ERA-NET NEURON Call for proposals on " External Insults to the Nervous System" / 2016-2017


Competition year :



Deadline (notice or letter of intent) :

March 14th, 2016, 9 AM


Deadline (application) :

June 30th, 2016, 9 AM


Amount :

$ 75 000 / year


Duration :

3 years


Announcement of results :

Fall 2016



The aim of the call is to facilitate multinational, collaborative research projects that will address important questions relating to external insults to the central nervous system. The call will accept proposals ranging from understanding basic mechanisms of disease through proof-of-concept clinical studies in humans to neurorehabilitation. The focus of the call is on primary physical insults to the central nervous system, i.e. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The call covers acute traumatic events over the entire lifespan.

Excluded from this call are research projects on haemorrhage and hypoxia. Moreover, research on psychological/mental consequences of insults, including stress related disorders (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder) is not part of the present call. Research on neurodegenerative disorders will not be eligible in the present call.

The ERA-NET NEURON funding organizations particularly wish to promote multi-disciplinary work and to encourage translational research proposals that combine basic and clinical approaches, for the benefit of the patients.

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

a) Fundamental research investigating consequences of external insults to the central nervous system on a biological and functional level. This may include the development of innovative or shared resources, and new technologies for the prediction, prevention or therapy of disease.

b) Clinical research, including the exploitation of novel and/or existing clinical data sets, to develop new strategies for diagnosis, therapy, and technology-driven neurorehabilitation (e.g. brain computer interfaces, EEG and neuroimaging approaches) for diseases after external insults to the central nervous system.

Only original and novel research projects will be funded. Applicants should align with existing international platforms and research programmes (e.g. International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury Research, InTBIR), where appropriate and proposals should build on research data and knowledge already available in the field, where relevant.

Clinical studies up to the point of proof of concept are eligible for funding. (Eligibility and funding requirements for clinical trials vary between the partner countries. Clarification may be obtained from the individual funding agencies.)

Only transnational projects will be funded. Each consortium submitting a proposal must be comprised of a minimum of three research groups eligible for funding by organizations listed in this call text (see below). The research groups must be from at least three different countries. The total number of research groups in a consortium is limited to five. Not more than two research groups can be from the same country.

The ERA-NET NEURON strives to strengthen the European Research Area by including as many partner countries as possible in its funding scheme. Therefore, consortia including partners from countries that are to date underrepresented in this funding scheme (Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, and Turkey) may increase the total number of partners to six.

Research groups not eligible to their national funding organizations or from countries which are not involved in this call may participate in projects only if their participation clearly provides an added value to the consortium and if they present evidence on secured budget for their part in the project. In any case, the total number of research groups in one consortium must not exceed five, or six if one of the underrepresented countries listed above is comprised.

Each consortium should have the critical mass to achieve ambitious scientific goals and should clearly demonstrate added value from working together.

Projects can be funded for a period of up to three years and according to the national/regional funding organizations' regulations.

Each agency will fund their national teams and partners will have to ensure compliance with eligibility rules of their respective agency. Thus, the FRQS will fund Quebec teams only. Project evaluation will be done in an integrated manner with other countries.

For the full call text and information on how to apply, please visit the following link:



  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austria
  • Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), Belgium
  • Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé (FRQS), Québec, Canada
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA), Canada
  • Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF), Canada
  • French National Research Agency (ANR), France*
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
  • Chief Scientist Office, Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH), Israel
  • Ministry of Health (MOH), Italy
  • State Education Development Agency (VIAA), Latvia
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), The Netherlands
  • The Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway
  • National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), Poland
  • Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal
  • Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Romania
  • Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), Slovakia
  • National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
  • Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), Spain
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Switzerland
  • The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), Turkey
  • Medical Research Council (MRC), United Kingdom*

*Final decision on participating pending



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