Health Applicants Training

Nikola Benin, PhD


14 December 2017 in Zurich

The full day event on 14 December 2017 addresses applicants of Health Horizon 2020 proposals. You will receive targeted information and advice to support you in the roles of task or work package leader, coordinator or partner in a project and learn what you need to consider when planning and writing the proposal.

The programme of the day includes a confirmed talk by the European Commission, a presentation on the legal, financial and administrative issues, tips on how to write a proposal and a panel discussion with evaluators and coordinators, where you can ask all your burning questions.

The event will also include more information on upcoming calls for 2018-2020 as they will open a few weeks before the training and the first deadlines are expected to be in Spring 2018.

If you would like a bilateral meeting at the event, please contact us at


Health and Care in the Digital Single Market

Nikola Benin, PhD


The input will feed into a new policy Communication to be adopted by the end of 2017, as announced in the recent review of the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy.

Welcoming the initiative Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioners Vytenis Andriukaitis, Mariya Gabriel and Carlos Moedas stated:

‘We are dedicated to improving European citizens’ quality of living by improving Europe’s health, care and research systems by using digital technologies to their full potential. This consultation will help us identify ways to offer citizens, medical professionals and researchers better access to health data, prevention, rapid response to pandemic threats, personalised treatments and care. We are considering new digital initiatives to deliver on the free movement of patients and data, to support the modernisation of national health systems, and to bring together scattered evidence and innovative knowledge from across Europe. At the heart of our policies, citizens and their wellbeing are our first priority.’

The consultation will collect information on three main pillars:

  1. Citizens’ secure access to their health data and the possibility to share it across borders, clarifying citizens’ rights and enhancing interoperability of electronic health records in Europe;
  2. Connecting and sharing data and expertise to advance research, personalise health and care, and better anticipate epidemics;
  3. Using digital services to promote citizen empowerment and integrated person-centred care.

Citizens, patient organisations, health and care professionals, public authorities, researchers, industries, investors, insurers and users of digital health tools are all invited to share their views via EU Survey until 12 October 2017.


Demographic change, growing prevalence of chronic diseases, re-emergence of infectious diseases and the rising cost of healthcare poses major challenges for healthcare provisions in Europe. The Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems concluded that the Member States’ future ability to provide high-quality healthcare to all citizens will depend on making health systems more resilient, while remaining cost-effective and financially sustainable.

Digital innovation can offer cost-effective tools to support the transition from a hospital-based healthcare model to a person-centred and integrated model, improve health promotion, prevention and access to care, and contribute to the sustainability and resilience of healthcare systems. It can make effective the right for citizens to access their health data everywhere in Europe. It can help improve surveillance and early detection of infectious outbreaks. It can also drastically advance the diagnosis and treatment of patients. For instance, in the area of rare diseases, the current average time for diagnosing a known rare disease of 5.6 years could be shortened to one year thanks to molecular diagnosis and tele-consultations with specialists. Furthermore, the digital transformation of health and care stimulates the empowerment of citizens allowing them to manage their own health and interact more easily with health providers.

The recent Digital Single Market Mid-term Review tackles these issues. It proposes that the Commission addresses the need and scope for measures on digital health and care, in line with legislation on the protection of personal data, patient rights and electronic identification.

Commission work in this area builds on digital health initiatives already in place, such as the eHealth Action Plan, the Horizon 2020 and Active Assisted Living funding programmes for research and innovation, the Connecting Europe Facility programme, the European Reference Networks for rare and complex diseases, or the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.


Health Information Event

Nikola Benin, PhD


This event will provide detailed information on the upcoming calls in the 2018-2020 “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing” Work Programme. Topics include “Understanding health, well-being and disease”, “Preventing, treating and managing diseases”, “Active ageing and self-management of health”, “Methods and data (digital diagnostics, in-silico methods)” and “Health care provision & integrated care”.

