Find below details on the call’s implementation:


The timeline of the JTC2012 “Novel Methods” is shown below:

Jan-20, 2012Launch of the call
March-09, 2012 Deadline for pre-proposal submission
May-16, 2012 Selection of a short list of 29 pre-proposals
Jun-25, 2012Deadline for full proposal submission
Sep-18/19, 2012Peer review panel meeting, ranking list
Nov-20, 2012Funding decision: 11 consortia funded
First half 2013 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 was hosted by MINECO, Spain.

Peer Review

In order to properly cover all aspects of the broad topic, 83 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 34 pre-proposals whose coordinators were invited by the Joint Call Secretariat to submit full proposals. 23 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 11 projects could be funded. The projects comprised 47 research groups (Principal Investigators) from 10 countries. The total funding volume amounted to about 11.3 M € 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 2013.

Funding organisations supporting this call

Fourteen funding organisations from 13 countries participated in the JTC2012 “Novel Methods”.

CountryFunding organisation
AustriaAustrian Science Fund (FWF)
BelgiumResearch Foundation – Flanders (FWO)
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)
ItalyMininstry of Health (MOH)
LuxembourgNational Research Fund (FNR)
PolandNational Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)
PortugalFoundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
RomaniaExecutive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)
SpainMinistry of Science and Innovation (MICINN)

Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII)