IDIBAPS hosts the conference "Strategy in Horizon 2020- Social Challenge 1: Health, demographic change and well-being"

On Monday June 8, nearly 100 representatives of companies, research institutions, hospitals, universities and health sector administrations attended the conference Horizon 2020 Strategy - Health; Reto Social 1 "Health, Demographic Change and wellness".  With the aim to discuss about the strategy and the current and future and positioning around the Social Challenge 1in the Horizon 2020 programme, there were also presented other funding opportunities under the same programme for Health sector entities or other related institutions. The Centre for theDevelopment of Industrial Technology (CDTI), IDIBAPS together with both ACCIO and AGAUR from the Catalan Government, organizedtheconferencewithin the framework  of the Health Connect-EU Group.

Cristina Borras, Director of  Internationalization at AGAUR, and Pastora Martínez, Manager of IDIBAPS, welcomed the attendees highlighting, first, data on the Catalan participation in previous framework programme and, secondly, the profile of those attending the conference as well as its experience in Horizon 2020.

After the welcome, Marta Gómez Quintanilla (CDTI), Spanish representative in the program committee of the European Commission's Social Challenge 1 and the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), presented the European landscape of health, the several existing funding opportunities, such as IMI2 programme, the expected timeline for 2016-2017 calls and the importance of influencing the definition of the European priorities.

David Rovirosa, Head of R&D International Innovation at ACCIÓ, presented the two instruments of the RIS3Cat (Catalonia’s Smart Specialisation Strategy) that will be managed from his agency: RIS3Cat Communities and Nuclis d’Innovació Tecnològica. These regional schemesreceive funding from the European structural funds FEDER. He also introduced the support options offered by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) to Catalan Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to have access to international business opportunities and funding programs for R&D in Europe.

Attendees had the opportunity to exchange opinions and clarify doubts with both Marta Gómez Quintanilla and David Rovirosa. With this conference, it is expected that the participating institutions will develop a better strategy for their participation in European health calls to obtain greater success in attracting resources from the European Commission.

This conference has been supported by the SIMPACT project, funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO).

Conference presentations: