Find below details on the call’s implementation:


The timeline of the JTC2011 “Cerebrovascular Disorders” is shown below:

Sep-07/08, 2010Scientific workshop "Future Developments in Neuroscience”, Berlin, Germany
Jan-19, 2011Launch of the call
Mar-09, 2011Deadline for pre-proposal submission
May-04, 2011Selection of a short list of 29 pre-proposals
Jun-15, 2011Deadline for full proposal submission
Sep-12/13, 2011Peer review panel meeting, ranking list
Oct-13, 2011Funding decision: 10 consortia funded
First half 2012Start of projects

Proposal submission, peer review process, funding decision

Proposal submission

Research consortia had to consist of 3 - 5 research groups from at least 3 NEURON partner countries. 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.

Peer Review

In order to properly cover all aspects of the broad topic, 33 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 reviewer’s scores led to a ranking list and were used by the funding bodies as a basis for selecting 29 pre-proposals whose coordinators were invited by the Joint Call Secretariat to submit full proposals. Eleven 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 budgets of each funding organisation allowed for.

As a result of this step, the top 10 projects could be funded. All of these proposals were recommended for funding with high priority by the PRP. The projects comprised 42 research groups (Principal Investigators) from nine countries. The NEURON Joint Call Secretariat announced this decision to the project coordinators. The total funding volume amounted to about 9.7 million euros for three years.

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

The projects started in the first half of 2012.

Funding organisations supporting this call

Thirteen funding organisations from eleven countries participated in the JTC2011 “Cerebrovascular Disorders”.

CountryFunding organisation
AustriaAustrian Science Fund (FWF)
CanadaCanadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA)
Canada / QuébecFonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ)
FinlandAcademy of Finland (AKA)
FranceNational Funding Agency for Research (ANR)
GermanyFederal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
IsraelChief Scientist Office - Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH)
ItalyMinistero della Salute (MOH)
LuxembourgFonds National de la Recherche (FNR)
PolandNational Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR)
RomaniaNational Centre for Programmes Management (CNMP)
SpainMinistry of Science and Innovation (MICINN)

Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII) / Fund for Health Research (FIS)