Update on EU health funding and policy

If you are interested in EU health policy and funding, there have been a few recent announcements which might be of interest:health

  • A report from the recent European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing has been published.
  • You can also check out the presentations from the eHealth Week held in Riga as part of the Latvian Presidency of the EU. This was attended by 1334 health experts and 81 exhibitors from across Europe.
  • And finally, the European Commission has published the EU Health 2015 work programme AND the calls for this year which have just been launched with a deadline of 15th September. The calls cover topics such as gathering knowledge and exchanging best practices on measures reducing availability of alcoholic beverages; early diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis; and support for the implementation and scaling up of good practices in the areas of integrated care, frailty prevention, adherence to medical plans and age-friendly communities.



Wellcome Trust refresh their funding framework

The Wellcome Trust has announced a refreshed funding framwork to make more of a distinction between strategic and responsive funding:

Under Strategic Funding Wellcome Trust will fund areas deemed to be of strategic importance following dialogue with their researchers and the wider community. Applications will be invited however Wellcome invite researchers to discuss any research ideas they feel fit with the Trust’s strategic priorities.

Responsive Mode is now split into 5 categories spanning Science, Innovations, Medical Humanities, Society & Ethics and Engaging Science. The categories are:

  • People: fellowships giving talented researchers are given the resources and freedom they need to pursue their goals
  • Seeds: supporting the generation of new ideas
  • Teams: supporting the development of new ideas and bringing different disciplines together to speed up the pace of discovery
  • Places:  long-term support for centres of excellence in the UK and in low and middle-income countries
  • Resources: funding for shared equipment, facilities and research resources, including support for longitudinal studies

For further details see the Wellcome Trust website.


New Website for NIHR

Check out the new look NIHR website which brings all parts of the NIHR together into a more user friendly, stakeholder focused design.

The funding section lists all opportunities for funding research and career development opportunities, including how to apply and how NIHR can help.




Horizon 2020 – Health – key areas identified for 2016-17 Workprogramme

An Advisory Group set up by the European Commission to look at priority areas for the 2016-17 Workprogramme for the Societal Challenge ‘Health, Demographic Change & Wellbeing has recommended  to deliver a  a coherent research programme with interdisciplinary, shared competences and convergence between research areas, including social science and humanities and science, technology and medicine. The programme needs to focus on the evidence-based use for new drugs and ICT solutions, and new algorithms for how to organize health care and public health.

The Group also identified 8 key strategic areas for the 2016-17 Workprogramme:

  • Ageing at large
  • Personalized medicine
  • ICT for health
  • Population health and health promotion
  • Infectious diseases
  • Early development
  • Sustainable health and care systems
  • Environment and health challenge

For full details of the recommendations see the Advisory Group Report.



RCUK-Brazil Research Partnerships Call

Brazil 2014 by Adrien Sifre CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Brazil 2014 by Adrien Sifre CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

RCUK has recently released a call for research partnerships with Brazil as part of the £375M Newton Fund, which we blogged about earlier in the year:

RCUK-CONFAP Research Partnerships Call Preliminary Notice – Deadline 17th Oct 2014

What’s the call about?

The aim of this call is to provide flexible short-term support for small-scale research and networking activities, with the objective of establishing sustainable collaborations between UK and Brazilian researchers, helping to build a community that will be better equipped to develop excellent research outcomes through this and future funding opportunities.

What will the awards fund?

The awards will be up to 12 months in duration and funded to a maximum of £50K (direct costs only at 100%) by RCUK with support for matched effort from CONFAP (Brazil). Funds can be used for travel, subsistence and other networking or collaborative activities, such as workshops, summer schools and exchanges (in either direction: from and to the UK). Funds can also be used to support direct research costs; funding for staff time will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Who can apply?

The lead UK applicant must be a current RCUK award holder and the lead Brazil applicant must be from a state whose FAP has signed up to the Newton Fund MoU. For the UK, there are a couple of exceptions: the AHRC exceptionally allows PIs who have been in receipt of an AHRC award within the last 5 years; the ESRC allows applications from researchers not currently in receipt of RCUK funding as long as they are part of a research group or cluster, in an institution eligible for ESRC funding, with a significant portfolio of externally funded research within the broad theme of the application.

What kinds of research will be funded?

Applications across all research council areas are welcome, as long as they make a strong case for UK-Brazil cooperation, but in particular the following areas have been highlighted as particularly welcome:

  • Health
  • Urban transformations
  • Food energy water environment nexus
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems resilience
  • Economic development and welfare reform

How do I apply?

There is a single form for both the UK and Brazil applicants, available here: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/international/newton/confap/. This needs to be completed and submitted to international@rcuk.ac.uk (for UK applicants) and to fundonewton@confap.org.br (for Brazilian applicants) by the call deadline (17th October 2014). Potential applicants are encouraged to contact your relevant Research Funding Manager as soon as possible to discuss.


EU Marketplace for eHealth & European Innovation Partnership on Active Health & Ageing

Happy Old Man by Marg CC BY 2.0
older peopleThe Commission is organising an open innovative event aimed at bringing together action groups and reference sites from the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging, connected health ecosystems, SMEs, innovators, public officials, patient groups, academics, entrepreneurs and buyers.
The EU Marketplace for eHealth & European Innovation Partnership on Active Health & Ageing will run on Monday 22nd September, and will also include representatives from the European Commission, the AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) and AGE (An Age-Friendly EU) Platform Europe initiatives.
The event is designed to complement the “Growing the Silver Economy in Europe” event being held on Tuesday 23rd September and provide a platform for all relevant stakeholders to meet, debate, share knowledge and disseminate best practices, build projects and develop business opportunities.

Your chance to influence the EC’s priorities for the 2016-17 Health and Wellbeing Work Programme

The European Commission is starting to think about the content of the next Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-17. A consultation has been launched  on the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing theme. This is a great opportunity to tell the EC what’s missing and suggest new areas to be covered. They are particularly interested in the scope of the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Aging.