Calls for Expression of Interest for SGA2


The HBP Research Infrastructure Voucher Programme Call 2019

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is providing its expertise and skills to researchers and groups around the world through the HBP Research Infrastructure (RI) Voucher Programme.

The vouchers give researchers outside the Project access to the HBP infrastructure services and its engineers; with the help of the engineers, the voucher winners will be to implement new infrastructure capabilities to solve specific problems not covered by the current RI toolset. The focus is on projects that will be relevant for using and/or contributing to the further development of the HBP research infrastructure.

The aim is to open the HBP research infrastructure to meet the needs of the user community in a dynamic new way and to establish collaborations that pursue technology innovation and engineering solutions of mutual interest and benefit.

A call for applications for the RI Voucher Programme 2019 opened on 16 July 2019, with the first cut-off date on 27 September 2019 17:00 Brussels time (CET).

The call is open to all non-HBP researchers, with separate target groups from academic, non-academic and medical research (including hospitals), and industry and pharma (SMEs and companies).

For the HBP measures for equal opportunities are an important topic. Thus, we explicitly encourage applications from women and groups of applicants who have considered gender equality aspects in their group of applicants.

Important note: While benefiting from tailor-made developments and solutions for their projects, voucher winners will not receive any direct funding for their work from the HBP. The vouchers fund the work of the HBP infrastructure engineering teams to implement the RI features requested by the voucher winners.

The size of each voucher will depend on the personnel and travel costs required to realise the new RI capability sought by that voucher winner and to allow for intensive exchange between the participants. The vouchers are worth between 6 to 12 months of engineering/development time (maximum 12 person months), plus travel costs.

Interested applicants should get in contact with the HBP already during the application process to work together with the HBP Platform engineers concerned to refine their proposals.

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For more information, please go to the HBP Open Calls Platform at:

Submit Your Application until - 27 September 2019 17:00 CET

NOTE: Applicants will receive the final confirmation of project funding only, once the HBP SGA3 Proposal was accepted for funding by the European Commission.


Best Ideas and Concepts for Diversity in Research and Management

You are an early stage researcher with a scientific project that integrates aspects of sex, gender and/or further diversity traits. You want to present your novel approach to a broader audience.

The HBP will honour ideas to improve equal opportunities and concepts for integrating sex, gender and further diversity dimensions in research projects (see also H2020 Guidelines)

An internal jury will select the most outstanding and promising projects, which will be presented at the HBP Summit to a large scientific audience and representatives of the European Commission. Registration and travel expenses will be covered.

Submit your application until 14 October 2019 17:00 CET

More information is available via the website Diversity and Gender Equality Activities or

Diversity and equality have been increasingly recognised as benefit for research and society. For complex tasks, a diverse team may achieve better outcomes than a homogenous group.

Gender and other diversity aspects are not only important for teamwork but can also be important elements in scientific research projects that might lead to additional insights and knowledge or far-reaching results. The importance of inclusion of diversity variables, like gender dimensions, in research projects, has been widely recognised, for example in the Horizon 2020 programme.

The HBP would like to increase the visibility of researchers at the beginning of their career, researchers who are interested in developing concepts for improving gender equality, including diversity, creating role models and best practices on improving equal opportunities.

This Call for Expression of Interest (CEoI) invites applications for the following categories in management and science:

1)    Best Ideas and Measures to improve equal opportunities in scientific research teams or in the overall HBP

The HBP will honour the best ideas and measures that focus on improving equal opportunities in various settings; we strive to implement these best practices in the HBP.

2)    Best Scientific Concepts that integrate diversity (concepts or existing projects or papers considering sex, gender, further intersectional variables like age, specific diseases etc.)

The HBP will honour research concepts for integrating sex, gender and further diversity dimensions in their research design (see also H2020 Guidelines).

More information is available via the website Diversity and Gender Equality Activities or

Agreement and Disclaimer

By submitting a proposal, all applicants agree that:

  •  Any incomplete proposal will not be considered;
  • Each of the applicants has given her/his consent for the proposal and is committed to present it at the HBP Summit or different conference of choice in case of acceptance, registration and travel cost of winners will be covered;
  • Each applicant has read the HBP Guidelines “Call for Expression of Interest for HBP Best Concepts and Ideas for Diversity in Research and Management SGA2” and does not oppose any of the requirements defined.

Submit your application until 14 October 2019 17:00 CET


Read About Earlier SGA2 Calls



Background on the Calls

The Human Brain Project (HBP) aims to bring a large number of users to the HBP-Joint Platform  to make it even more attractive for the external science community and to foster new collaborations across the full width of the HBP’s Subprojects. To achieve this, a substantial amount of funding has been made available in the next two-year funding period (the SGA2) for partner organisations to help contribute.

The HBP has asked potential new Partners to submit proposals (see recently closed calls below) that will directly contribute to the development of the HBP Platforms and increase the scope of their application, in terms of neuroscience and clinical research. The selected Partners will become full Partners in the HBP Consortium.  The projects will run from April 2018 to March 2020 (SGA2 phase).

Please note that for some of the CEoIs, current Partners of the HBP Consortium are explicitly invited to write a proposal with new Partners and apply together. Details will be explicitly laid out in the Guide for Applicants.


Frequently Asked Questions


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SGA2 CEoI evaluation Process


Independent external evaluators will assess the submitted proposals. This remote evaluation process will be followed by a physical panel meeting, which will make the final selection.

The selected projects will be funded via the European Commission grant for SGA2.

The CEoI are managed by the Technische Universität München (TUM) together with the coordinator Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) on behalf of the HBP Consortium. Applications will be received through the ECHORD++ system, kindly provided by TUM.


Recently Closed Calls

  • HBP Schools for SGA2
  • HBP Workshops 2018
  • Co-designing the HBP digital infrastructure for advancing the understanding of multilevel brain organisation
  • Coordination of Data Protection in the HBP
  • Modelling allosteric drugs
  • Coordination of gender equality activities
  • Comparative single cell analyses of principal neurons and Interneurons in mice and humans