International Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research

Funding Agency:
Fondation Leducq

Leducq Foundation is an international grant-making organization comprised of the Leducq Foundation for Cardiovascular Research in Houston (a US-based 501(c)(3)) and the Leducq Corporation, in Boston, MA, which provides administrative services to the grant-making entities, dedicated to improving human health through international efforts to combat cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. In support of this mission the Leducq Foundation has created the International Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Research Program, (formerly the Transatlantic Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Research Program) which promotes internationally collaborative basic, translational, and clinical research in cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. The principal aim of this program is to foster outstanding and innovative scientific research by bringing together international teams of researchers with complementary expertise and resources to work together on a common thematic problem. The proposals should aim to generate new knowledge with the potential to advance the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular and/or neurovascular disease. Early career investigators play a vital role in these networks, which provide an excellent context for training and career development in cardiovascular and neurovascular research.

With the International Network of Excellence (INE) Program, the Leducq Foundation looks to support original and outstanding research in the areas of the foundation’s mission, namely, cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. Applicants are encouraged to think innovatively and to propose bold new ideas. Nevertheless, while the foundation will bear the risks inherent in innovative research, submitted proposals should not be merely speculative, and all applicants should provide a clear hypothesis and rationale for the research plan.

Following a Board of Directors’ decision, the total award has been increased to $8,000,000 over five years for the International Networks of Excellence Program.

Due date for letters of intent: Sep. 6, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

Participants in a Leducq Foundation International Network of Excellence Program (INEP) must have expertise in cardiovascular or neurovascular disease, or a related field, and must be affiliated with an academic research center. The two Network Coordinators must be from different continents. In the consideration of continent boundaries, conventional geographic definitions will obtain. The INEP is open to investigators worldwide, with the exception of the coordinator role, as described above. Participation in a Leducq International Network is contingent upon the commitment of the participant’s affiliated academic institution to abide by the financial and intellectual property provisions. Participants sign a customary research agreement which outlines the conditions of support, the powers of the coordinators to modify the program, and the responsibilities and accountability of network members.



Funding Type





International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

September 6, 2023