The Innovative Medicines Initiative has now launched IMI2 – Call 13. Deadline for submitting short proposals is 28 February 2018.

Find out more about all topic texts, call documentation and details of how to apply on the IMI website.

IMI will hold webinars on the IMI2 – Call 13 from 27 November to 15 December inclusive.

The Smart Ageing Prize is a competition that aims to identify the most promising solutions in Europe using ICT for active ageing and its main theme, this year, is ‘products and services that use innovative digital technologies to support older people to participate fully in social life’. The prize process supports selected applications to develop their business through small financial...

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As part of the work-programme, the AAL Programme intends to launch a new Challenge-led Call for Proposals in February 2018: “Smart Solutions for Ageing well”.
The aim of this call is to support innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects.

AAL Pre-...

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The Network for Access to Risk Finance and SMEs National Contact Points, Access4SMEs, jointly with the European Commission and the European Investment Bank will organize a webinar to present opportunities on the above mentioned instruments. In this sense we invite you to attend to this webinar that will take place next 17th November, from 12:00h to 13:30h (Central European Time).


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Registration is now open for the IMI2 – Call 13 webinars, which will be held on 27 November to 15 December. As usual, we will have webinars on all the topics plus a webinar on IMI’s rules and procedures. In addition, this time we will have a dedicated webinar for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to highlight the opportunities for them in this Call and provide them with information that may be particularly relevant for them.

Registration for the webinars is free but obligatory

The draft topic texts for IMI2 – Call 13 are online

Connected to the Open Info Day of the European Commission (December 8th, 2017 in Brussels) dedicated to “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing” (SC1) in Horizon 2020, the EU-funded project Health-NCP-Net 2.0 is organizing a free of charge Partnering Event on December 7th, 2017 in Brussels which is meant to assist you in finding the right project partners for the upcoming Health calls.

The registration deadline has been prolonged until 5th of November

The draft of the SC1 part of the 2018-2020 Work Programme has just been pre-published on the Commission Work Programme

Download the SC1 Work Programme 2018-2020 here

Research and Innovation: What's New in Health and life sciences

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    Research Headlines - Green manufacturing for the pharmaceutical industry

    An EU and industry-funded project has developed environmentally friendly chemistry processes for drug manufacturing. As well as being better for the planet, the new processes will also enable the industry to cut costs and could lead to cheaper medicines for patients.
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    Research Headlines - Stimulating the development of new antibiotics

    Many advances of modern medicine rely heavily on antibiotics - which can, however, lose their effectiveness over time as bacteria adapt. New types of these precious drugs are urgently needed. EU and industry-funded researchers are looking into ways to foster the required innovation.
  • 04.12.2017 - 01:00

    Success Stories - Finding better and quicker ways to tackle TB

    Tuberculosis is a silent killer. According to the World Health Organisation more than 10 million people were diagnosed with the disease in 2016. The previous year, some 1,8 million people died from it making TB one of the top ten main causes of death globally.
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    Research Headlines - Developing a fast, local test for deadly Ebola

    Rapid diagnosis is vital for controlling outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus. Currently this can only be done in complex laboratories and samples from infected patients are dangerous to handle and transport. Faced with this challenge, an EU and industry-funded project is developing fast, local tests to spot infection quickly and safely, helping to contain its spread and saving lives in the process.
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    Research Headlines - HIV study finds no sign of accelerated ageing

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    Events - EuroScience Open Forum - 9-14 July 2018, Toulouse, France

    ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people, media and the general public.

    Created in 2004 by EuroScience, this biennial European forum brings together over 4 000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy makers and journalists from all over the world to discuss breakthroughs in science.

    More than 40% of the participants are students and young researchers. The 8th edition of ESOF will take place in Toulouse, France, from 9 till 14 July 2018.

      • Taking part in ESOF is a unique opportunity to: • Further knowledge on the challenges and breakthroughs in research, innovation and their relation to society; • Create links, exchange and debate with leaders of the scientific community worldwide in an interdisciplinary context; • Communicate the latest news on scientific research and innovation to an international audience; • Develop a network in view of building a research career.
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    Research Headlines - New tumour models could lead to more effective treatments

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    Research Headlines - Better drug design: bioengineering and chemical synthesis duo

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