Horizon 2020 ICT for Health Open Calls

European CommissionA series of calls in Horizon 2020 under Societal Challenge "Health, demographic change and wellbeing" with relevance to ICT for Health (eHealth) are now open: PHC-21-2015, PHC-25-2015, PHC-27-2015, PHC-28-2015, PHC-29-2015, PHC-30-2015.

PHC-21-2015: Advancing active and healthy ageing with ICT: Early risk detection and intervention

Proposals should focus on early risk detection and intervention: specifically ICT based solutions which support active and healthy ageing by enabling early detection and minimisation of risks associated with ageing, including (but not limited to) cognitive impairment, frailty, depression and falls.

Proposals should demonstrate the link between changes in behaviour and subsequent negative consequences of ageing by unobtrusive behavioural sensing, and large scale collection of data readily available in the daily living environment of older individuals.

Proposals should also design ICT based interventions countering identified risks, as well as innovative treatments and therapies based on early detection.

Proposals should build on multi-disciplinary research involving behavioural, sociological, health and other relevant disciplines, and on stakeholder engagement in order to be driven by relevant user needs to ensure end-user acceptance (including gender aspects). Full account should be taken of relevant data protection aspects.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 and 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Deadline Date: 21-04-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

Topic Conditions, Documents and Submission Service:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2268-phc-21-2015.html

PHC-25-2015: Advanced ICT systems and services for integrated care

Proposals should go beyond the current state of art in tele-health and tele-care systems by developing new approaches for integrated care supported by ICT systems and services. Proposals should address barriers from technological, social and organisational points of view in the following domains:
  • Development of robust, privacy compliant, accurate and cost-effective systems that facilitate monitoring of patient status, patient activity and compliance with therapy;
  • Fusion, analysis and interpretation of patient and care provider data, to improve decision making among formal and informal care givers and patients;
  • Multi-channel and multi-actor interaction and exchange of knowledge in integrated care settings, across digital collaborative platforms;
  • Development of patient-oriented services to support patient empowerment, self-care, adherence to care plans and treatment at the point of need;
  • Development of new patient pathways, new training programmes for the care workforce and new organisational models to improve the coordination of care services as well as the skills and collaboration of health professionals, social carers and informal care givers;
  • Personalisation of care management programmes to specific characteristics of patients' profiles, through analysis of multimodal data, risk stratification algorithms for chronic diseases and multi-morbidity conditions, predictive algorithms of patient's status, and personalisation tools for patients and;
  • The creation of new knowledge for the management of co-morbidities and for addressing poly-pharmacy.

The design process of such ICT systems and services should entail participation of a wide range of users, developers and stakeholders, including medical doctors, nurses, social workers, patients as well as programmers and interaction designers. Gender and ethical issues should be paid due attention. Validation should provide proof-of-concept with both qualitative parameters and quantitative success measures.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 and 5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts

Deadline Date: 21-04-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

Topic Conditions, Documents and Submission Service:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2269-phc-25-2015.html

PHC-27-2015: Self-management of health and disease and patient empowerment supported by ICT

Solutions should be developed and tested with the use of open innovation platforms such as large scale demonstrators for health and service innovation. Gender and ethical issues should be duly considered. Proposals should involve health procurers and support them in their efforts to lower costs, and reduce difficulties associated with limited numbers of health professionals by utilising the capacity and potential of the patient as a co-producer of health. Proposals should use pre-commercial procurement to maximise the engagement of innovation in healthcare organisations following the community building and road-mapping activity in the seventh framework programme call 10 CSA on innovation in health procurement.

Proposals should aim to empower patients to manage their pre-existing conditions. Health management will be addressed holistically, including healthy lifestyle interlinked with disease management, placing the patient in the centre and putting increased emphasis on health education, secondary prevention and self-management of individual conditions, including co-morbidities.

Proposals should address all of the following elements a) personalised guidance to patients based on their profiles and the use of wearable/portable devices and improved individual/healthcare-professional interaction, b) engagement of patients as active members in managing their diseases, in particular addressing chronic diseases, co-morbidities, treatment adherence, rehabilitation, self-diagnostics and self-care and c) decision support systems interoperable and/or maintaining integrity with electronic health records.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 and 5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Deadline Date: 21-04-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

Topic Conditions, Documents and Submission Service:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2270-phc-27-2015.html

PHC-28-2015: Self management of health and disease and decision support systems based on predictive computer modelling used by the patient him or herself

Proposals should focus on predictive systems based on computer modelling and will develop decision support systems (DSS) that will be used by the individual. The DSS should include the collection of various data (patient, clinical, biological, therapeutic, behavioural, environmental or occupational exposure, physical training and performance, lifestyle and diet, environmental data, social data etc.). Connected existing predictive models should process these data in real-time to predict how the health of the patient will evolve in the near future and such predictions, accompanied with all relevant information regarding their uncertainties and limits should be used by the patient / citizen him or herself for self-management of health and wellbeing. These DSS may also help to improve interactions between individuals / health professionals and co-decision making in healthcare. Proposals may also include combination with monitoring personal health systems and other technologies and sources of data, as e.g., tools for data collection on external factors potentially linked to disease. Gender and ethical issues should be duly considered.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 and 5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Deadline Date: 21-04-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

Topic Conditions, Documents and Submission Service:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2271-phc-28-2015.html

PHC-29-2015: Public procurement of innovative eHealth services

The proposals should improve sustainable deployment of new or improved services by healthcare service procurers in line with the eHealth Action Plan[1]. Examples of target outcomes for healthcare delivery may include addressing early hospital discharge, delivery of healthcare in remote, sparsely populated and difficult to access regions, eHealth services for mobile EU patients, and pre/post operation care outside the hospital environment.

The scope of the PPI pilot(s) is to specify, purchase and deploy ICT based solutions which can deliver sustainable, new or improved healthcare services and improve the ecosystem in which procurement approaches for innovative healthcare solutions are successfully applied.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 and 5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Deadline Date: 21-04-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

Topic Conditions, Documents and Submission Service:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2272-phc-29-2015.html

PHC-30-2015: Digital representation of health data to improve disease diagnosis and treatment

Proposals should focus on new decision support systems (DSS) based on a complex integration of heterogeneous data sources and subject-specific computer models. This should enable an integrated data analysis, and should present a highly visual data representation, using user-friendly interactive exploratory interfaces in order to assure usability and acceptability.

Proposals should enable the use of DSS by healthcare professionals for personalised prediction and decision in prevention, diagnosis or treatment and should take into account data protection and ethical considerations, as well as those pertaining to the inherent uncertainties and limits of prediction. The models should be already available, multi-level and multi-scale and will be integrated with the individual and population data relevant for the targeted clinical situations, e.g. the required molecular and cellular data, including genomics and epi-genomics, in vivo and in vitro imaging data, or data on administration of therapeutics and on nutrition/exposure to environmental factors and will be linked when relevant with computer models of personalised physiology, functional disorders and other diseases. The proposed systems should take advantage of the personal medical data accumulated over time. Proposals should include the standardisation of data formats. The integration of data coming from other new technologies for e.g. key-enabling technologies should be considered. Gender and ethical issues should be duly considered.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 and 5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Deadline Date: 21-04-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

Topic Conditions, Documents and Submission Service:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2273-phc-30-2015.html

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