ERA-NET NEURON Joint Transnational Call for Proposals (2021) “Multinational and Translational Research Projects on Neurodevelopmental Disorders”

The 'Network of European Funding for Neuroscience Research' (NEURON) has been established under the ERA-NET scheme of the European Commission. The aim of the ERA-NET NEURON is to coordinate and optimize research efforts and funding programmes of its partner countries in the field of mental, neurological and sensory disorders. Under the umbrella of NEURON, a Joint Transnational Call (JTC) in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders is now launched together with the European Commission using the ERA-NET co-fund mechanism.
The aim of the call is to facilitate multinational, collaborative research projects that will address important translational questions relating to the neurodevelopmental nature of neurological and mental disorders. Neurodevelopmental disorders are behavioural and cognitive disorders that arise during the developmental period that involve significant difficulties in the acquisition and execution of specific intellectual, motor, or social functions1 . This call is limited to Neurodevelopmental disorders, which show their first manifestations before the end of adolescence and impair the development and the function of the nervous system.

1Excerpt of definition from ICD11, please note that schizophrenia and bipolar disorders are not excluded in this call.

Additional Information

Research proposals should cover at least one of the following areas:

a) Fundamental research addressing the pathogenesis, aetiology, susceptibility, and resilience mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders. This may include the development of innovative or shared resources and technologies that are relevant for neurodevelopmental disorders.

b) Clinical research to develop novel strategies for prevention, diagnosis, patient stratification, therapy and/or rehabilitation for neurodevelopmental disorders.

The following research areas are excluded from this call: Neurological disorders that are addressed by the EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND):

  • Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative dementias
  • Parkinson’s disease (PD) and PD-related disorders
  • Prion disease
  • Motor neuron diseases
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

The ERA-NET NEURON seeks to strengthen patient engagement in research. Applicants are expected to engage patients, their parents or carers where appropriate in the research process. Meaningful patient engagement can occur at the level of research planning, conducting research or the dissemination of research results.

Important Note:

In addition to the exclusions above, under HRB national rules, Irish partner(s) are not eligible for HRB funding for research proposals under the following areas or approaches:

a)    Fundamental research addressing the pathogenesis, aetiology, susceptibility, and resilience mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders. This may include the development of innovative or shared resources and technologies that are relevant for neurodevelopmental disorders.

b)     Clinical Trials and applications seeking to evaluate a definitive intervention or standalone feasibility studies2  in preparation for a future definitive intervention. Other clinical studies are eligible for this call.

2 See additional HRB Guidelines for ERA-NET NEURON (2021)

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This is a joint transnational call: applicants must apply as part of a transnational consortium.

Researchers from Ireland can apply as coordinators or partners. If successful, researchers from Ireland will be funded by the Health Research Board up to the maximum amount for the call. Applicants applying for funding from Ireland must be based at an eligible HRB Host Institution.

  • Individual country partners/coordinators should confirm eligibility with their national funding organisation contact point.

The following conditions apply to the composition of consortia:

  • Minimum of 3 partners eligible for funding from 3 different participating countries.
  • Maximum of 5 partners (including non-funding partners)
  • No more than two consortium partners can be from the same country
  • Consortia including at least one partner from countries that are to date underrepresented in this funding scheme (Latvia, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, and Slovakia) may increase the total number of partners to six.
  • Individual country partners/coordinators should confirm eligibility with their national funding organisation contact point.   
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Please review the published text for full details of the aim, objectives and scope of the call on ERA-NET Neuron.

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Proposals must be submitted to the Joint Call Secretariat by the coordinator of the consortium. Please see: Proposal templates and online submission. Further details are provided in the  Call text.

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General Queries: Joint Call Secretariat Dr Christine Müller e-mail: Chr.mueller(at)dlr.ie

Applicants from Ireland who still have questions after reading the information on the Call website, the HRB Guidance notes and HRB FAQ can contact Dr Louise Drudy at HRB e-mail: ldrudy(at)hrb.ie

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Opening date
17:00 07-01-2021
Closing date
13:00 09-03-2021