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Personalising health and care

H2020-PHC-2015-single-stageSub call of: H2020-PHC-2014-2015
Opening Date 30-07-2014 Deadline Date 21-04-2015 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €104,500,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Open Main Pillar Societal Challenges
OJ reference OJ C 361 of 11 December 2013

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

Specific challenge: Empowering citizens and patients to manage their own health and disease can result in more cost-effective healthcare systems by enabling the management of chronic diseases outside institutions, improving health outcomes, and by encouraging healthy citizens to remain so. Several clinical situations would be prevented or better monitored and managed with the participation of the patient him or herself. Care sciences may complement the medical perspective without increasing the cost.

This requires research into socio-economic and environmental factors and cultural values, behavioural and social models, attitudes and aspirations in relation to personalised health technologies, mobile and/or portable and other new tools, co-operative ICTs, new diagnostics, sensors and devices (including software) for monitoring and personalised services and interventions which promote a healthy lifestyle, wellbeing, mental health, prevention and self-care, improved citizen/healthcare professional interaction and personalised programmes for disease management.

Support for knowledge infrastructures is also required. Implementation of programs or applications for different target populations to capture gender- and age-dependent differences in health, behaviour and handling of devices is encouraged.

This topic is a continuation of PHC 26 – 2014) giving more and different opportunities to develop solutions and services for self-management of health and diseases.

Scope: 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[1].

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.

Expected impact:

  • Improving the participation of the patient in the care process.
  • Improving the management of a disease by reducing the number of severe episodes and complications.
  • Increasing the level of education and adherence of individuals, patients and care givers related to application of ICT for personalised care.
  • Improved interaction between patients, their relatives, providers of health-, social-, and informal care givers.
  • Strengthened evidence base on health outcomes, quality of life, care efficiency gains and economic benefits from the use of ICT in new care models.
  • Reinforced medical knowledge with respect to efficient management of comorbidities.
  • Increased confidence in decision support systems for disease/patient management.
  • Involvement of health care providers/authorities with increased commitment in the deployment of innovative services empowering the patient.

Type of action: Pre-commercial procurement co-fund actions.

[1] FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME;eSeventh Framework Programme_SESSION_ID=QJb3S2ZR4c5R8YGRdcXg6sMvRGhp5MnfdJ6hwS2s2Zdph80JKMYL!1216744746?callIdentifier=SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME-ICT-2013-10&specificProgram=COOPERATION#wlp_call_SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    In recognition of the opening of the US National Institutes of Health’s programmes to European researchers, any legal entity established in the United States of America is eligible to receive Union funding to support its participation in projects supported under all topics in calls under the Societal Challenge ‘Health, demographic change and well-being’. 
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process
  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of the evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) Cofund:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement
    Specific requirements for innovation procurement supported by Horizon 2020 grants (PCP, PPI)
  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information
  8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.
  9. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Specific FAQ on this topic
    FAQ on all topics of this call


Additional documents

You can download the same documents as one zip file from the call page

  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 8. Health, demographic change and wellbeing en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • General Frequently Asked Questions (DG RTD) on all topics en
  • Evaluation form for H2020-PHC-2015-single-stage-topics-9-15-21-25-28-30 en
  • A guide to ICT-related activities in WP2014-15 en

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Type of Action COFUND (PCP) [COFUND-PCP]
Topic Self-management of health and disease and patient empowerment supported by ICT - PHC-27-2015

Guidance on proposal submission: H2020 online manual
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