EIT Health Germany

Innovation Projects –
ideas turn into products and services

Innovation projects are thematically addressing the greatest societal health challenges that EIT Health intends to address with its strong network. The aim is to achieve rapid market penetration of innovative projects and services and to test and implement novel organizational provision processes in European healthcare.

The most promising ideas are developed through a multidisciplinary approach involving commercial, medical, IT and other knowledge areas into commercially viable products.


Our current Innovations Projects at a glance

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More information on iPDM-GO can be found on this  website .



Diabetes mellitus represents a major and multi-dimensional challenge for humanity. In 2017, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimated that there are approximately 425 million people with diabetes worldwide, and their numbers continue to rise. Therefore, providing cost-effective healthcare services tailored to the individual needs and needs of each patient is crucial.

Integrated Personalized Diabetes Management Goes Europe (iPDM-GO) is committed to solving this problem. It is a therapeutic approach that structures the treatment process, connects HCPs and patients, and integrates digital data visualization and analysis tools.

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ADAPT – Airway Disease Analysis and Prevention

Inflammatory respiratory diseases are often diagnosed too late. Every year, respiratory diseases in the EU are responsible for 600,000 deaths and 6 million hospital visits, as well as social costs of 200 billion euros. ADAPT combines two innovations to develop a novel diagnostic kit that allows earlier and more accurate assessment of inflammatory airways disease, allowing better intervention and personalized treatment.

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ASSES – Retinal Phase Contrast Imaging for Early Diagnosis

More than 28 million people in Europe are visually impaired due to retinal diseases. The current diagnosis is based on the identification of a large-scale change in the retina, which is usually recognized by conventional ophthalmological instruments only when the patient has already suffered irreversible vision loss. ASSESS is developing a revolutionary system that enables rapid, non-invasive imaging of patients’ retinal cells. Early diagnosis of retinal diseases, one of the main causes of blindness, can improve the treatment and increase the chances of prevention.

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External Project Partner:
Trier University of Applied Sciences


CLAIRE develops an “Alexa with a PhD”, an innovative virtual healthcare assistant to address one of the main challenges in today’s intensive care units: Medical knowledge and data increases each day – doctors and nurses spend 50% of their day in front of computer screens instead of interacting with the patients. CLAIRE ‘s virtual medical assistant combines state-of-the-art advances of Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence with an intuitive human interface to support doctors and nurses at the Intensive Care Unit with documentation, disease detection and accurate, evidence- based treatment.

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More information on CLOSE can be found on this website .

CLOSE – Automated Glucose Control at Home for People with Chronic Disease

Automated Insulin Delivery also known as artificial pancreas (AP) is approaching a “technical cure” for diabetes. CLOSE is putting the AP in the center of comprehensive product and service packages (APplus) for persons with type 2 diabetes, complementing the device by offering obligatory trainings as well as telemedicine consultations on demand. Outcome predictors and performance indicators shall help to identify people who could most benefit from AP usage and facilitate the measurement of AP impact in diabetes care. Using a co-creation approach, CLOSE is going to develop superior risk-benefit and cost-benefit scenarios for AP operation in type 2 diabetes, thereby achieving positive acceptance by users and caregivers and a high eligibility for reimbursement. Following the initial launch of APplus in France CLOSE will scale up the business along the lines of geography, target groups, AP enhancement and care environments.

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Flu diagnosis – Transforming influenza management in Europe

This project aims to improve the inefficient influenza care pathway and overcome additional post approval obstacles hindering widespread adoption of a new solution. An unique (cobas® Liat®) laboratory-based testing methodology into an easy-to-use and compact solution to allow medical care at the “bedside” for patients at risk of influenza (“flu”). The addition of the Liat® to the clinical pathway will reduce hospital admissions and potentially the rate of transmission of the disease, unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for viral infection and flu-associated morbidity and mortality from secondary bacterial infections.The project will generate the clinical and economic evidence necessary to support decision-making and expanded rollout of the technology, in order to rapidly accelerate access to the latest diagnostic technology and improve flu-related outcomes for patients.

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More information on FRAIL can be found on this  website

FRAIL – Frailty Assessment in Daily Living

The identification and assessment of frailty in the treatment of the elderly is essential to tailoring geriatric interventions to the needs of individuals. The currently available instruments for assessing individual frailty, which require time-consuming screening processes, are difficult to apply in primary care. FRAIL is a smartwatch app development project that supports older people who are in a frail state. The app monitors falls, physical activity and disruption of routine activities to detect the onset of frailty and avoid its consequences on the wearer.

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HomeCare @ COPD RAS-Q: Bringing Care Home for COPD Patients

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive, life-threatening lung disease characterized by respiratory distress and coughing. There are 250 million COPD patients worldwide, and it is the fourth most common cause of death, responsible for 3 million deaths per year. HomeCare @ COPD will enhance intensive care at home for people with lung disease by providing patients with insight into RAS-Q, the so-called “Lung In A Backpack” – the world’s first portable ventilation device for long-term COPD treatment, that was developed with support of EIT Health.

