Selected – 2015

Network of Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (COEN): Pathfinder Call 2015

The ANR joins the Network of Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (CoEN) to launch a Transnational Call aimed at supporting transnational collaborations in the field of neurodegenerative disease. Six countries from the European Research Area and abroad are joining this call: Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and United Kingdom.

The objective of this call is to stimulate new and unconventional approaches and creative solutions to the challenges of neurodegeneration research by undertaking high-risk / high-payoff research.
An aim of the COEN initiative is to build productive links between research groups within recognised centres of excellence (CoEs) in neurodegeneration. To this end, it is expected that teams will combine the research strengths across CoEs in at least two partner countries to provide a true value-added collaborative effort that will advance the approach to neurodegeneration research.

Projects may include studies to illuminate the understanding of neurodegenerative mechanisms, or create technological advances to support novel diagnostic or therapeutic approaches. Connectivity with research in related areas, such as inflammation and sensory neuroscience, or vascular and mental health is encouraged, as is outreach to experts in the fields of physical and computational science.

Neurodegeneration applies to:

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Frontotemporal Lobar Dementia, Huntington’s Disease (HD), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and PD‐related disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor neurone diseases (MND), Prion disease, Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA), Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Vascular Dementia.

The call will only fund research which has the potential to move the field forward significantly. Incremental studies, embellishment of known mechanisms or biomarker identification from known pathways will be ineligible.

Applications are restricted to joint proposals from investigators within identified CoEs (a list of identified CoEs and eligible institutions for partner countries is available on CoEN website – see below).
Only joint trans-national research projects will be funded. Each proposal must involve researchers from at least two CoEs (or eligible institutions) from different countries. More than one CoE may be involved within any single country.

Funding will be awarded for a maximum of two years.

Open
Closed
Opening : 2015-07-21 at 00h00 CEST
Application Deadline : 2015-10-05 at 16h00 CEST

SUBMISSION

Applications must be submitted by email as a PDF copy of the application form to:

coen(at)headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

All proposals must be submitted through the Director of the lead CoE of the proposal, who must i) verify the eligibility of researchers in each of the partner CoEs, ii) join a letter of support to the application. This requirement does not apply for applications where the lead CoE is Canadian (see national specific information).

Whilst applications will be submitted jointly by research groups from several countries, individual groups will be funded by the individual funding organisation of their country/region. French applicants are therefore subject to the ANR eligibility criteria and the funding of French applicants will be regulated according to the ANR rules. Please read carefully the “Appendix for French participants” (see above).

CONTACT

Secretariat of the COEN Oversight Group:

coen(at)headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

ANR contact:

coen2015(at)agencerecherche.fr