ERA-NET NEURON: Joint Transnational Call for Proposals for Multinational and Translational Research Projects on Bidirectional Brain-Body Interactions

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), an associated partner of the ERA-NET NEURON, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2024 joint call for research proposals on the topic of “Bidirectional Brain-Body Interactions”.

The aim of the call is to facilitate multinational collaborative research projects that will address critical translational and clinical questions to improve our knowledge concerning the role of bidirectional central nervous system-body interactions in the genesis and progression of neurological and psychiatric diseases. A better understanding of these interactions has the potential to find solutions in order to prevent and treat those disorders.

The present call aims to fund preclinical and clinical research up to proof-of-concept clinical studies addressing the pathophysiology and therapeutic developments for neurological or psychiatric disorders associated with bidirectional brain-body interactions. Research areas may cover a broad range of aspects such as genetic, epigenetic and molecular mechanisms of disease. They may include research on the role of the immune system, gut and microbiome, metabolic system, autonomic system, hormonal system in neurological or psychiatric disorders, without ruling out others, e.g. the role of body representation in the brain. The development of preventive, diagnostic and/or therapeutic approaches including pharmacological studies and technological developments based on pathophysiological mechanisms are within the scope of the call.


There will be a two-stage procedure for joint proposals: pre-proposals and proposals. In both cases, one joint proposal document (in English) shall be prepared by the partners of a joint transnational proposal and must be submitted to the Joint Call Secretariat by the coordinator.

The submission deadline for pre-proposals is 8 March 2024, 14:00 CET.

By mid-May 2024, the coordinators of selected pre-proposals will be invited by the Joint Call Secretariat to submit a proposal by June 2024. Proposal submissions will be accepted only from those applicants explicitly invited by the Joint Call Secretariat.

Funding is expected to start early to mid-2025.

Find the full Call here.