EIT call for proposals for the 2018 Business plan


Unlike previous years, all of the Pillars – Innovation, Education and Accelerator – are calling for proposal at the same time which is very helpful as there was a lot of confusion before. The call for proposals can be accessed by clicking here (apologies that it is 50 pages but there is a useful summary on page 5), the deadline is 12 April 2017.

Projects will need partners from at least two CLCs and those who are considering or preparing proposals can find partners for them at the Matchmaking Event, running 1-3 February in Uppsala. Detailed data in the registration site allows participants to outline the plans they want to discuss, and the kind of partners they are looking for, so they can set up meaningful connections and schedule fruitful meetings well before the event. Paddie and Karen are planning to attend and would like to take ideas from WM partners with them – please use that template (overleaf and attached) to describe your idea and the type of collaborators you are seeking and send it to us by 30th January 2017. The more detail we have, the better job we can do finding partners for you. If you would like to attend the event, please let us know and we will forward the registration information – we are choosing to ignore the limit on numbers that was imposed for the Innovation Summit and about which we have complained!

To note:
In a recent presentation by Sylvie Bove, CEO of EIT Health a paucity of projects looking at wellbeing, disease prevention and workplace interventions was highlighted. Given our region’s strengths, it may we worth considering some projects in these areas.

Paddie is particularly keen to work up a project on citizens as knowledge brokers and innovation champions which will address the somewhat superficial engagement with citizens to date. This is only an emerging idea so she would welcome input from partners around the region.

The new Wild Card Innovation Projects will have a separate call in early 2017 but will be subject to the same deadline (12/4/17). We do not yet know the subject areas covered but will advise you as soon as we know.

For more information please contact Paddie Murphy on email paddie.murphy@wmahsn.org.