Research projects on Ethical, Legal, and Social Aspects (ELSA) of Neuroscience
For general information, please contact the Joint Call Secretariat:
ELSA Neurosciences Joint Call Secretariat
Project Management Agency
Part of the German Aerospace Center (DLR-PT)
- Health Research -
Dr Anna Gossen
Phone: +49 228 3821-1684
Dr Katja Jensen
Phone: +49 228 3821-1150
Read more about this call’s purpose, aims, and application procedures
Call for proposals on ‘Multinational Research Projects on Ethical, Legal, and Social Aspects (ELSA) of Neuroscience’
Neuroscientific research yields constant progress regarding our basic understanding of the structure and function of the human brain under healthy and pathological conditions. This knowledge is fundamental for the development of new diagnostics and treatments for patients suffering from neurological or psychiatric diseases. At the same time, the neurosciences have implications for the understanding, and thus potentially also the control, of human decision-making, behaviour, emotions, and social interactions. Findings of the neurosciences can furthermore deeply affect human self-understanding and conscience as such. Therefore, it is of major importance to investigate the ethical, legal, and social aspects (ELSA) of the neurosciences and their recent advances. This knowledge helps to ensure that neuroscientific methods and findings are utilized in ways which are of the best possible benefit for our society. The high societal relevance of the neurosciences is underlined by continuously high public interest and ongoing public discourse on this topic.
The 'Network of European Funding for Neuroscience Research' (NEURON) has been established under the ERA-NET scheme of the European Commission (http://www.neuron-eranet.eu). The ERA-NET NEURON aims to coordinate and optimize research efforts and funding programmes of its partner countries/regions in the field of disease related neuroscience. Under the umbrella of NEURON, several joint transnational calls (JTCs) have been launched on different neuroscientific topics from 2008 to 2022. In acknowledgement of the high societal relevance of the neurosciences, this year, the fourth separate and additional JTC on Ethical, Legal, and Social Aspects (ELSA) of Neuroscience is now launched in parallel to the regular NEURON JTC, which focusses on “Mechanisms of resilience and vulnerability to environmental challenges in mental health”.