Joint Transnational Calls for proposals

Joint calls for proposals are the centrepiece of NEURON’s transnational activities. On an annual basis, the ministries and funding agencies networking within NEURON launch joint transnational calls (JTCs) in the field of disease-related neuroscience.


What NEURON funds

NEURON JTCs address important topics from the areas of neuroscience, neurology or psychiatry. Call topics are usually kept quite broad to cover various aspects of a research field and to allow for participation of different disciplines in the projects.

NEURON aims at promoting intense and ease to manage top-level research collaborations across Europe, Israel and Canada. For this, we fund small research consortia consisting of 3-5 research groups.


Our criteria for selecting proposals are:

  • Scientific excellence (innovative ideas, methodology)
  • Feasibility of the project
  • International competitiveness of participating groups in the field
  • High quality of the collaborative interaction between the groups, and a clear added value of the research consortium
  • High potential of the expected results for future clinical and other health relevant applications


Projects may be funded for a maximum of three years.


Who can apply?

The funding for a research group stems from national/regional research budgets, and each NEURON partner organization is free to choose whether to participate in a respective JTC. Even external funding organizations may join a specific NEURON call without formal full ERA-NET partnership. Accordingly, the number of participating partner organizations varies from call to call.


For applicants, it is thus mandatory to check the list of funding organisations supporting a call, and to find out whether they are eligible for funding by their corresponding national/regional funding agency. Our national/regional contact points are provided in the annex of each call text.



The application procedure has usually two stages: First, we call for short pre-proposals outlining the main research idea and the consortium structure. An international peer review panel assesses and ranks these pre-proposals. Second, the best consortia are invited to submit elaborate full proposals that are again peer-reviewed. The NEURON funding organizations fund from their national or regional budgets as many of the top consortia as possible, according to scientific excellence and financial means, and following the ranking list that has been set up by the review panel. Each Principal Investigator in a funded consortium receives the grant from the respective national or regional funding agencies and the ensuing funding process is regulated along the respective national/regional agencies’ procedures.




Find out more about our joint transnational funding calls…


  • Call calendar

    When will be the next NEURON call? What are the time lines for proposal submission? When would be the starting date for the funded projects? The NEURON call calendar summarizes all relevant information.

  • Joint Transnational Call 2012: Method and Technology Development II

    Due to the success of the JTC2009, NEURON repeated the topic “Method Development”. The response to the second launch of the call was even more dazzling.

  • Joint Transnational Call 2011: Cerebrovascular Diseases

    Cerebrovascular Diseases are a major health challenge for Europe. With our JTC2011, research to advance the understanding of cerebrovascular diseases, their diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation is supported under the umbrella of NEURON.

  • Joint Transnational Call 2010: Mental Disorders

    Mental disorders are an increasing social and economic burden to Western societies. Projects funded by the NEURON JTC2010 study basic mechanisms through clinical applications to advance our knowledge and treatment of mental disorders.

  • Joint Transnational Call 2009: Method and Technology Development

    Nanoparticles, optical stimulation, iPS technology - Research on advancing cutting edge methods towards the understanding of brain disease was funded in our JTC2009.

  • Joint Transnational Call 2008: Neurodegeneration

    The NEURON JTC2008 supports top-level research on Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease or other neurodegenerative diseases. Find out about the high-quality results and more.

  • NEURON funding policies

    Each funding agency in Europe has its own philosophy for funding neuroscience research. The ERA-NET NEURON dares a unified approach.



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