Innovation is a broad concept at EU level: it can refer to the development of new products and processes, new ways of marketing, or an original approach to organisational methods. The European Commission recognises that supporting innovation can play an important role in delivering high quality and cost-effective public services, in creating jobs and in strengthening the European economy. To support this agenda the EU has reviewed its range of funding programmes.
EU funding programmes of interest to the NHS are:
There is also the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPAHA), which brings together key stakeholders to help improve the framework conditions for the uptake of innovation, leveraging financing and investments in innovation and improving coordination and coherence between funding for research and innovation at European, national and regional level in Europe.
New brochure showcases current EU funded e-Health projects
A new on-line publication from the European Commission presents an overview of European funded projects in the field of ICT for health and wellbeing. With details of projects on research, innovation and interoperability (systems and organisations working together), NHS organisations interested in EU funding for e-health will get an idea of the type of projects likely to receive funding and information on potential partners with experience of accessing EU funds.
Beginners guide to EU funding
For NHS organisations keen to find out more about the EU funding landscape, this self-help guide from the European Commission is a good place to start. Whether or not you have previously applied for EU funding, the publication provides information on the different types of funding available, practical tips on the application process, and links to detailed information about specific funding opportunities.