Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

SC 1 Health, demographic change and wellbeing - Work Programmes 2016-2017 and 2018-2020

The two-year work programme 2016-2017 was published on 14 October 2015. It contains funding opportunities for health & well-being projects, taking into account the political priorities of the European Union for now and the future. An updated version, dated 9 March 2016, includes a topic addressing the urgent research gaps against the Zika virus and other emerging threats in Latin America. It was amended again in July 2016 to further precise two topics (PM-20-2017 and HCO-07-2017) and add a new topic (SC1-HCO-17-2017), which required further definition and debate in 2016.

The Work Programme 2016-2017 directly links with what has been successfully initiated in the years 2014-2015. The programme implements several research priorities with personalised medicine as the main overall objective: rare diseases, human bio-monitoring, mental health, comparative effectiveness research, advanced technologies, eHealth/mHealth, robotics, patient empowerment, active and healthy ageing, data security, big data, valorisation, anti-microbial resistance, infectious diseases including the development of vaccines, maternal and child health, and the silver economy.

In addition, the Pilot 1 'Smart Living Environments for Ageing Well' of the focus area call on 'Internet of Things' is jointly implemented by the "Health, Demographic Change and Well-being" Societal Challenge and the "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies Information and Communication Technologies" (ICT LEIT), while DS-03-2016 was relevant for the cooperation between Societal Challenges 1 and 7 under the Digital security focus area.

Demand-driven innovation in ICT for health and ICT for active and healthy ageing is covered by Pre-Commercial Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovative solutions.  In addition, targeted support will be given to innovative SMEs in the sector of healthcare biotechnology and of ICT solutions for health, well-being and ageing well. The Fast Track to Innovation is a fully bottom-up activity which is open to projects from the Societal Challenge 1. Prizes and grants were equally included.

The next Work Programme will cover the remaining three years of Horizon 2020, i.e. 2018-2020. Like it was done it the past consulting stakeholders has been an integral part of the programming process. Societal Challenge 1 particularly considers the following inputs:

  • Targeted consultation of stakeholders (closed on 15 July 016)

    A targeted consultation was launched on 8 June 2016 to more than 250 European level organisations active or relevant to the European Research Area in Health, Demographic Change and Well-being. Also the National Contact Points for the Societal Challenge were invited to organise a consultation at national level and feed-back to the Commission by 15 July 2016. On themes more relevant to information and communication technologies, active and healthy ageing, and eHealth/mHealth, the consultation has been enlarged to the wider public by opening access to a web-based form.

44 Stakeholders replied to the survey, with 40% of the replies coming from scientific associations in the area of health and care and 30% by patient or civil society organisations. Also comments were received from 19 Member States and Associated Countries. 42 additional comments were submitted through the web-based form for ICT-related themes.
 

  • Next Steps

Members of the SC1 Advisory Group summarised their conclusions on the received comments in the Annex to the Advisory Group report.

On that basis, the Commission will draft the 2018-2020 SC1 Work Programme, taking also into account the coverage of the Societal Challenge 1 in 2014-2017 and  the research agendas of its partnership activities [the European Joint Technology Initiative on Innovative Medicines (IMI-2), the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), the Joint Programming Initiative on Demographic Change (More Years, Better Lives), the European Developing countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the EIT-KIC Health and Active Ageing]-  to avoid overlaps and create synergies with the SC1 Work Programme.

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