Exploring IHI Call 8: A New Horizon for Health Innovation

The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) has launched its eighth call for proposals, focusing on pivotal areas in health research and innovation. This call aims to foster collaborative projects that address pressing health challenges through cutting-edge science and technology. Here’s a comprehensive look at what IHI Call 8 entails and how interested parties can get involved.

Key Focus Areas of IHI Call 8

IHI Call 8 is structured around four main topics:

  1. Cardiovascular Disease: This topic seeks innovative city-based approaches to reducing cardiovascular mortality across Europe. The emphasis is on implementing scalable and sustainable solutions that can be integrated into urban healthcare systems to improve cardiovascular health outcomes.
  2. Osteoarthritis: Utilising big data analytics, this topic aims to develop novel endpoints for osteoarthritis. By leveraging vast amounts of data, the goal is to enhance the understanding of disease progression and treatment efficacy, ultimately improving patient care.
  3. Regulatory Sandboxes: This topic involves modelling regulatory sandbox mechanisms. These sandboxes are controlled environments where innovative health technologies can be tested and validated under regulatory supervision, facilitating faster market entry for breakthrough innovations.
  4. Patient-Centred Endpoints: The focus here is on deriving patient-centred clinical-study endpoints using digital health technologies. This involves creating more personalised and precise measures of health outcomes that reflect the real-world experiences and needs of patients.

Funding and Budget

The total indicative budget for IHI Call 8 is €96.6 million, with €47.6 million contributed by IHI and €49.0 million from industry and other contributing partners. This substantial funding emphasises the EU’s commitment to advancing health innovation through collaborative research.

Application Process and Deadlines

IHI Call 8 follows a two-stage application process:

  • Stage 1: Short proposal submission deadline is on 10th October 2024, at 17:00 Brussels time.
  • Stage 2: Full proposal submission deadline is on 23rd April 2025, at 17:00 Brussels time.

Applicants must submit their proposals via the Funding and Tenders Portal, ensuring they have an EU Login account, and their organisation is registered as a beneficiary.

Finding Partners

Collaboration is at the heart of IHI Call 8. To facilitate the formation of consortia, IHI provides resources through the IHI Call Days platform, where potential partners can connect, schedule meetings, and seek advice on forming robust partnerships. This platform remains active until the call deadline, offering continuous support for networking and collaboration.

Additional Resources and Support

Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult the detailed call documents available on the IHI website and the Funding and Tenders Portal. These documents include the guide for applicants, which provides crucial information on proposal preparation and submission. Additionally, IHI offers info sessions and various support mechanisms to assist applicants throughout the process.

Emphasis on Inclusivity and Innovation

IHI Call 8 is designed to be inclusive, inviting participation from a broad range of stakeholders, including SMEs, academic institutions, and industry partners. The focus on digital health technologies, big data analytics, and regulatory innovation reflects a commitment to embracing cutting-edge solutions that address contemporary health challenges.

What Next

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