MHEALTH – EC Consultation. Your chance to shape future developments

The European Commission has today launched a consultation on existing barriers and issues related to mobile health (mHealth) deployment.

mHealth is part of eHealth whereby Information and Communication Technologies are used to support medical and public health practice. The focus of mHealth is on support through mobile devices, such as mobile phones or personal digital assistants.

The Commission’s Green Paper on mHealth considers the potential of mHealth with respect to healthcare (e.g. through increased efficiency in delivering care and patient empowerment), as well as its market potential.

Stakeholder views are are sought on questions in the following areas:

  • data protection, including security of health data;
  • big data;
  • state of play on the applicable EU legal framework;
  • patient safety and transparency of information;
  • mHealth role in healthcare systems and equal access;
  • interoperability;
  • reimbursement models;
  • liability;
  • research and innovation in mHealth;
  • international co-operation;
  • access of web entrepreneurs to the mHealth market.

Alongside the Green Paper, the Commission has published a Staff Working Document which aims to give a non-exhaustive description of EU legislation applicable to lifestyle and wellbeing apps. Interested parties are invited to respond to the consultation by 3 July 2014.

mHealth in Horizon 2020
A number of mHealth-related projects received funding under FP7, including NEPHRON+, which looks at personalised treatment and management of patients with chronic renal failure, and REACTION, aimed at developing a platform to support improved long-term management of diabetes.

Funding for research in the area of mHealth is provided also under Horizon 2020, e.g. through topic PHC-26-2014 ‘Self-management of health and disease: citizen engagement and mHealth’ (budget: EUR 59.6 million) within the Societal Challenge on ‘Health, demographic change and wellbeing’.

See the website for the full UKRO article and links to relevant documents

Horizon 2020: ICT Related Event Presentations

UKRO have put together a PDF containing links to all the slides and other useful documents from recent ICT-related events for Horizon 2020.

You can access the document here: 140304_ict_events.pdf

Registration Open: Info Day on Horizon 2020 Secure Societies calls

This is to let you know that the registration is now open for the Secure Societies event taking place on 1 April in Brussels.

Register here

Places are limited to 300 and the registration will close when the participant number reaches this, so be quick if you’d like to attend! Further details are below.

The information day targets potential applicants to the first three calls for project proposals under the societal challenge ‘Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens’:

  • H2020-DRS-2014: Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change
  • H2020-FCT-2014 : Fight against crime and terrorism
  • H2020-BES-20014: Border Security and External Security

The submission of proposals to these calls will open on 25 March 2014 with the deadline of 28 August 2014.

Participants of the information day will receive detailed information about the calls and their legal and procedural rules, as well as practical information on the new proposal submission system and an overview of the new features of Horizon 2020. Potential applicants will have the opportunity to present their project ideas and exchange views at the brokerage and networking sessions.

Registration for the event is free, and compulsory if you want to attend. Travel and subsistence costs should be covered by the participants.

More about the Secure Societies challenge and the calls

The Secure Societies challenge aims to protect the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens. Its objective is to foster secure European societies in a context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies and threats, while strengthening the European culture of freedom and justice. The indicative budget of the programme will reach €1,694 million over the duration of Horizon 2020 (2014-20).
Three calls for project proposals are currently open under this challenge and will be presented at the event:

Call H2020-DRS-2014 ‘Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change’ (€ 65.4 million) is designed for actions to reduce the loss of human life, environmental, economic and material damage from natural and man-made disasters, including extreme weather events, crime and terrorist threats.

Call H2020-FCT-2014 ‘Fight against crime and terrorism’ (€ 34.81 million) aims both to avoid an incident and to mitigate its potential consequences. This requires new technologies and capabilities for fighting and preventing crime (including cyber-crime), illegal trafficking and terrorism (including cyber-terrorism), as well as understanding and tackling terrorist ideas and beliefs to avoid aviation related threats.
Call H2020-BES-2014 ‘Border Security and External Security’ (€ 40.78 million) targets the development of both the technologies and the capabilities for rapid identification, to improve border security, and to support the Union’s external security policies in civilian tasks.

The Secure Societies challenge is part of Horizon 2020, the EU’s new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The aforementioned calls are managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA).

Browse the REA’s ‘Breakthroughs’ section for a selection of featured projects in Security Research funded under the 7th Framework Programme (2007-13). They include OPTIX (detecting explosives at a distance), ESS (minimizing damage in air crash aftermath) and Shiparrestor (improving the efficiency of marine rescue and recovery operations).

Useful Horizon 2020 Advice from UKRO

If you haven’t signed up for a (free!) UKRO account yet, then you are missing out! The following is a list of useful links to advice on Horizon 2020 from UKRO and can only be accessed by subscribers.

ERC: Starting Grant Event Presentation
ERC: Successes in FP7 and Challenges for Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020: Advice on Application Forms
Horizon 2020: Commission Guidance for Applicants
Horizon 2020: Feedback and Presentations from Digital Security Information Day
Horizon 2020: Presentations from Future and Emerging Technologies Information Day
Horizon 2020: Presentation from events on ITN and RISE

ERC Update on Call Schedule

ERC LogoTo update the information already published on 18 April 2013, the ERC Scientific Council have disclosed some supplementary information.

The following updated calendar represents the latest planning, but may be subject to change in future, for example, if there are delays in the legislative process. It is therefore provided by the ERC Scientific Council on a purely indicative basis:


  • Expected publication of the provisional schedule for the new calls (ERC Work Programme 2014): December 2013
  • Likely submission deadlines of new ERC calls throughout 2014:
  • No calls for Synergy grants in 2014
  • Starting grants;  end of March 2014
  • Consolidator grants; end of May 2014
  • Advanced grants; end of October 2014
  • Proof of Concept grants (one call with two deadlines in 2014); likely to close beginning of April 2014 and beginning of October 2014

A more detailed calendar will be communicated as soon as the ‘Horizon 2020’ programme (and the ERC annual work programme 2014) will be finally adopted.

The ERC will do its utmost to make the transition between the old and the new framework programmes as smooth as possible and to provide the necessary continuity for the research community.

No further information is available at this stage regarding the calendar, the budget or the rules of the next calls for proposals. Stay informed on the ERC website and on the Participant Portal, or sign up for the ERC News Alerts.