ERA-NET Co-fund

NEURON - Network of EUROpean funding for Neuroscience research

Runtime NEURON Cofund (III): 2016-2020; NEURON I: 2007-2011; NEURON II: 2012-2015


NEURON, an ERA-NET launched in January 2007, pursues several objectives that have been and will be realised in coordinated stages. The main goal is to overcome the fragmentation of European funding activities in the field of neuro-sciences. Optimised networking among national funding agencies forms a sound basis upon which the efficient promotion of transnational research activities can ultimately develop. This process began with the creation of joint communication structures and finally lead to the planning and implementation of joint calls for transnational research projects on a yearly basis. These calls shall enable Austrian neuro-science research groups to carry out ambitious projects as part of a highly competitive transnational network.

The third runtime of this ERA-Net lasts from January 2016 to December 2020. The first call for applications in the course of this period was implemented in 2016. It was the first and only call cofunded by the EU, therefore the name „NEURON Cofund“.

Participating countries/organisations

In 2007, NEURON started with 11 funding partners from 10 countries. In the follow-up project, NEURON II, 22 funding organisations from 16 different countries were participating. In NEURON Cofund (III) the number of funding organisations was raised to 24 (from 19 countries).Two of them are non-European countries, namely Israel and Canada.

Austria (FWF); Belgium (Fond National de la Recherche Scientifique, FNRS and Research Foundation-Flanders, FWO); Germany (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. Projektträger des BMBF im DLR, PT-DLR); Finland (Academy of Finland, AKA), France (French National Research Agency, ANR, and French National Institute for Health and Medical Research, INSERM); Israel (Chief Scientist Office-Ministry of Health, CSO-MOH); Italy (Ministry of Health, MOH); Canada (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, CIHR, and Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé, FRQS); Latvia (State Education Development Agency, SEDA; VIAA in Latvia); The Netherlands (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO and Brain Foundation Netherlands); Norway (The Research Council of Norway, RCN); Poland (National Centre for Research and Development, NCBR); Portugal (Foundation for Science and Technology, FCT); Rumania (Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding, UEFISCDI); Slovakia (Slovak Academy of Sciences, SAS); Spain (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, MINECO, and Instituto de Salud Carlos III, ISCIII); Switzerland (Swiss National Science Foundation, SNF); Turkey (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, TUBITAK); United Kingdom (UK Medical Research Council, MRC).

Role of the FWF

FWF makes substantial contributions to those Work Packages (WPs) dealing with the planning and implementation of the Joint Transnational Calls (JTCs). These are WP2 and WP3 for the cofunded call and WP6 for all other non-cofunded calls in the course of this runtime. Important aspects include the thorough analysis and the constant optimisation of the applied procedures.