Find below details on the call’s implementation:


The timeline of the JTC 2023 “Ethical, Legal, and Social Aspects (ELSA) of Neuroscience" is shown below:

9 January 2023Launch of the call
4 May 2023Deadline for proposal submission (14:00 CET)
12 September 2023Peer review panel meeting, ranking list
November 2023Funding decision
First half 2024Start of projects

Proposal submission, peer review process, funding decision

Proposal submission

Research consortia had to consist of 2 - 5 research groups from at least two NEURON partner countries participating in this call. In a single step process 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 (DLR-PT, Germany).

Peer Review

In order to properly cover all aspects of the broad topic, eight scientific experts were recruited from NEURON partner countries and beyond. Each proposal was assessed in writing by three to four reviewers. The assessments were based on the criteria listed in the call text and consisted of a global score and additional comments. The Peer Review Panel (PRP) discussed the proposals thoroughly in a in-person 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 as possible were selected for funding, taking into account the national budgets available.
As a result of this step, the Top 5 projects could be funded.

The projects comprise 19 research groups (Principal Investigators) from four countries. The total funding volume amounts to about 3.2 m€ for three years.
In a last step, the Principal Investigators have to fulfil legal and administrative requirements of their national / regional funding agencies, in order to receive the grant.
A detailed DMP has to be submitted by the consortium coordinator of each project selected for funding within 6 months after the project official start date. For more information consult the extended NEURON DMP format here.
Most of the projects will start during the first half of 2024.

Funding organisations supporting this call

Five funding organisations from five countries/regions participated in the JTC 2023 “Ethical, Legal, and Social Aspects (ELSA) of Neuroscience”.

Funding organisationCountry
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique -FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS)
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII)
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)Taiwan