The International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) is proud to announce the new vision and goals for 2017-2027.

The new vision: Enable all people living with a rare disease to receive an accurate diagnosis, care, and available therapy within one year of coming to medical attention.


  • When: 11 October 2017, 09:00-12:00 CET
  • Where: WHINN - Week of Health and Innovation, Forskerparken 10H, 5230 Odense M, Denmark

Apply to the IV Roadshow in Odense and snatch the opportunity to introduce your digital health solution in only 5 minutes! The pitches will be followed by questions and answers in which the members of the committee will give valuable feedback to your business case. The committee includes high-level stakeholders, e.g. from industry, university hospitals, investors and business development specialists in the healthcare sector.

Find out more on the eHealth Hub Website

The Lean Startup Academy is an opportunity to mature your business by systematically testing your ideas against the market with the support of experts. The course will help you to identify who your prioritary customers should be initially, what is the right value proposition for them and how to reach them.

The second Lean Startup Academy will support 10 European eHealth startups to improve their business model through an intensive programme delivered by experienced trainers.
This free-of-charge training will be delivered online during ten weeks, from September 25 to December 1, and in one live session on October 19 – October 20 from 9:00-18:00 at the eHealthForum Athens 2017.

Find out more on the eHealth Hub Website

This Call for Tenders was prepared to respond a request from the European Parliament to launch a Pilot Project to "bridge the knowledge gaps for advancing maternal immunisation in low-resource settings". The pilot project is financed by the EP budget with € 600.000, and it includes both a desk study and a field study component. The deadline for receipt of tenders is 15/09/2017.


Today the European Commission launches a public consultation on how Europe should promote digital innovation in health and care, for the benefits of citizens and health systems in Europe.

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.


IMI2 – Call 11 is a single-stage Call for proposals and includes one topic on the exploitation of IMI project results. It focuses in particular on the following IMI projects: EMTRAIN and PharmaTrain (both education and training), EUPATI (patient education), Open PHACTS (data management), RAPP-ID (infectious disease diagnostics), WEB-RADR (reporting of medicines side effects), and GetReal (incorporation of real world data into drug development).

IMI2 – Call 12 is a standard, two-stage Call for proposals and includes the following topics:

  • Development and validation of technology enabled, quantitative and sensitive measures of functional decline in people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease (RADAR-AD)
  • FAIRification of IMI and EFPIA data
  • Development of sensitive and validated clinical endpoints in primary Sjögren’s Syndrome (pSS)
  • European health data network (EHDN)
  • Analysing the infectious disease burden and the use of vaccines to improve healthy years in aging populations
  • Discovery and characterisation of blood-brain barrier targets and transport mechanisms for brain delivery of therapeutics to treat neurodegenerative & metabolic diseases
  • European Screening Centre: unique library for attractive biology (ESCulab)

Deadline for submitting proposals (both Calls): 24 October 2017

Find our more about the Calls on the IMI Website


HNN 2.0 will organize a training course on “Grant Preparation, Grant Management and Participant Portal Tools for Submission (SYGMA)” for Health NCPs. The training will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, from 20-21 September 2017.


Please note that this training is for Health NCPs only. If you are Health NCP, please login or create an account to register for this event.

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

  • 11.08.2017 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Making society more active through government policy

    Modern lifestyles can make it challenging to exercise daily. While doing more takes individual resolve, governments can lend a helping hand by building environments and by providing access to facilities that can help make physical activity part of the daily routine. The EU-funded REPOPA project took research about physical activity to real-life policymaking to make a more active society a reality.
  • 07.08.2017 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Insights tying bone cells to rheumatoid arthritis

    An EU-funded project has generated new insights into the causes and development of rheumatoid arthritis, directing efforts towards earlier detection, prevention and the idea of inducing tolerance to this chronic and debilitating disease. Follow-up reearch includes new studies to further explore this 'tolerance' challenge and progress on a new antibody detecting device.
  • 03.08.2017 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Giving MS sufferers a better quality of life

    Although significant progress has been made in recent years in developing medication that slows the progression of multiple sclerosis, there has been little effort to treat the daily symptoms of the disease. The EU-funded MS Fatigue_Therapy project is doing just this, measuring fatigue and investigating potential treatments.
  • 02.08.2017 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Cracking the shell secret to help shellfish farmers

    Shellfish are a significant source of food, yet we know very little about how they make their shells and how environmental factors affect them. The EU-funded CACHE project is finding out how shellfish produce their shells, how this production varies according to their environment, and what this means for the future of shellfish farming.
  • 01.08.2017 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Community engagement drives Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone

    To ensure the right person takes an Ebola trial vaccine at the right time in Sierra Leone, an EU-industry funded project is employing a combination of low-tech and high-tech community engagement strategies. Today, 450 adults and 96 adolescents are successfully enrolled in a two-stage vaccine trial.
  • 31.07.2017 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Using science to select prize pigs

    The EU-funded MARKTHEPIG project is using pioneering genetic research techniques to uncover why particular physical traits occur in certain pigs. The project is expected to advance precision livestock breeding techniques and could lead to a more profitable yet sustainable EU pig-breeding sector.
  • 27.07.2017 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Weighing the evidence: insights from European childhood obesity study

    Child obesity is not a challenge families can tackle on their own, say EU-funded researchers. Following a five-year study involving thousands of children, they conclude that governments must do more to help.
  • 26.07.2017 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Brain mapping techniques aim to improve epilepsy diagnoses

    Novel computing tools and advanced algorithms developed by EU-funded researchers are leading to next-generation electroencephalography technologies to help doctors map brain activity and diagnose disorders faster and more accurately.