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Network of Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (COEN): Pathfinder III Call 2017

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. Seven countries from the European Research Area and abroad are joining this call: Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom.

COEN initiative seeks to build productive links between research groups within recognised centres of excellence (CoEs) in neurodegeneration. 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. 

CoEN scope is broad. 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 and industry when properly justified by the proposal.

The present call will finance research addressing the following neurodegenerative diseases:Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias, Huntington’s Disease (HD), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and PD‐related disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor neurone diseases (MND), Prion disease, Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) and Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

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 transnational 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. Each project should identify a Lead Principal Applicant and one Principal Applicant from each participating country. An investigator may not be a Principal Applicant on more than one project submitted through this call.

Funding will be awarded for a maximum of two years and is expected to start beginning 2018.

 Deadline for submission of proposals: Monday, September 18 at 5pm

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