!! A clarification on the tariffs that can be claimed for various research positions has been added to the rules

Materials innovation institute (M2i) is part of the M-ERA.NET 2 consortium. M-ERA.NET 2 is an EU-funded network, established to support and increase the coordination of European research and innovation programmes and related funding in materials science and engineering, including materials for low carbon energy technologies and related production technologies. Between 2016 and 2021, the M-ERA.NET consortium will operate as a single innovative and flexible network of funding organisations and will implement a series of joint calls to fund excellent innovative transnational RTD cooperation. By taking part to the M-ERA.NET-2 COFUND Call, M2i aims to expose the Dutch high tech materials community to collaborative international research opportunities. In the M-ERA.NET-2 Call in 2017, M2i has pre-committed a budget of 1.000.000 euro to co-finance Dutch applicants in the successful transnational proposals.


Eligibility conditions:

  • The proposal must fit within one or more of the thematic areas of M-ERA.NET-2,
  • The proposal involves fundamental (TRL 3-5), industrial research (TRL 4-6) and/or experimental development (TRL 5-7) in one or more topics from the M-ERA.NET-2 work programme; the topics must also fit within the scope of the High Tech Materials (HTM) Roadmap ;
  • Dutch consortia formed by one university and at least one industrial partner are eligible for funding (provided the other M-ERA.NET rules are complied with), for the following funding rates and under the following conditions:
    • Temporary research positions (PhD, postdoc, PDEng) are eligible for a duration of three years (the maximum duration of the M-ERA.NET project. In the case of PhD projects, a fourth year can be funded separately from MANUNET, provided the industrial commitment for the project is extended accordingly.
    • 85% for research organizations , provided that the remaining 15% is funded from industrial sources. Only temporary research positions (postdoc, PDEng) can be applied for. The match funding must be covered by the industrial partner(s) in the Dutch consortium and needs to be confirmed at the submission (signed commitment letter attached to the application). Proposals which do not include a letter of commitment for the co-financing will not be considered eligible.
    • 40% funding for the industrial participants (companies). The companies with SME status can receive 60% funding. The maximum eligible budget per company is limited to 50.000 euro.
    • At least one company in the consortium must have already contributed to the “PPS (formerly TKI) grondslag” for HTM . The list is available for download at the link below. The other Dutch companies will commit to contributing to the “TKI grondslag” for HTM as of 2017. This will have to be stated in the letter of commitment. The administrative costs amounting to 10.000 euro/project*year*company (large enterprise) and 5.000 euro/project*year*SME will be fully covered by the industrial participants and will be clearly indicated in the letter of commitment, but will not be included in the budget of the proposal.
  • M2i finances the following categories of costs:
    • Staff costs for the researchers. The following fixed tarrifs include the salaries and standard costs related to housing, computer, training etc.:
      • PhD Researcher: Euro 250,000 for four years;
      • Post-doctoral Researcher: is Euro 84,000 per year;
      • PDeng: Euro 65.000 for two years.
    • Materials (consumables) and investments.

The distribution of costs (staff/materials/investments) should be briefly presented and justified in the stage-1 proposal, in section 4 Cost calculation, under the budget table.

M2i contact M-ERA.NET:
Iulia Degeratu – Program Manager
E-mail: i.degeratu[at]m2i.nl

All M-ERA.NET Call documents, including Guidelines and templates, can be downloaded from https://m-era.net/joint-calls/joint-call-2017 

Documents for download (M2i):
Instructions-letter of commitment
List of contributors to the TKI Grondslag for High Tech Materials.