Open Call in ERA-NET NEURON on Neuroethics - Deadline 9 March 2015 (pre-proposals)

The ERA-Net NEURON has published a joint transnational call for “European Research Projects on Ethical, Legal, and Social Aspects (ELSA) of Neuroscience".

Deadline: 9 March 2015, 14:00 CET (pre-proposal submission)

Publication Date: 9 January 2015

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Short Call Abstract: 

The aim of the call is to facilitate multinational, collaborative research projects that will address important questions regarding ethical, philosophical, legal and socio-cultural aspects related to neuroscientific research and recent advances in the field.

Subjects under this general heading include but are not limited to:

a) the consequences of the development of neuroscientific diagnostic methods
b) abnormal behaviour reduced to deviant brain states, use of brain data and brain interventions in legal
c) neuroenhancement such as alteration of mental states (cognitive, affective) and abilities
d) intelligent technologies and close human-machine interactions
e) personality changes as side effects of neurological or psychiatric therapies
f) the impact of modern neuroscience on traditional philosophical questions, concepts and theories regarding fundamental aspects of human nature
g) bio-banking of neural tissue
h) clinical research with patients suffering from neurological or psychiatric diseases

SSH aspects: 

All scientific disciplines and stakeholders, which are relevant for the specific ELSA-research question, should be integrated. This could be for instance experts from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, medicine, informatics, engineering, philosophy, theology, law, social sciences, cultural studies or healthcare economy. Depending on the research question, it may also be necessary to integrate industry (e.g., pharmaceutical, medical instrumentation, etc.), health insurance companies, patients, relatives, patient representatives or other groups of persons who are directly affected.

Specific participation requirements:

Each consortium submitting a proposal must be comprised of a minimum of two research groups from two different countries eligible for funding by organizations listed in this call text (Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Spain). Involvement of more than two countries is, however, preferred. The total number of research groups in a consortium must not exceed five. Not more than two research groups can be from the same country. Therefore, the maximum number of countries involved in one consortium is five.



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