After the event, participants preparing a Horizon 2020 proposal are offered 20 min. bilateral meetings on content, admin or budget questions with the National Contact Point Health from the Euresearch Head Office and Grants Advisors from the University of Bern. These meetings are on a first-come, first-served basis and can be booked by sending an email to Aline Schögler –

Horizon 2020 – Information Event Health

Nikola Benin, PhD


This information event will provide you with an overview of “Health, demographic change and wellbeing”, one of the seven Societal Challenges within Horizon 2020. The research topics and funding schemes requested in the calls for 2018, 2019 and 2020 will be given in order to help you prepare a competitive proposal. The focus of this work programme will be “Better Health and Care, Economic Growth and Sustainable Health Systems”, “Digital Transformation in Health and Care” and “Trusted digital solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care”.

We also will inform about ECRIN, the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network, and how ECRIN Switzerland can support applicants to Horizon 2020. Also, we will give insight in a running IMI – JU project at University of Basel and how the collaboration works between Pharma industry and public institutions.


Future Partners “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing”

Nikola Benin

slide_1This international brokerage event will help you to build up your proposal for final calls of the 2016-2017 Health Work Programme, which will still be open in 2017. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Why participate?

  • Get all information needed on the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing” Work Programme
  • Seize the opportunity to directly ask a European Commission representative about future calls in Horizon 2020
  • Present your innovative project to an international audience and discover other participants’ solutions and technologies
  • Meet and find partners from all over Europe and beyond to build up your consortium
  • Target audience

Any applicant eligible to Horizon 2020 calls: Companies, Universities, Research and Technology organisations, NGOs and Patients Associations…

Participation to the brokerage event is free of charge.

Register here until 5 December 2016 (registration may close earlier, if the event capacity is reached).

Keep an eye on: Bulletin Project and fund –

Information Event “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing”

Author: Nikola Benin


29-09-2016, 12:00–14:00 in Bellinzona

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Horizon 2020 Information Event on “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing” – Upcoming Topics

29-09-2016, 12:00–14:00 in Bellinzona

Registration fee: free

This event will inform you about funding opportunities for collaborative research projects within the European Programme Horizon 2020 in the area of “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing”.

Our guest speaker, Mrs Vivot (Acting National Contact Point Health), will provide an overview of the upcoming research topics for the next “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing” Work Programme for the year 2017 and of further health-related topics in other Horizon 2020 calls. The presentation will focus on some relevant topics in the frame of the “personalised medicine” call and give you additional information on the specificities of unit trials in Horizon 2020.


12:00–12:05 Welcome
12:05–13:10 Health Research Topics and Related Calls in H2020
Ms. Mathilde Vivot – Euresearch Head Office
13:10–13:20 Update Swiss status and Presentation of Euresearch services
Martina Pestoni – Euresearch Lugano
13:20–13:35 Questions & Answers
13:35–14:00 Networking apero

More information: Mrs Martina Pestoni –

LISAvienna Business Treff for Health

Author: Nikola Benin


Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Industry and SMEs
Country: Austria
City: Vienna, 1010
Address: Wiener Boersesaele Wipplingerstrasse 34
Program  17:30 – registration  18:00 – welcome o Johannes Sarx and Peter Halwachs, LISAvienna o Ines Haberl, Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG, „Fit for Health 2.0“  18:15 – keynote speech: opportunities for SMEs in Horizon 2020: first lessons learned o Laszlo Helmle, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation  18:45 – round table discussion (moderation: Astrid Hoebertz, Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG ) o Eva Prieschl-Grassauer, Marinomed Biotechnologie GmbH (Austria) o Otto Kanzler, TAmiRNA GmbH (Austria) o Christian Suojanen, Tech Transfer Summit (United Kingdom) o Patrik Frei, Venture Valuation (Switzerland) o Sebastian Tegethoff, 24IP Law Group (Germany) o Ines Haberl, Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG (Austria)  19:45 – get together & networking When Wed, 12.10.2016 start: 18:00 end: 22:00 Where Wiener Börsesäle Wipplingerstrasse 34 1010 Vienna Informati.