EIT Health pledges EUR 6 million to accelerate COVID-19 solutions

EIT Health pledges EUR 6 million to accelerate COVID-19 solutions

Funding will be distributed to 14 specially selected health innovation projects across Europe.

EIT Health has announced funding of over EUR 6 million in the fight against COVID-19, which will be dedicated to 14 specially selected health innovation projects across Europe. The projects will focus on immediate and impactful solutions that can be found to arm health services with better tools in navigating the pandemic. As a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the initiative from EIT Health actively contributes to the wider EU response to the crisis.

The projects will focus on immediate and effective solutions to arm health services with better tools to navigate the pandemic. As a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the initiative from EIT Health actively contributes to the wider EU response to the crisis.

Learn more about the EIT Health Community's work against COVID-19

In its ‘Rapid Response’ initiative, EIT Health evaluated existing budget provisions for planned projects in 2020 and were able to reallocate funds to support promising solutions that may assist in the fight against COVID-19. The 14 projects selected cover biotechnology, diagnostics, digital health and med tech, and will be run by 36 partners. The projects will work directly with healthcare services as part of the consortia so that the solutions can be built in line with clinical needs and implemented without delay.

We are proud of the fast and invaluable action taken by our employees, partners and wider network in response to the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has highlighted our vulnerability but it also allows us the opportunity to come together and collaborate to find new ways of strengthening our health systems and create solutions to better equip the healthcare professionals working tirelessly to get us through this extremely difficult time. The projects that we have selected all show great potential using the power of the EIT Health network to develop cutting edge solutions

Jan-Philipp Beck, CEO, EIT Health

The projects, which will all be completed by the end of 2020, focus on:

  • The creation of faster and more effective COVID-19 diagnostics
  • Clinical triaging solutions so that healthcare providers can identify patients who require care in hospital versus those who can be managed at home under remote supervision
  • Home monitoring solutions so that healthcare professionals can closely monitor patients outside of the hospital environment while quickly being able to detect deterioration or worsening of symptoms
  • Digital solutions for healthcare professional training and data resources to improve patient management, prognosis and outcomes
  • Data-powered initiatives to identify biomarkers associated with the progression of COVID-19 and treatment response at early stages of the disease
  • Measures to reduce shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitary products and medical supplies

We thank each and every one of our partners who submitted to our Rapid Response, we received a high volume of creative and innovative proposals focussing on impactful solutions across many areas of pandemic response. The projects have been selected based on their scientific and technological innovation, and address areas of immediate and high unmet need in relation to COVID-19. All projects demonstrated that their implementation could and would be rapid with the support of EIT Health, and that they could be scaled across multiple geographies ensuring that access for many European citizens can be front of mind. Our network means that we are ideally placed to support the collaboration of industry, research, academia, and, crucially, health service delivery (such as large hospitals across Europe), to put solutions in the hands of those who need them

Jorge Fernández García, Director of Innovation, EIT Health

The latest update from EIT Health comes following a number of COVID-19 related efforts from the health innovation network including:

  • Launch of a ‘Headstart’ call for European start-ups to apply for grants of EUR 50 000 to support the acceleration of COVID-19 related ideas
  • Launch of a ‘Making Connections’ platform via the EIT Health website which aims to support people working in COVID-19 related research, product development and front-line healthcare roles to share their on-the-ground needs and solutions and be linked with organisations across Europe and beyond who can help
  • Expansion of their European crowdfunding platform, Aescuvest, offering start-ups and research companies the opportunity to finance their COVID-19 project

Read more about the individual projects

See the EIT Community's response to COVID-19