Implementation of the call

Find below details on the call’s implementation:

Time line of the call’s implementation,
Proposal submission, peer review process, funding decision
Funding organisations supporting the call.


The timeline of the JTC2013 “Mental Disorders” is shown below:




Jan-10, 2013

Launch of the call

March-11, 2013

Deadline for pre-proposal submission

May-17, 2013

Selection of a short list of 39 pre-proposals

Jun-25, 2013

Deadline for full proposal submission

Sep-23/24, 2013

Peer review panel meeting, ranking list

Nov, 2013

Funding decision

First half 2014

Start of projects



Proposal submission, peer review process, funding decision

Proposal submission
Research consortia had to consist of 3 - 5 research groups from at least three NEURON partner countries participating in this call. The two-step process required at first the submission of short pre-proposals describing the research idea. From these a short list was selected and the respective consortia were invited to submit full proposals (see also below).
Both pre- and full proposals had to be submitted electronically by the coordinator. A proposal template and guidelines were provided by the Joint Call Secretariat in order to support the applicants in terms of the proposal format. The Joint Call Secretariat is hosted by DLR-PT, Germany.

Peer Review
In order to properly cover all aspects of the broad topic, 46 experts were recruited from NEURON partner countries and beyond. Each pre-proposal was assessed in writing by at least two, most of them by three evaluators. The assessments were based on the criteria listed in the call text and consisted of a global score and additional comments. The reviewers’ scores led to a ranking list and were used by the funding bodies as a basis for selecting 39 pre-proposals whose coordinators were invited by the Joint Call Secretariat to submit full proposals. Eighteen experts on the Peer Review Panel (PRP) discussed these full proposals thoroughly in a face-to-face meeting and eventually provided a funding recommendation for each proposal and a ranking list.

Funding decision and granting process
The funding decision was made by the funding bodies participating in the joint call for proposals. Starting with the best proposal and following the ranking list, as many proposals were selected for funding as the budget of each funding organisation allowed for.

As a result of this step, the top 12 projects have been suggested for funding and are currently under negotiation. These projects comprised 48 research groups (Principal Investigators) from eleven countries. The total funding volume amounted to about 10 M € for three years.

In a last step, the Principal Investigators have to fulfil legal and administrative requirements of their national / regional funding body, in order to receive the grant.

The projects will start during the first half of 2014.

Funding organisations supporting this call

Seventeen funding organisations from 16 countries participated in the JTC2013 “Mental Disorders”.


Funding Organisation



Austrian Science Fund (FWF)


Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)

Canada / Québec


Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA)

Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRQS)


Academy of Finland (AKA)


National Funding Agency for Research (ANR)


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


RANNIS – The Icelandic Centre for Research


Chief Scientist Office - Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH)


Ministry of Health (MOH)



Latvian Academy of Sciences


National Research Fund (FNR)


National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)


Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)


Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)


Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)


Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet)