The Partnering Project association process

The Partnering Project applications were no longer accepted from 1 May 2022. You can see the list of the 76 Partnering Project that were formalized with the HBP here.


What were the advantages of becoming an HBP Partnering Project? 

Possible benefits of Partnering Projects and their Associated Members were: 

  • Access to the Research Infrastructure and ability to contribute to its development  
  • Contribution to the effort of addressing one of the grand challenges of the 21st century 
  • Insight on the HBP methodologies, research roadmaps, and discoveries 
  • Visibility - by showcasing results on HBP and EBRAINS’ websites and social media channels 
  • Direct exchange of insights and ideas with the broad HBP Consortium through access to a strong, large, European and international network 
  • Participation in the HBP workshops, conferences, meetings, and annual summit, that enhance the profile and open possibilities of future collaborations  
  • Contribution to the evolution of the research roadmap of the Flagship 
  • Possibility to influence research topics called by Member States, e.g. transnational calls 
  • Recognition - by having projects mentioned in HBP’s Deliverables


The eligibility criteria to become a Partnering Project were the following: 

1. The projects and their partners already had their own funding or could demonstrate that they would have this in the near future. 
2. The projects could make a significant contribution to the Flagship's strategic research roadmap. 

 Application procedure 

Applications were accepted on a continuous basis and there was no submission deadline. Nevertheless, no additional applications were accepted from May 2022. The application procedure was as follows: 

1. The Coordinator of the Partnering Project (PP) filled in this document (doc) and submited it to the Partnering Team. 
2. Assessment of scientific links with the HBP 
3. Scientific assessment by HBP Scientific Leaders 
4. Formal approval/rejection by the Science and Infrastructure Board (SIB) 
5. Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  

Note: If an institution was not a HBP Core Project Member it will become an Associated Member by signing Confidentiality Terms and Conditions. 

Selection criteria for the scientific assessment 

Candidate Partnering Projects were selected based on their level of complementarity and added expertise with respect to the existing competencies and future needs of the HBP Flagship. 

The criteria that should be met for the scientific assessment were: 

  • Relevance of the scientific and technological objectives to the HBP Flagship work plan and roadmap. 
  • Complementarity and added value in terms of scientific, technological or innovation expertise and know-how. 
  • Potential contribution to the HBP ICT platforms 
  • Ease of integration of the proposed activities within the HBP Flagship 
  • Potential for spreading excellence and widening participation across Europe and beyond

Last update ; 2023.09.13