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EIT Digital pilots COVID-19 tracing with physical tokens

EIT Digital partners in four European regions are testing the application of COVID-19 tracing with physical tokens in real-life settings addressing events and situations crucial for opening essential parts of Europe’s economy.

Football stadiums, hospitals, high schools, factories, concerts and opera houses are among the settings for testing the practical use of physical tokens to trace contagion and spread of COVID-19.


EIT Crisis Response Initiative Budget: EUR 400 000

Innovation: SARA is a smart healthcare robot that provides three main functionalities: (1) Improving quality of life through stimulating caretakers’ mind and body and providing relaxation, (2) Decreasing workload of caretakers by taking over mundane tasks to allow caregivers to spend their time where it matters most, (3) Help contain COVID-19 disease by assisting with existing and new tasks that would otherwise extra precious human resources.

PlasmonDetect: A Novel Plasmonic Strand-Displacement Amplification Assay for Rapid Detection of COVID-19

PlasmonDetect was awarded EUR 496 012 from the EIT Crisis Response Initiative Budget.

The challenge

The current standard approach for COVID-19 detection recommended by the World Health Organisation requires well-equipped laboratory facilities, highly skilled technologists and a wait for results. Due to infrastructure limitations and supply shortages, the amount of testing that can be done through this method does not come close to meeting the growing demand for COVID-19 diagnostics.

Digital Control Centre for COVID-19

EIT Crisis Response Initiative Budget: EUR 553 750

Partners: Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (ES), Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam (NL) , Fundació Clinic per a la Recerca Biomèdica (ES), Institut Català de la Salut (ES), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE), Fundació Institut d’Investigació en Ciències de la Salut Germans Trias i Pujol (ES), Fundació Docència i Recerca Mutua de Terrassa (ES)

COVID19 BEAMitup (Diagnostic test SARS-CoV-2 and surrogate biological standard for sanitization validation

EIT Crisis Response Initiative Budget: EUR 792 208

Partners: SwissDeCode (CH), University of Helsinki (FI), IATA CSIC (ES), Microbion (IT), Eurofins (FR)

Innovation: Project BEAMitup aims at providing a tool to evaluate hygiene in food-related environments, by validating if a rapid test used for bacteria can be adapted to the detection of viruses on surfaces. For this a platform will be developed to help food companies to quickly detect the presence of Coronavirus on food processing surfaces.

EIT Digital Master students secure EUR 500k funding

EIT Digital Master School students will bring to market a COVID-19 solution with support from EIT Digital, the European innovation organisation. 

The solution, a 3D printed remote monitoring device can measure vital signs of corona patients which enables nurses to safely monitor multiple patients at the same time. The support entails a total investment of EUR 500 000 coming from EIT Digital and partners.


EIT Crisis Response Initiative Budget: EUR: 466 200

Innovation: NapiFeryn extracts protein from rapeseed oil production waste streams, providing a sustainable alternative to animal-derived proteins. The protein is as nutritional as plant-based market leader soy, creating a product that is more sustainable and affordable for consumers.


EIT Crisis Response Initiative Budget: EUR 476 300

Innovation: Antofénol is a French biotechnology company dedicated to the development of a sustainable and healthy replacement for chemical preservatives on fruit and vegetables, which are used to extend shelf life and preserve quality.