Exchange Programme

Exchange Programme

The aim of the ERN Short-Term Exchange Programme 2021-2022 is to enhance knowledge sharing and stimulating collaboration between health care professionals in ERNs and strengthen capacities and organisation of the ERNs. Ecorys Ltd will support all European Reference Networks with the design and logistics of the Exchange Programme of the European Commission. In the coming two years, three editions of exchanges will take place. The first edition will start in 2021.

If you are a Health professional working in the ERN ReCONNET centres or an ERN ReCONNET ePAG, you can apply for the next two editions in 2022 (next deadlines will be available soon).

The Short-Term exchange programme is meant to meet goals and strengthen capacity on the network level. It is not meant for research nor for individual development (though this may be a secondary effect of the exchange programme). The thematic scope includes medical practice and skills but also organisational aspects of a network.


Specific priorities that the ReCONNET will address, are:

  • Sharing of clinical and organisational knowledge on rCTDs aimed at improving care;
  • Education and training of healthcare professionals on rCTDs;
  • Sharing good practices on rCTDs;
  • Support of patient empowerment and education on rCTDs.

As defined by the Commission, each ERN will decide which proposals will be rewarded, in consultation with the EC and Ecorys. Exchange visits will address the above-mentioned priorities.

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