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The purpose of the new BNA Scholars programme is to support students from underrepresented ethnic groups to thrive in neuroscience, and build a supportive community through networking opportunities, bursaries and mentorship.
- BNA Scholar applications close on 1st February 2021 (23:59 GMT)
- Mentor applications close on 19th March 2021 (23:59 GMT)
What is offered to scholars:
There are seven places on the BNA Scholars programme in this first year (a pilot year). Successful BNA Scholars will remain on the programme for three years* and the programme confers the following benefits for the full three years*:
To be a scholar, you must be:
- A Final Year Undergraduate, Masters (including integrated Masters) or PhD student
- Affiliated with UK Higher Education Institution (and planning to remain affiliated for at least the next year)
- Self-identify as Black, Asian, or minority ethnic
- Interested in pursuing a future career and have research interests in neuroscience and/or the wider neuroscience sector
Could you be a mentor?
Make a lasting impact on someone's future career and the future of neuroscience! Anyone can apply to be a mentor from all ethnicities and all career stages across neuroscience. Expectations of mentors are as follows:
- Commitment to engage with the programme and attend mentoring meetings with your BNA Scholar (4-6 meetings per year)
- To feedback to the BNA based on your experiences for evaluation purposes
The EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) initiative has announced an €19 million transnational call inviting multi-national research teams to submit proposals for ambitious, innovative and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects that aim at the detection, measurement and understanding of early disease indicators related to neurodegenerative diseases, with potential for the development of new diagnostics or interventions.
Proposals submitted under this call must focus on one or several of the following neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease and PD-related disorders, prion diseases, motor-neuron diseases, Huntington’s disease, spinocerebellar ataxia and spinal muscular atrophy. JPND is committed to Patient and Public Involvement, and proposals are expected to engage patients, carers and the public.
Pre-proposals must be submitted no later than 15:00 CET on 02 March 2021.
Have you published a paper that describes outstanding and original work that has or could have major impacts on the replacement, reduction or refinement of the use of animals in research? If so, then you should apply for the annual NC3Rs prize which is sponsored by GSK to recognise a paper published in the last three years with demonstrable 3Rs impacts.
This prestigious award consists of a £28k prize grant and a £2k personal award.
This year's competition is now open for applications with a deadline of 4pm (GMT) on Wednesday 3 March 2021.
Grant amount: £65,000
To assist research into neurological disorders.
Applicants must be registered medical practitioners in the UK and a member of the BMA.
The terms and conditions for the Vera Down grant will be available from 1 March 2021.
Grants will be made available for scientific or clinical projects and social research designed to generate a strong evidence base (UK-wide). Grants will be awarded for a limited duration up to a maximum of three years, and funding requests should not exceed £75,000 per annum and £225,000 in total.
A separate call for PhD Studentships will follow later in 2021, with awards up to a maximum of £25,000 per annum (£75,000 in total over three years).
Deadline on 2 April 2021 (12:00 GMT)
NIH – Clinical Trial Readiness for Rare Diseases, Disorders, and Syndromes (7 June 2021, 25 Oct 2021)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites researchers to submit applications for support of clinical projects that address critical needs for clinical trial readiness in rare diseases. The initiative seeks applications that are intended to facilitate rare disease research by enabling efficient and effective movement of candidate therapeutics or diagnostics towards clinical trials, and to increase their likelihood of success through development and testing of rigorous biomarkers and clinical outcome assessment measures, or by defining the presentation and course of a rare disease to enable the design of upcoming clinical trials.
Applications are now invited with the next application due dates on 7 June 2021, 25 October 2021.
The Radala Foundation is looking for established, leading principal investigators eligible for 200,000 CHF research funding to pursue a potentially ground-breaking, high-risk project for 2 years in basic research in ALS. One or two grants of 200,000 Swiss francs will be given each year.
Application deadline is on 30 June 2021.
The Frick Foundation is looking for talented early-career scientists who have already produced excellent supervised work, ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader.
Two researchers will receive 100,000 Swiss francs each that can be used over 2 years. Researchers of any nationality with 5 years of experience since completion of their PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI).
Applications can be sent by e-mail for the deadline of 30 September 2021.
Events and meetings
See below for information on events that might be relevant to you.
Location: Barcelona, Spain
The European Network for the Cure of ALS (ENCALS) aims to develop a European trial network and initiate collaborations in Europe. Membership is open to Universities/Hospitals in Europe with ALS clinical/research activity.
The ENCALS meeting 2021 will be hosted in Barcelona from Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 May.
Local organizer is Prof. Mónica Povedano.
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic situation we have decided that we must postpone this event from June 2020 to 2021.
Location: The Exchange, Colworth Science Park, Sharnbrook, Bedford
This year sees the launch of our Early Career Researcher Workshop & MND Conference, a two-day event set in the beautiful surroundings of Colworth Science Park in Bedfordshire.
We want to recognise the important work being carried out by early career researchers who have chosen MND as their area of investigation. This event is for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers within five years of their PhD (career breaks will be taken into account). It will bring together the brightest minds in MND research with their peers, respected researchers, clinicians and scientists, and people living with or affected by MND, for two days of inspirational talks from keynote speakers and engaging activities.
Rescheduled for July 2021
Hosted by St Christopher’s and King’s MND Care and Research Centre, this popular annual one day conference will focus on topics including clinical trials update and symptom update.
The conference is aimed at:
- dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists,
- clinical nurse specialists, community and district nurses and qualified care home staff
- social workers, counsellors, psychologists and chaplains/spiritual care providers
palliative care practitioners
- other professionals involved in the care of people with MND.
Location: Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal
Abstract submission deadline: 14 May 2021
Early Registration Deadline: 16 July 2021
Building on the collaborative research and discussions that were at the centre of the 2017 and 2019 meetings, the goal of this symposium is to explore the interface between the nervous and immune systems during development, homeostasis, and disease. The meeting will examine the mediators, mechanisms, and implications of neuro-immune crosstalk in the central and peripheral nervous systems. It will also cover emerging areas such as neuro-immune interactions in plasticity within the brain, complex social behaviours and cancers. This meeting will bring together researchers from across the fields of neuroscience and immunology to facilitate discussion of exciting new concepts and developments in both fields.
- Development, synapses, and behavior
- The Gut-Brain connection
- Infection and Inflammation
- Intestinal neuroimmune interactions
- Neuro-immune crosstalk in cancer
The key to defeating MND lies in fostering strong collaboration between leading researchers around the world, and sharing new understanding of the disease as rapidly as possible. This was the MND Association’s rationale behind the creation of the International Symposium on ALS/MND.
Each year, the Symposium attracts around 1,000 delegates, representing the energy and dynamism of the global MND research community. It is the largest medical and scientific conference specific to MND/ALS and is the premier event in the MND research calendar for discussion on the latest advances in research and clinical management.
Further information will be available on our Symposium website. Please save the date and we hope you will be able to join us.