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 JTC 2015 “Neurodevelopmental Disorders” is shown below:



9 January 2015

Launch of the call

9 March 2015 

Deadline for pre-proposal submission

12 May 2015 

Selection of a short list of 36 projects

23 June 2015

Deadline for full proposal submission

15/16 September 2015

Peer review panel meeting, ranking list

October 2015

Funding decision

First half 2016 

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 of the consortium. Proposal templates 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 the DLR Project Management Agency (DLR-PT), Germany.

Peer Review
In order to properly cover all aspects of the broad topic, 56 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 projects were ranked according to the reviewer’s scores. Based on this ranking list, the funding organisations selected 36 projects whose coordinators were invited by the Joint Call Secretariat to submit full proposals. Fourteen 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 taken by the funding organisations 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 10 projects could be funded. The projects comprise 42 research groups (Principal Investigators) from eight countries. The total funding volume amounts to about 7.7 m€ for three years.
In a last step, the Principal Investigators had to fulfil legal and administrative requirements of their national / regional funding agencies, in order to receive the grant.
The projects started during the first half of 2016.

Funding organisations supporting this call

16 funding organisations from 14 countries participated in the JTC 2015 “Neurodevelopmental Disorders”.

Funding Organisation



Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)

Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS)

Canada / Québec

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

Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé (FRQS)


Academy of Finland (AKA)


French National Research Agency (ANR)


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS)


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


Ministry of Health (MOH)


State Education Development Agency (VIAA)


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)


Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)