On 4 August 2023, the European Brain Council received confirmation from the European Commission that the joint proposal for the EU-funded Coordination and Support Action (CSA) “Towards structuring brain health research in Europe”, replying to the Horizon Europe call HORIZON-HLTH-2023-DISEASE-03-06, was evaluated positively. 17 organisations led by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum Fur Luft – Und Raumfahrt Ev, DLR) will pave the way towards the future European Partnership on Brain Health.

The CSA Brain Health builds on the momentum of the EU-funded CSA “European Brain Research Area (EBRA)”, which was led by EBC and involved the Network of European funding for Neuroscience research (NEURON), Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) and the Human Brain Project (HBP)/EBRAINS. EBRA created a catalysing platform for brain research stakeholders to streamline and better co-ordinate brain research across Europe while fostering global initiatives. The project resulted in the adoption of a shared European brain research agenda (SEBRA), a landscape analysis and six research clusters.

During the next two years, the CSA Brain Health consortium, gathering patient organisations, funding agencies, and key stakeholders from the brain ecosystem, will enable the strategic alignment of European research agendas, design the governance structure of the future European Partnership on Brain Health while ensuring geographical and academic representativity, and establish itself within the broader international brain research community. The effective contribution of social sciences and humanities disciplines will be leveraged to enhance the societal impact of these activities. The CSA Brain Health is thus the final crucial step towards the creation of a European Partnership on Brain Health.

EBC is looking forward to bringing together the entire European Brain Research and Innovation Community in this initiative, and to its impacts on the European brain research landscape. More updates will come soon, as we proceed with this project. We want to extend our warm congratulations to everyone involved in this pivotal endeavor paving together the way towards the future European Partnership on Brain Health.