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The Call for proposals 2020

EIT Health has opened its Call for Proposals for Business Plan 2020 for activities in Innovation Projects, Campus pillar and Accelerator pillar.

Focus Areas

Focus Areas fall within the scope of the themes defined in the EIT Health Strategic Agenda. A Focus Area “zooms in” on a particular aspect, covering related challenges as well as desired impact. The six Focus Areas shape this call by directing EIT Health funding decisions and securing long-term sustainability. You can find a full presentation of the Focus Areas at EIT Health Connections. The six EIT Health Focus areas are:

  • BRINGING CARE HOME: From institutional delivery to health delivered at home – EIT Health will deliver optimal home-based healthcare to older citizens, and consequent financial benefits to society, by designing and demonstrating innovation in home care service and systems.
  • HARNESSING THE POWER OF REAL WORLD DATA (RWD): From conceptual vision to tangible value – EIT Health will launch RWD initiatives that are robust, inform valid healthcare decisions and demonstrate potential to be scaled up, thereby establishing a framework for EU leadership in access and analysis of RWD.
  • CREATING THE ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR HEALTHCARE TRANSFORMATION: From the current challenge to a sustainable future – EIT Health will deliver an organisational evolution in healthcare management, with value-based benefits for citizens and consequent financial benefits to society, by designing and demonstrating innovation in management models and aligned training.
  • TOWARDS HEALTH CONTINUUM CARE PATHWAYS: From treatment centric limitations to the health continuum breadth – EIT Health will lead the reform of care pathways, undertaking the design and evidence-based implementation of innovative care and health delivery solutions.
  • EMPLOYER LEADERSHIP IN IMPROVING HEALTH OUTCOMES IN THE WORKPLACE: From workplace to health place – EIT Health will deliver improved healthcare to employees, and consequent financial benefits to employers, by going beyond the traditional expectation of employer responsibility for health in the workplace.
  • FOSTERING HEALTHY LIVES BY INTRODUCING BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE: From dealing with disease and disability to healthy lives – EIT Health will supply the tools and incentives to help citizens modify their way of life to prevent early onset of ageing, disease and disability and to profit from more years in health and wellbeing. EIT Health will focus on providing opportunities, especially to children, and other vulnerable and marginalised groups in society.

Innovation Projects

In the current call for new Innovation Projects, EIT Health are looking to expand the portfolio of highquality, strong, balanced projects, mainly targeting our new Focus Areas. Indeed 80% of the Innovation pillar budget will be dedicated to the implementation of such projects that clearly address the Focus Areas. In turn, this implies that a maximum of 20% of the budget may be dedicated to proposals that are “out of the box” and address other areas which of course must be related to the overall strategy of EIT Health. EIT Health hereby invites partners to submit proposals for new Innovation Projects to be included in the Business Plan to start in 2020. The ultimate objective of the projects should be the rapid market penetration of innovative products and services, and/or the testing and implementation of novel organisational and healthcare delivery processes.

The projects can have different types of outputs, namely:

  • Projects developing products and/or services that will generate revenues and thus should be able to reach the market in a rapid manner
  • Projects developing new organisational modes and/or processes that will not have as final goal to generate revenues but rather generate efficiencies or cost savings that will have to be fully implemented by the end of the project.

Campus activities

EIT Health invites partners to submit new proposals and re-submit existing ones for innovative, future-oriented health education formats, courses and training programmes, to build on and increase the far-reaching impact of our Campus offerings for the European citizen. Since 2016, Campus has been working with the ambition to innovate the delivery of health education, helping to uphold Europe’s excellence as a powerhouse in health innovation. Campus offers various modes of educational activities, combining technical know-how and best pedagogic practices with a strong focus on challenge-based learning. One aim is to develop the next generation of health innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders, and ultimately create new professions that are needed to sustain Europe’s innovation leadership. Another aim is to empower the individual citizen to manage his/her own health, thereby improving the health and well-being of European citizens in line with EIT Health’s key priorities of promoting healthy living and active ageing, and improving healthcare for all.

For Business Plan 2020, Campus continues to call for proposals in activity lines designed to focus on four target groups that are the drivers of change in the health sector: 1. Students, 2. Entrepreneurs & Innovators, 3. Health Professionals & Executives, and 4. Citizens & Patients. Campus training activities provide these change agents the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to empower them to lead change in the health sector.

