Implementation of the call 2021 “Neurodevelopmental Disorders”
|7 January 2021
|Launch of the call
|9 March 2021
|Deadline for pre-proposal submission
|17 May 2021
|Selection of a short list of 53 projects
|30 June 2021
|Deadline for full proposal submission
|13-14 September 2021
|Peer review panel meeting, ranking list
|First half 2022
|Start of projects
Proposal submission, peer review process, funding decision
Research consortia had to consist of 3 - 5 research groups from at least three NEURON partner countries participating in this call. Consortia including partners from countries that are to date underrepresented in this funding scheme (Latvia, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, and Slovakia) could increase the total number of partners to six. 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, Germany.
In order to properly cover all aspects of the broad topic, 53 experts were recruited from NEURON partner countries and beyond. Each pre-proposal was assessed in writing 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 53 projects whose coordinators were invited by the Joint Call Secretariat to submit full proposals. In total 23 scientific, 11 lay, and 9 ethics reviewers gave written evaluation on the full proposals. On their basis 17 of the scientific and of the lay reviewers discussed these full proposals thoroughly in a virtual meeting and provided funding recommendations 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 considering the national budgets available.
As a result of this step, the top 18 projects could be funded. The projects comprise 80 research groups (Principal Investigators) from 15 partner countries. The total funding volume amounts to about 19.2 m€ for three years.
Funding organisations supporting this call
22 funding agencies from 20 different countries plus the European Commission contributed with a budget of 19.2 Mio€ to the funding of the project of the JTC 2021 “Neurodevelopmental Disorders”.
|Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique-FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS)
|Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)
|Ministarstvo Znanosti i Obrazovanja (MZO)
|Estonian Research Council (ETAg)
|Suomen Akatemia (AKA)
|French National Research Agency (ANR)
|Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
|National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH)
|Health Research Board (HRB)
|Chief Scientist Office, Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH)
|Ministry of Health (MOH)
|State Education Development Agency (VIAA)
|The Research Council of Norway (RCN)
|National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)
|Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
|Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development & Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)
|Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
|National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII)
|Spanish State Research Agency (AEI)
|Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
|Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
|The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)