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EIP on AHA Newsletter, Issue July 2020

Spotlight on EU4Health for a healthier and safer EU

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Drawing conclusions from the current COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission presented an ambitious health programme in May 2020, called EU4Health. It aims to demonstrate a higher priority to health and to help health systems get prepared to cope with epidemics and other unforeseeable health threats. With a budget of €9.4billion for the period 2021-2017, EU4Health will be the largest European health programme ever.

Embedded in the ‘One health’ approach, which recognises the interconnection between human health and animal health and more broadly with the environment, the EU4Health Programme can support Member States in the transition to better preparedness and the reinforcement of their health systems and support them in achieving the health-related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This programme is of particular importance to the EIP on AHA partners who have directly suffered the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. This programme provides a great opportunity to help European regions and territories to be better prepared to respond to similar crisis situations in the future.

Call for proposals under the new EU4Health programme will be published in 2021. Eligible entities will be EU countries, healthcare providers and NGOs.

Additional information on the call & other relevant programmes


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Welcome to the 103rd EIP on AHA Reference Site

Sardinia Ageing Well Network joined the EIP on AHA Reference Site community in June 2020. The consortium, led by the University of Sassari, has been awarded with 1*. We look forward to working with Sardinia and hope that they enjoy the great networking opportunities and fruitful exchanges with other peer Reference Sites.

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Economic evaluation of ICT-enabled health innovations in times of COVID-19 - MAFEIP

The COVID-19 outbreak has placed immense demands on healthcare and social systems. Under these circumstances, cost-effectiveness analysis tools such as MAFEIP are valuable in supporting the decision-making process. Economic evaluations are increasingly conducted alongside randomised controlled trials to provide researchers, healthcare providers, and policy makers with evidence-based results to estimate cost-effectiveness.

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Applying Blueprint personas to optimise hypertension care

The Health Centre Zagreb – Centar, Croatia, is one of the EIP on AHA Reference Sites. They have successfully applied the Blueprint personas when beginning to look for innovative monitoring solutions to improve people’s health and optimise hypertension care. The focus of the effort was on the self-management of hypertension care.

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European Commission adopted Report on the Impact of Demographic Change in Europe

The European Commission has adopted its first-ever Report on the Impact of Demographic Change. It presents the drivers of this long-term change and the impact it is having across Europe. It also highlights the links between demographic structures and the impact and recovery potential from the crisis.

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Calling all researchers - Funding for "Equality and wellbeing"

The Joint Programming Initiative More Years Better Lives (JPI MYBL) has launched their Call for Proposals "Equality and wellbeing". JPI MYBL are inviting researchers to submit proposals that explore: How demographic change is altering the implicit contract between generations? How policy can ensure that change results in a reduction in inequality?

Funding opportunities

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EUREKA Multilateral call for projects on healthy ageing. Deadline 05/08/2020

Participants are invited to submit applied research and innovation project proposals to develop digital health tools and smart devices to promote healthy ageing.

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AAL Call 2020: Healthy Ageing with the support of digital solutions. Deadline 24/08/2020

The aim of the call is to support innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects. It is open to developing ICT-based solutions targeting any application areas within the AAL domain. The solutions need to be embedded in the strategies of the participating end-user organisations, service providers and business partners.

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South Asia-Europe science & technology joint call. Deadline 15/10/2020

The proposals have to cover the thematic areas of Infectious Diseases (incl. COVID-19) or Nanotechnologies to enhance bi-regional cooperation and develop new partnerships as well as strengthen existing ones.

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Connecting Europe Facility. Deadline 5/11/2020

Calls are published to facilitate access to highly specialised knowledge and care for patients suffering from rare and complex diseases using information and communication technologies. Available amount: €5 million.

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South Asia- Europe Innovation calls. Deadline 16/11/2020

The proposals have to cover the thematic areas of Digital Health (including Infectious Diseases) or Bioeconomy (including Application of ICT-based Technologies), to enhance bi-regional cooperation and develop new partnerships as well as strengthen existing ones.

Get involved

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WHO survey on tailored digital learning Academy

WHO has launched a survey targeting health workers, leaders, managers, researchers, educators, policy makers, civil society organizers, and others involved in the health sector. The survey will help to measure digital learning especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, different engagement types, willingness to invest in lifelong learning that is affordable, high quality, innovative, with verifiable credentials.

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Access City Award 2021

Applications for the 11th Access City Award competition are now open. EU cities have until 9 September to apply. EU cities are invited to take part in the Access City Award 2021, the EU Prize for cities accessible to persons with disabilities and elderly people.


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European Research and Innovation days, 22-24/09/2020, Online

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

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2nd European 5G Observatory Stakeholder Workshop – 5G for growth and recovery, 25/09/2020, Online workshop

This workshop will be the opportunity to review the main findings of the second year of the 5G Observatory and to exchange views on the current state of play of 5G deployment, the latest market trends and in particular the impact of the current crisis on the 5G progress.

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ICT 2020: Leading the Digital Age, 1-3/12/2020, Cologne, Germany

ICT 2020 will host a high-level policy conference, an interactive exhibition of EU-funded projects in the field of ICT, numerous networking opportunities and much more! It is a unique occasion to bring together 5,000 researchers, innovators and engineers from all ICT fields, policy and business decision makers, as well as investors and venture capitalists.

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Personalised Medicine - From Vision to Practice, 25-26/02/2021, Paris, France

This conference of the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine (ICPerMed) aims to demonstrate how personalised medicine will lead to the next generation of healthcare by 2030.

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The European Week of Healthy Ageing, 10-12/05/2021, Trieste, Italy

This is a joint initiative of the AAL Programme, EIP on AHA & JPI MYBL whose overall objective is to foster a more comprehensive European vision on active and healthy ageing while bringing forward the contributions of AAL, EIP on AHA and JPI MYBL for a continued R&D agenda on active & healthy ageing.

EIP ON AHA This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme under Grant Agreement No 769705

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