Accelerator Activities

EIT Health Accelerator invites partners to submit innovative, value-creating proposals in 2020, to build on and strengthen the Accelerator portfolio while synergising and creating deal flow with the two other pillars: Campus and Innovation Projects. Programmes offered within the Accelerator should be linked to Campus projects, such as summer schools, Innovation Projects and their spin-outs, as well as other Accelerator activities. Participants in Accelerator programmes also have the opportunity to become part of the business-chapter of the EIT Health Alumni network, an opportunity to connect enthusiastic alumni to networking and community initiatives of EIT Health. The EIT Health Accelerator and its EIT Health Partners offer programmes that create a European ecosystem where innovation can thrive. Its goal is to gather the best and brightest health industry entrepreneurs and provide them the support, skills and services they need to get their ideas off the ground and into the market. Accelerator works in three structured activity lines focused on start-up maturity.

Matchmaking event

A matchmaking event will take place in Berlin 5-7 February 2019. If you are interested in going, please contact


Pre-proposal: Pre-proposals to Innovation projects must be submitted no later than 15 February 2019,16:00 CET to the Scandinavian CLC. Use the template.

Full-propsal: All proposals to Innovation projects, Campus activities and Accelerator activities must be submitted no later than 27 March 2019,16:00 CET .

All full-proposals will need to be submitted via the Plaza system. The call forms will be available as of 7 February 2019. The headings of the call form are already specified in the specific call details. Please be aware that you need to be fully registered in order to submit a proposal, and your registration may require up to 36 hours to be approved.

Evaluation Process

All eligible proposals will be evaluated. The evaluation process involves two stages in all three activity pillars:

(1) Remote expert evaluations

Each eligible proposal is evaluated by five independent external evaluators based on the criteria indicated below. The evaluators are contracted by EIT Health e.V. and receive training on the EIT Health strategy, rules and procedures. They are instructed to check for conflict of interest and to inform the EIT Health HQ, if necessary, before evaluation of the proposal proceeds.

A maximum of 100 points will be awarded by each reviewer during the remote evaluation. The final remote evaluation score will be the average of all remote reviewers’ scores.

Invitations to hearings will be based on the scoring/ranking from the remote evaluation.

Invitations for hearings will be issued by 30 April 2019 to the Activity Leader named in the proposal. The Activity Leader must communicate the results to the appropriate members of the team in order to prepare for the hearings.

(2) Hearings

The hearings are conducted by an Evaluation Board for each pillar. The Evaluation Board consists of an external expert group and will be chaired by a member of the HQ management team. The composition of the Evaluation Boards will be published prior to the hearings. Prior to hearings, the external experts will receive training on the EIT Health strategy, rules and procedures.

Some practical information on the hearings: Hearings will be face-to-face and take place in Munich, to allow the experts to meet with the teams in-person; For proposals in all three pillars, a maximum of four participants is allowed. For Accelerator, a maximum of three participants is allowed. Participation of the project’s leader is mandatory; Hearings guidelines will be communicated directly by the pillar teams.

A maximum of 100 points will be awarded from the hearings by each reviewer. The final hearing score will be the average of all hearing reviewers scores.

Final selection for the Business Plan - The criteria applied for the selection of proposals by the Supervisory Board for EIT contribution will be: The score obtained by each proposal in the remote evaluations and in the hearings. The final score will be calculated based on 25% of the remote evaluation score + 75% of the face-to-face hearing score; Overall portfolio balance and fit to strategic agenda; The overall budget available, and the approved distribution of the anticipated EIT budget over the three pillars; The maximum total EIT contribution for an EIT Health Associate Partner is €350 000/year. This will be enforced at the selection stage.

The Supervisory Board may also grant proposals an EIT Health label without EIT contribution, if the proposing partners decide to fund the entire project cost themselves.

Feedback from evaluators - All proposing teams will be informed about whether they have been selected to come to hearings by 30 April 2019. Proposals selected to be included in the 2020 business plan will be informed by 12 July 2019 and should be available during mid-July/mid-August for proposal fine-tuning based on evaluator comments. All proposals will receive their scores and detailed evaluator feedback by 15 July 2019