The NEURON Network has launched a joint transnational call for projects on 'Sensory 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 disease-related neuroscience.

With the newly launched call, ERA-NET NEURON wishes to facilitate multinational, collaborative research projects that will address important questions related to sensory disorders and their impact on the nervous system. They may include, among others, research into all the sensory modalities including the somatosensory system. Research questions addressing synergies across modalities and multisensory dysfunction are also encouraged in the present call. The NEURON funding organisations particularly wish to promotemulti-disciplinary work and translational research proposalsthat combine basic and clinical approaches. Inthe context of the present call, the collaboration of clinicians with fundamental neuroscientists in the postulating consortia is highly encouraged,where appropriate, along withother disciplines with specific expertise.Research proposals should focus on impairment and/or loss of sensory function of neural origin and cover at least one of the following areas:

  • Fundamental research addressing the pathogenesis and aetiology of sensory disorders. This may include the development of innovative or shared resources and technologies. The relevance of the research to sensory systems disorders must be clearly described. Pre-clinical studies may be included. Any animal or cell models should already be established and validated.
  • Clinical research to develop novel strategies for prevention, diagnosis, patient stratification, therapy and/or rehabilitation for sensory disorders.

Research on neurodegenerative disorders that are addressed by the EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), on chronic pain, on impairment of sensations or hallucinations caused by mental disorders and effects of neurological diseases, as well as on eye movement disorders due to neurological diseases is excluded from this call.
For further details, please refer to the programme’s official website. The submission deadline for pre-proposals is 10 March 2020.