Call 2008


The aim of the EUROCORES programme on EuroMEMBRANE is to answer long-standing questions in membrane biology using cutting-edge technologies. These will address functional problems in a quantitative manner bringing together experimental tools with theoretical approaches. There will be a special emphasis on lipid-lipid and (glyco)lipid-protein interactions in the plane of the membrane in health and disease. Using various model organisms would allow cross-species comparison and bring an evolutionary perspective to biomembrane studies. This type of research requires a strong interdisciplinary collaboration that covers  biological, chemical, physical and computational aspects of membranology over a broad dynamic range of time and length.

The Programme aims at delivering:

  • New experimental and computational methods and standards for biological membrane research.

  • New biological knowledge on membrane architecture and dynamics that would contribute to a better understanding of membrane functions in the normal and pathologic state.

The full text of the Call for Proposals can be downloaded here.

The amendments to the Call can be downloaded here.

The answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be downloaded here.

Funding initiatives in the field of Membrane Architecture and Dynamics (EuroMEMBRANE)

Following agreement with funding organisations in Austria, Belgium (FNRS), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, the European Science Foundation is launching a Call for Outline Proposals for Collaborative Research Projects (CRPs) to be undertaken within the EUROCORES Programme EuroMEMBRANE. EuroMEMBRANE will run for 3-4 years and it includes national research funding, as well as support for networking and dissemination activities provided by the ESF. The Programme aims to support high quality multidisciplinary research.

For further information on funding committments per country, click here.


Proposals from individual researchers and research groups eligible for funding by the participating EFAs will be accepted for consideration in the EUROCORES Programme EuroMEMBRANE.

Applicants should contact their national funding agencies (see list of Contact Persons) in order to verify eligibility and ensure compliance with the relevant agency's granting rules and regulations.

For supplementary information on Funding Agency special national requirements, please click here.

Proposals are only eligible if they fulfil the following criteria:

  • Proposals must involve, as a minimum, 3 eligible Principal Investigators (PIs) from 3 different countries.

  • A maximum of 50% of the Individual Projects (IPs) in a Collaborative Research Project (CRP) can come from one country.

  • Proposals must involve more PIs than Associated Partners

Application Procedure

Successful applicants will be invited to submit Full Proposals by 4 July 2008.

Deadline for submitting Full Proposals: Thursday 4 SEPTEMBER 2008, 12:00 CET (noon). 

Before preparing the application, applicants should:

Applicants will be asked to provide the overall budget of the CRP (Table A), a specification of the budget per IP (Table B) and the sum of the requested IP budgets per year (Table C).

The Project Leader will be responsible for entering the data correctly. Principal Investigators and Associate Partners are responsible for supplying the Project Leader with complete and correct data.