A JPND call for European research projects for the identification of genetic, epigenetic and environmental risk and protective factors for Neurodegenerative Diseases

NOTE: Five projects are currently being funded under this call. Details of individual projects can be found via the “Risk Factor Projects” link on the left of this page.

It is widely perceived that a lack of knowledge regarding the causes of specific neurodegenerative diseases is one of the greatest unmet needs to be addressed in ND research. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to better understand:

  • the genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors that underlie an individual’s risk and resilience
  • the triggering events leading to illness
  • the relationship and interplay between these factors and their relative importance
  • the role of potential environmental and behavioural modulators.

Such knowledge will advance the identification of new targets to which second generation pharmacological therapies can be directed and will ultimately help to advance preventive strategies. On December 10th 2012 a JPND joint transnational call was launched between 19 countries, to establish a limited number of ambitious, innovative, multi-national and multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects that will add value to existing research by identifying new genetic, epigenetic and environmental risk and protective factors associated with neurodegenerative disorders. Applications were invited from collaborative consortia of researchers from participating countries. The call was conducted simultaneously by the participating funding organisations in their respective countries and coordinated centrally, with a single proposal submission and peer review system. The proposal submission deadline was the 19th of March, 2013.

Funding The total fund for this call was over 19 million euro (for all participating countries).

Where can I get more information about this call? Links to the relevant documents can be found below:

  • Call Text – all specific information on the Call
  • Country-specific information – all requirements and details from participating national funding organisations

A Joint Call Secretariat representative is available for questions:

Dr. Thomas Becker

JPND Joint Call Secretariat

Phone: +49-228-3821-1686

E-mail: Thomas.Becker(at)DLR.de