January 2019 Information webinar
19 February 2019 Pre-proposal submission deadline
May 2019 Notification of accepted short proposals
June 2019 Full proposal submission deadline
Oct 2019 Notification of accepted full proposals
Dec 2019 – March 2020 Project start