Expert Mentoring service for EJP RD funding applications

Advancing promising technologies and therapies towards clinical application is a complex undertaking. Academic research often lacks easy access to regulatory, therapy development expertise, manufacturing, and healthcare practice, leading to high failure rates. For this reason, the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) has initiated a mentoring programme for rare disease researchers.

What is the aim?

  • To increase the impact and patient benefit of translational research projects in rare diseases.

Who is it for?

  • Any scientist working on (or planning to work on) a translational research project in rare diseases in the pre-proposal stage and after receiving funding.

Who are the mentors?

  • A panel of international experts working under full confidentiality.

What does it cost?

  • There are no costs – it is entirely free.

What topics can I get mentored on?

  • Translational feasibility
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Product classification
  • Quality assurance and control
  • Intellectual property strategy
  • Suitability of analytical readouts
  • Manufacturing
  • Therapy development

Testimonies from scientists who have used our expert mentoring service

Davide Gabellini (Group Leader in the Division of Genetics and Cell Biology in the San Raffaele Scientific Institute):

“I have been benefiting from the mentoring service during the preparation of the full proposal for the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) Call for Proposals 2020. During a period of about one month, I interacted with various professionals collaborating with EATRIS to discuss issues related to preclinical models; medical statistics; technology transfer, industrialisation and intellectual property; regulatory affairs.

The support has been professional, timely, creative, flexible and accurate. Always ready to accommodate any request for the benefit of the project. All of this while maintaining a friendly and positive attitude.

Thanks also to the mentoring support, my application was funded.

In summary, the mentoring professionals are well trained, honest, patient and meticulous. I believe they are an ideal choice for mentoring service provider.”

Ilaria Meloni (Associate Professor at the University of Siena Department of Medical Biotechnology):

“The EATRIS mentoring service really helped me focus on essential points to outline in the project, and how to improve analyses in order to make them stronger. I also appreciated the advice not to try to hide weaknesses but present them together with possible solutions. I will continue to use this expert mentoring service, and would recommend it to others.”

Alessandro Prigione (Professor of Pediatric Metabolic Medicine at University of Düsseldorf)

Alessandro received funding from the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases Joint Transnational Call 2020 call and was happy to share his experience below.

What happens next?

If you would like the support of EATRIS, we will ask you to sign an engagement form, giving us permission to review your proposal and committing us to confidentiality with you for the project. Find out more in this Information Sheet to Principal Investigators.

This service is not related to the formal review process of the second stage, and reviewers will not receive any information arising from the mentoring process.

Please email Florence Bietrix at to find out more or register for the service.


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