The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) brings over 130 institutions from 35 countries:
to create a comprehensive, sustainable ecosystem allowing a virtuous circle between research, care and medical innovation.
As recognized by the Council Recommendation 2009/C 151/02, rare diseases (RD) are a prime example of a research area that can strongly profit from coordination on a European and international scale. RD research should be improved to overcome fragmentation, leading to efficacious use of data and resources, faster scientific progress and competitiveness, and most importantly to decrease unnecessary hardship and prolonged suffering of RD patients.
In the specific context of the massive generation, need for reuse and efficient interpretation of data, introduction of omics into care practice and the structuration of RD care centers in European Reference Networks, it appears crucial and timely to maximize the potential of already funded tools and programmes by supporting them further, scaling up, linking, and adapting them to the needs of end-users through implementation tests in real settings. To achieve this goal, the EJP RD has two major objectives: