This call covers consortia composed of innovative technology providers aiming to carry out medical technologies, digital devices, and artificial intelligence (AI) analyses to improve surveillance and care at high technology preparedness levels (TRL). These are innovation actions that contribute to healthcare preparedness; diagnosis and clinical management of COVID-19 patients and survivors; recommending changes that will enable rapid recovery and improved preparedness for future health emergencies; and accelerating the deployment and market introduction of health technologies at a high stage of development for the prevention and optimal treatment of COVID-19.
Innovation actions fall into one of the following two categories:
- Support solutions that are close-to-market (TRL 7) in one of the COVID-19 areas that have already received (or will shortly receive) the CE marking needed to proceed towards large-scale testing, piloting, and deployment operations in critical healthcare areas (type 1).
- Support market innovation (from lab-to-fab) for further developing and maturing innovative solutions that have already been validated in laboratory environments (TRL 6-7 or higher) with the aim to help accelerate developments and achieve conformity assessment (CE marking) (type 2).
Actions should fall within the following themes:
- Fast, cost-effective, and easily deployable sampling, screening, diagnostic and prognostic systems to detect the presence of pathogen-related parameters, especially in an early stage of infection.
- Environmental surveillance (e.g., sewage, air) systems and data analytics as a sentinel for viral (re)emergence and spread in communities.
- Low-cost sensors, smart wearable devices, and robotics/AI for telemedicine, telepresence, and the continuous remote monitoring of patient parameters.
- Protection of healthcare practitioners and the general public, for example by improving disinfection and social distancing in healthcare environments and public spaces.
- Innovative, data-driven services and tools combining data assets from various relevant privately held and/or publicly available sources.
- Results must be delivered to end users within 3 to 18 months.
- The maximum duration of a project is 2 years.
- Consortia launching competitive calls for proposals must be ready to do so within one month after the start of the project and explicitly indicate in the proposal how the (quick) selection procedure will be handled.
- Where relevant, privacy, data protection, and anonymity (e.g., when using mobile alert and prevention applications) as defined in the Commission Recommendation C(2020) 2296 should be taken into account.
- It is expected that projects applying for this grant have a budget between €2 to €5 million.
- For applications including financial support from third parties, a maximum of €10 million can be applied for.
- Third party financing should be between €20,000 and €100,000 per party.