Submission deadline


The NEURON Network is launching a joint transnational call for projects on ethical, philosophical, legal and socio-cultural aspects of neuroscience (ELSA).

​The 'Network of European Funding for Neuroscience Research' (NEURON) aims at coordinating research efforts and funding programmes of its partner countries in the field of disease-related neuroscience.

With the upcoming ELSA call, ERA-NET NEURON wishes to facilitate multinational, collaborative research projects that will address important questions on ethical, philosophical, legal and socio-cultural aspects related to the neurosciences and their recent advances. All scientific disciplines and stakeholders that are relevant to the specific ELSA research question should be integrated. These may include experts from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, medicine, informatics, engineering, philosophy, theology, law, social sciences, cultural studies or the healthcare economy. Depending on the research question, it may also be necessary to integrate (pharmaceutical) industry, health insurances, patients, relatives, patient representatives or other groups of people who are directly affected.

Projects should go beyond purely analytical or descriptive levels related to the past or present. Based on their analyses, the applicants should aim at presenting prospects for the future and developing proposals for the socio-compatible use of neuroscientific advances.

Further, the ERA-NET NEURON seeks to strengthen public and patient engagement in research and thereby empowerment. Applicants are expected to engage citizens and/or patients, where appropriate, in their research process. Meaningful public and patient engagement can occur at the level of research planning, conducting research or research result dissemination.

No empirical neuroscientific or biomedical research will be funded in this call.

For further details, please refer to the programme’s official website. The submission deadline for full proposals is 18 May 2020.

Neuron ELSA Eranet


Division: Biology and Medicine