Horizon 2020 Challenge 1: Health, demographic change and well-being

Europe faces emerging and potentially unsustainable healthcare costs, due to the increase in chronic diseases, to an ageing population and to increasing societal demands. If nothing changes, the quality of care and accessibility to care will be in jeopardy, leading to enhanced inequality.

Innovative health and care delivery services

To address this challenge, the European Union is expected to aim for better health and care, economic growth and sustainable health systems. To achieve this the EU formulated priorities and a strategic direction for the period 2018-2020 of the Horizon 2020 grant programme.

Within the priority ‘Innovative health and care delivery services and the integration of care’ is proposed as research line.

It is interesting to know that this research line aims at:

  • Providing for a path to innovation and implementation of integrated care programmes,
  • providing for evidence of benefits to the society,
  • Focussing on the user engagement,
  • Addressing societal needs by high impact disruptive technologies,
  • Strengthening the procurement communities and the links between the demand and supply sides.

This, by promoting the creation, the assessment and scaling-up of demand-driven open innovation health and care eco-systems for more effective approaches on key challenges, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, dementia, mental health and multi-morbidities.

Aspects to consider are organisational, financing and business models, workforce training, hospital and telemedicine services, home care, self-care, patient centeredness and patient empowerment.

This research line includes the integration of the care dimension, by the promotion of health literacy, and by better coordinating the primary and community care with the specific needs of the patient.

First Deadlines: end 2017

The work program is now under construction and the first draft is expected to be available in a few months’ time. The first deadlines for calls will be at the end of this year.

If your R&D is directly in line with the ambitions of the EU, we suggest to start early with your preparations. The latest calls show a high competition and to stand a chance it is vital to start early with the strategic approach and the composition of a consortium.

If you would like to have some advice on how to prepare yourself for the upcoming Horizon 2020 programme for the years 2018-2020, or are interested in information on other challenges, priorities and research lines you are welcome to get in touch with us for a non-committal talk. 

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