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First IHI draft call topics published

Cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases as well as health data and early feasibility studies are the focus of IHI’s first calls for proposals, which are due to be launched in June.

20 April 2022
A person using a laptop and taking notes. Image by mrmohock via Shutterstock
Image by mrmohock via Shutterstock

IHI plans to launch two calls for proposals at the same time – one single stage call, and one two stage call. The draft topic texts have been published on the future opportunities page of the website. The full list of topics under consideration for inclusion in the first calls is:

IHI call 1 (single stage call)

  • An innovative decision-support system for improved care pathways for patients with neurodegenerative diseases and comorbidities
  • Next generation imaging and image-guided diagnosis and therapy for cancer
  • Personalised oncology: Innovative people-centred, multi-modal therapies against cancer
  • Access and integration of heterogeneous health data for improved health care in diseases areas of high unmet public health need.

IHI call 2 (two stage call)

  • Cardiovascular diseases – improved prediction, prevention, diagnosis and monitoring
  • Setting a harmonised methodology to promote uptake of early feasibility studies for clinical and innovation excellence in the European Union

IHI is publishing the draft texts in advance of the official call launch to give potential applicants additional time to start building a consortium and drafting a proposal.

‘This first IHI calls for proposals represent an excellent opportunity for researchers, patients and all health stakeholders to get involved in exciting new projects that will transcend the boundaries of the different sectors active in health research and healthcare. We’re looking forward to officially launching these calls and getting our first IHI projects up and running.’

  - Dr Hugh Laverty, IHI Head of Scientific Operations

Currently, the draft topics are under consultation with IHI’s States Representatives Group and Science and Innovation Panel. It is therefore likely that the topics may change considerably between now and the call launch, and applicants should check the final, approved topic texts once the calls are launched.

The IHI Programme Office is planning webinars and a brokerage event around the time of the call launch to help applicants with the new IHI rules and procedures.

Important note: All information regarding future IHI call topics is indicative and subject to change. Final information about future IHI calls will be communicated after approval by the IHI Governing Board.