Overview

Career Stage(s): Established Researcher, Leading Researcher,

Funding Type(s): Business Collaboration, Support for knowledge transfer & innovation,

Deadline: 30-06-2021 11:00 CET (pre-proposal)

Deadline: 15-10-2021 11:00 CET (invited full proposals)

Call launch: 4 May 2021 ('ideation' stage open now)

PROGRAMMME SUMMARY

The Ministry of the Economy, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and Luxinnovation have joined forces to offer a new funding opportunity to companies, research and healthcare organisations looking to work together to evaluate the relevance and benefits of digital health technologies.

Goal of the Call is the development and validation of innovative digital health solutions benefiting the national healthcare system (patients, healthcare professionals, and/or payers).

CALL TOPIC

Use of digital tools and the power of data analytics to improve prevention, diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of health conditions.

Products to be developed through this call must be innovative digital health solutions for human use that (1) are already at prototype stage and (2) are to be regulated by the medical device regulation (MDR)[2] or in-vitro medical device regulation (IVDR)[3]. (Examples: medical software, regulated apps, connected medical devices).

In line with national priorities, consortia will have to align to the following approaches:

Innovative clinical investigations

Centered on taking the current state of the art in clinical trials and refining their design and implementation though innovative means such as digital tools, smart wearables and sensors, electronic medical record analysis, and other precision medicine approaches. These clinical trials should bring added value to patients.

Multifactorial intervention strategies

Focused on designing and testing interventions that are not molecular in nature, for example through lifestyle and digital means. The goal is to improve health through innovative, participatory, and personalised intervention strategies, resulting in health-associated impact through interdisciplinary research.

FUNDING

  • Consortia are expected to include at least one participating company and one participating research organisation or hospital. An ideal consortium would have as close to an equal contribution between private and public parties as feasible, but at a maximum no party shall bear more than 70% of the total project costs.
  • FNR will fund the costs of the accredited research organisations in Luxembourg, up to 700.000 EUR per project covering all project specific costs.
  • The Ministry of the Economy will co-finance costs borne by Luxembourg eligible companies up to 700.000 EUR per project, using the R&D aid scheme. It is expected that projects shall be considered as experimental developments. In this case, maxima co-funding rates are as follows:
  • Small enterprise: 60%; Medium enterprise: 50%; Large enterprise: 40%.
  • Costs related to patents and certifications are only eligible for SMEs and will be co-funded up to 50% under the Innovation Aid for SMEs funding scheme.
  • Self-funded international consortium partners are permitted to participate in the consortium.

DURATION

Project durations are targeted for a 24 to 30 month period, with a 6 month extension to be requested if needed.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Call process & timeline

  • Stage 1: Short proposal to be submitted (between 4 May and 30 June 2021, 11:00 CET)
  • Stage 2: Full proposal to be submitted by each project participant (deadline 15 October 2021, 11:00 CET) either to the Ministry of the Economy for companies, or to FNR (through our Online Submission System) for accredited research organisations. The deliverable of the platform www.research-collaboration.lu will be a technical annex that will be appended to the aid/research project application.
  • The results will be communicated in January 2022 and projects can start in February 2022.
  • Projects have to be in line with the call topic.
  • Companies must fulfil the criteria set out in the R&D aid scheme
  • Research organisations must be eligible for funding with the FNR
  • List of (currently) eligible research organisations: University of Luxembourg, LIH, LIST, LISER, CHL, LIROMS, Hellef doheem, CHEM, Cardiolinc, Alzheimer Europe, Rehazenter

Related news

MECO-FNR-Luxinnovation joint Healthtech Call

Minister of the Economy Franz Fayot has announced a first call for projects in the field of health technologies, launched jointly with the FNR and supported by Luxinnovation. The Call is open to companies as well as research and healthcare organisations.

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