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Innovative Medicines Initiative launches Call for proposals on flu vaccines


As the flu vaccination season gets underway, the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is launching today a Call for proposals for a project to improve the development of new, more effective flu vaccines. Every year, pharmaceutical companies develop vaccines designed to combat the strains of flu most likely to be circulating the following winter. A challenge in vaccine development is accurately assessing the level of protection offered by a new vaccine. The goal of this project will be to improve and standardise existing tests and develop new ones to improve the evaluation of new flu vaccines. The project will have a budget of €12.2 million, half of which will come from the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), and half of which will come from in kind contributions by the large pharmaceutical companies taking part in the project. For more information on the 10th Call for proposals, including details of how to apply, visit