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"Development and advancement in methods and technologies towards the understanding of brain diseases"

11 funding organizations participated in ERA-Net NEURON joint call for proposals "Development and advancement in methods and technologies towards the understanding of brain diseases". They consented on a joint implementation process, which is depicted in the following summary.

Funding organizations

Austrian Science Fund (FWF)Austria
Academy of Finland (AKA)Finland
National Research Agency (ANR) France
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)Germany
Chief Scientist Office, Israel Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH)Israel
Ministry of Health (MOH)Italy
National Research Fund (FNR)Luxemburg
National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR)Poland
National Centre for Programme Management (CNMP)Romania
Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN)Spain
Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII)Spain


The topic of the second NEURON call was shaped during a scientific workshop with renowned international experts in the area and the NEURON Scientific Advisory Board. The call addressed the development and advancement in methods and technologies towards the understanding of the brain and its diseases. The scope of this call was not the funding of pure technology development per se. Research projects had to be hypothesis-driven, combine cutting-edge technological developments with a clear, substantial research question.


January 19, 2009Call for proposals published 
March 9, 2009Deadline for submission of pre-proposals
May 4, 2009Selection of a short list of 29 pre-proposals
June 15, 2009Deadline for submission of full proposals
September 23, 2009Peer Reviewer Panel meeting, ranking list
October 13, 2009Funding decision
February 1, 2010Start of projects

Proposal submission

Research consortia were to consist of 3 - 5 research groups from at least 3 NEURON partner countries. The two-step process required submission of short pre-proposals describing the research idea. From these a short list was selected and the respective consortia invited to submit full proposals. Both pre- and full proposals had to be submitted by the coordinator electronically and in a few paper copies. A proposal template and guidelines were provided by the Joint Call Secretariat in order to support the applicants in terms of the proposal format.

Peer Review

In order to properly cover all aspects of the broad topic, about 30 experts were recruited from NEURON partner countries and beyond. Each pre-proposal was assessed in writing by at least 2, most of them by 3 evaluators. The assessments were based on the criteria listed in the call for proposals and consisted of a global score of 1-4 (1 being best) and additional comments. The assessments were used as a basis for selecting 29 pre-proposals whose coordinators were invited by the Joint Call Secretariat to submit full proposals. For each of those, 3 independent written assessments were collected from 11 experts who served on the Peer Review Panel (PRP). During a PRP meeting, each of the proposals was discussed thoroughly, and eventually 16 were recommended for funding and ranked.

Funding decision

The final 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 budgetary constraints of each funding organization allowed for.

In result of this step, 10 projects comprising 43 research groups (Principal Investigators) from 8 countries were successful. The total funding volume amounted to about 10 million euros for 3 years.

In the last step, the Principal Investigators were to contact the respective funding body in their country and to fulfill the legal and administrative requirements in order to receive the grant.

The projects started in February 2010.

Funded projects