Grant Opportunities

Jefferson Contacts

Name: Ignazio Marino, MD, ScD
  • Professor of Surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Executive Vice President for Jefferson International Innovative Strategic Ventures
  • Executive Director, Jefferson Italy Center
Organization: Thomas Jefferson University
Name: Claudia Cirillo
Position: Executive Assistant for Dr. Marino

General Inquiries

For eligibility

Name: Patrizia Paris
Position: Jefferson EU Consultant

Targeting International Cooperation

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.  

For partnering, please focus on ...

Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge Health, demographic change and well-being
In recognition of the opening of the US National Institutes of Health’s programmes to European researchers, any legal entity established in the United States of America is eligible to receive Union funding to support its participation in projects supported under "Health" Calls.

Call - Better Health and care, economic growth and sustainable health systems
SC1-BHC-06-2020, SC1-HCO-03-2020, SC1-HCO-17-2020, SC1-BHC-08-2020, SC1-BHC-11-2020, SC1-HCO-18-2020, SC1-HCO-19-2020, SC1-BHC-33-2020, SC1-BHC-34-2020, SC1-BHC-35-2020, SC1-BHC-24-2020, SC1-BHC-37-2020, SC1-HCO-20-2020, SC1-BHC-29-2020, SC1-BHC-36-2020, SC1-DTH-12-2020, SC1-DTH-13-2020 and SC1-HCC-10-2020

Call - Digital transformation in Health and Care
SC1-HCC-02-2019, SC1-HCC-03-2018, SC1-HCC-06-2020.

Call - Trusted digital solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care
DT-TDS-04-2020, DT-TDS-05-2020.

At Jefferson we are currently working on the following projects:

  • DT-TDS-05-2020 AI for health imaging
  • SC1-DTH-13-2020 Implementation research for Scaling up & transfer of innovative solutions involving digital tools for people-centered care
  • SC1-BHC-29-2020: Innovative actions for improving urban health and wellbeing - addressing environment, climate and socioeconomic factors

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provide grants for all stages of researchers' careers - be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers - and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA enable research-focused organisations (universities, research centres, and companies) to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide. 

For partnering with us please focus mainly on Individual fellowships (IF):

  • Support for experienced researchers undertaking mobility between countries, optionally to the non-academic sector
  • Individual Fellowships support the mobility of researchers within and beyond Europe - as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the EU. The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution. Individual researchers submit proposals for funding in liaison with their planned host organisation. Proposals are judged on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects, and the support offered by the host organisation. Fellows can also spend part of the fellowship elsewhere in Europe if this would boost impact, and those restarting their career in Europe benefit from special eligibility conditions.

The European Research Council (ERC)

The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.

ERC grants are awarded through open competition to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence. The aim here is to recognise the best ideas, and confer status and visibility on the best brains in Europe, while also attracting talent from abroad.

For partnering with us please focus mainly on SYNERGY GRANTS

The ERC's grants operate on a 'bottom-up' basis without predetermined priorities. In the case of the ERC Synergy Grants, applications must demonstrate that the proposed research cannot be carried out by a single PI working alone. Applications can be made in any field of research.

Research must be conducted by all PIs in a public or private research organization (known as a Host Institution, HI). It could be the HI where the applicant already works, or any other HI established in one of the EU Member States (see also eligibility of UK legal entities) or Associated Countries.

For the first time under the 2019 Work Programme, one Principal Investigator per Synergy Grant group at any one time can be hosted or engaged by an institution outside of the EU or Associated Countries. 

For non- European Researchers:

The European Research Council (ERC) is a funding organisation for frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by funding the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, and supporting their innovative ideas. Researchers from anywhere in the world can apply for ERC grants provided the research they undertake will be carried out in an EU Member State or Associated Country


Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over four million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.

Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

For partnering with us please focus mainly on Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD)

An EMJMD is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions (HEIs) and, where relevant, other partners with specific expertise and interest in the study programme. 

For partnering with us please focus mainly on Higher education student and staff mobility between Programme and Partner Countries (KA107)

Through International Credit Mobility (ICM), European HEIs can set up mobility agreements with partners around the world to send and receive students and staff.