2015 "Neuroethics (ELSA)"

Call for Proposals for “European Research Projects on Ethical, Legal, and Social Aspects (ELSA) of Neuroscience"

This call has been closed.

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 (e.g., handling of incidental findings; the “right not to know”; very early disease prediction before symptoms occur; diagnosis in absence of treatment options; interactions between socio-culturally diverse patients and health personnel; availability of novel expensive methods)

b) abnormal behaviour reduced to deviant brain states (e.g., expansion of the concept of illness; seeing psychiatric symptoms merely as specific neurochemical imbalances) use of brain data and brain interventions in legal contexts (e.g., “brain reading” for the detection of deception; brain intervention of offenders; psychosurgery; insurance law)

c) neuroenhancement such as alteration of mental states (cognitive, affective) and abilities (e.g., cognition, sleep, appetite, sexual behaviour) in healthy subjects by pharmacological or by electrical/magnetic brain stimulation

d) intelligent technologies and close human-machine interactions (e.g., Ambient Assisted Living, Brain-Computer Interfaces)

e) personality changes as side effects of neurological or psychiatric therapies (e.g., Deep Brain Stimulation; brain implants)

f) the impact of modern neuroscience on traditional philosophical questions, concepts and theories regarding fundamental aspects of human nature (e.g., the relationship between mind and brain, the nature of consciousness, self- and personal identity, free will)

g) bio-banking of neural tissue (e.g., tissue donation, deceased donor tissues, data protection, possible consequences for relatives)

h) clinical research with patients suffering from neurological or psychiatric diseases (e.g., developing tools to improve the assessment of decision-making capacity of the patients, analysis of legal measures to protect those who do not have the capacity to consent)

i) societal and cultural changes induced by neuroscientific knowledge and its application.

The individual components of joint applications should be complementary and should contain novel, ambitious ideas to answer key questions or lead to a step-wise change in understanding. There should be clear added value in funding the proposed collaboration over the individual projects.

With this funding measure no empirical neuroscientific or biomedical research can be funded.

Proposal submission: It is strongly recommended that all applicants thoroughly read the information provided below.

Call text: Read more about this call’s purpose, aims, and application procedures.
Funded projects: Five transnational consortia work on ELSA Neuroscience.
Call statistics: Success rates, country of origin and gender aspects.

For general information, please contact the ELSA Neuroscience Call Secretariat:

Dr. Katja Kuhlmann
Project Management Agency - Health Research (PT-DLR)
Phone +49 228 3821-1723
Fax:+49 228 3821-1257
E-Mail: katja.kuhlmann@dlr.de