Pre-Announcement: ERA-NET NEURON JTC Call 2021

The NEURON Network will launch a joint transnational call for projects on 'Neurodevelopmental Disorders'.

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 mental, neurological and sensory disorders.

With the newly launched call, ERA-NET NEURON wishes to facilitate multinational, collaborative research projects that will address important translational questions relating to the neurodevelopmental nature of neurological and mental disorders. This call is limited to disorders that show their first manifestations before the end of adolescence and impair the development and the function of the nervous system. Research on the continuation or progression of those symptoms with a lifetime perspective is allowed if addressing the consequences of disorders starting before adolescence. The call will accept research proposals ranging from understanding basic mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders to proof-of-concept clinical studies in humans. The NEURON funding organisations particularly wish to promote interdisciplinary work and translational research proposals that combine basic and clinical approaches. In the context of the present call, the collaboration across different disciplines including both clinicians and fundamental neuroscientists is highly encouraged.

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

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

Research on neurodegenerative disorders that are addressed by the EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) are excluded from this call.

This will be a two-step call, expected to be launched in January 2021, with a likely pre-proposal submission deadline in March 2021. Further details will be provided when the call is launched. The definitive call information will be published on the NEURON website.

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