The European Brain Research Area project – EBRA – was created as a catalyzing platform for brain research stakeholders (researchers, clinicians, patients, governments, funders and public institutions) to streamline and better coordinate brain research across Europe. EBRA aims to reduce the fragmentation and duplication of research efforts and to foster synergies through enhanced coordination of brain research efforts at the EU and global level.
At the operational level, EBRA responds to the needs of research communities across a range of critical areas, including support in the formation of clusters. A cluster is understood as a research community that can be directed towards basic research, clinical research and/or methodological approaches under a common topic and disease area within brain research. The aim of forming a cluster under EBRA is to promote co-operation and exchange between brain research projects and networks and thus enable or enhance international collaboration and the emergence of development of clusters in all areas of brain research, in line with EBRA’s aim to foster new, and extend existing, transnational research cooperation of European countries and to support coordination of research efforts.
Two calls for clusters have already been launched in June 2019 and January 2020, generating 4 ongoing clusters (EPI-cluster, Prevention of Severe Mental Disorders (PSMD) cluster, TRISOMY21-cluster, and BRAINFOOD-cluster), while the final call is currently underway. Interested parties have until 1 September 2020 to submit an application.
For further details (including what makes a cluster, the application process) click here.