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MARNIE – Merging Augmented Reality and Neurostimulation to improve Enacting

Each year, more than 1 million EU citizens suffer from a stroke, and up to 30% suffer from homonymous hemianopia (HH), a complex visuomotor deficit caused by a stroke in the visual cortex and associated with the loss of a visual half-field . MARNIE helps treat visuomotor deficiencies that cause problems with eye-hand coordination in patients after a stroke. A new therapy is used that combines augmented reality goggles with low-power stimulation of the skull to train the brain.

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NEOSPECT -Adoptive transfer of neoantigen-specific T cells

Over the last decade, groundbreaking research into understanding the immune system and unlocking its anti-tumor potential has led to adoptive cell therapies with the potential to eliminate tumors that resist conventional and targeted therapies. It has been demonstrated that T cell responses to mutated peptide ligands that serve as neoantigens on cancer cells mediate anti-tumor responses. NEOSPECT will revolutionize cancer treatment by combining two novel clinical concepts: adoptive cell therapy and the targeted treatment of tumor-specific neoantigens. This combination will allow patient-specific T cell products to be clinically produced in a cost-effective, safe and automated process.

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SEIZEIT2 -Discrete Personalized Epileptic Seizure Detection Device

More than 50 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological diseases worldwide. Inaccurate seizure messages pose a major challenge to diagnosing and treating people with epilepsy. SeizeIT2 is a clinically accurate seizure detection system for people with epilepsy. This discrete portable device monitors multiple biosignals to provide a more accurate quantitative analysis of seizure activity so that people with epilepsy can receive optimized treatment for their specific condition.

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More information on RealWorld4Clinic can be found on this website .

Listening to the gut – RealWorld4Clinic

Affairs around the effectiveness, costs & market availability of drugs challenge the public confidence in pharma industry and treatments and impact healthcare sustainability. A key underlying cause is the limited usage of real-world information in both drug development and disease management. The shortage of real-world data limits the predictive power of clinical trials and the prevention of emergency hopsitalization in heart failure management.

RealWorld4Clinic will accelerate market launch of MyHeartSentinel – a coin-sized medical device anchored to the fundus of the stomach. There it acquires real-life cardio-respiratory health data for exploitation in drug development and tele-cardiology. The device will be enriched by patforms for patient communication and personal data lifecycle management. RealWorld4Clinic initially targets the clinical trial market which is considered the stepping stone towards outpatient cardiological care – the RealWorld4Clinic priority market.

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R2U-POC-Tox – Ready-to-use point-of-care toxicity assay

Drug-induced cardiac and neuronal toxicities represent major complications in the daily clinical routine and are the major cause for attrition during early drug development and post market withdrawal. Since conventional drug screenings rely on in vivo and in vitro animal models with limited translational capacity, there is an urgent need for translational assays, which are able to predict drug-induced toxicities in humans in a robust and reliable manner. The R2U Tox Assay project aims to push the limits of medical care with an innovative approach that will strengthen the healthcare system as a whole.The reliable detection of drug-induced toxicities with high-quality, ready-to-use toxicity assays at a moderate price will have an immediate impact on the patient’s health by averting potentially fatal and costly side effects.

Open calls: 

There are currently no open calls. The Business Plan 2021 Call ended on July 8th, 2020.

FAQs for Partners

Do you have any questions about the current EIT Health Business Plan, the application, training or deadlines? Here you will find answers to the most important questions about your partnership with EIT Health Germany.

What are the goals of Innovation Projects?

Innovation Projects aim at (1) the rapid market penetration of innovative products and services, and / or (2) the testing and implementation of novel organizational and healthcare delivery processes . 

What is the maximum funding cap per Innovation Project?

The maximum EIT available funding is € 1 million per year per project for a maximum duration of 36 months. 

The maximum EIT available funding is €1 million per year per project for a maximum duration of 36 months.

EIT Health Innovation Projects support innovative approaches in biotech, medtech and digital health that have left the phase of ground research and heading towards market approval and first customers.  

As a support, we recommend making use of the CIMIT Innovation Maturity Level (IML) that measures the maturity of an innovation on four dimensions:  

  • Technology 
  • Regulatory 
  • Market / business 
  • Clinical validation 

Ideally, you should have reached a “proof of concept” level for all four dimensions. Find further information here: https://cimit.org/documents/173804/228699/Navigating+the+HealthTech+Innovation+Cycle.pdf/2257c90b-d90b-3b78-6dc9-745db401fbc6?version=1.0  


How many partners do I need to build an eligible consortium?

All innovation project proposals must involve Core or Associate Partners from a minimum of two CLC / InnoStars . The consortium must i nclude at least one academic and one non-academic Core or Associate Partner, ie one partner of the type “Education” or “Research” and one of any other type. 


Where can I find a list of EIT Health partners and an overview of partner types?

You will find a list here: www.eithealth.eu/partners  

What if I would like to collaborate with an organization that is not (yet) partner of EIT Health?

You can include External Project Partners that are not EIT Health Core or Associate Partners , eg start-ups and SMEs. The maximum funding for External Project Partners is 50,000 EUR / year. 

What is the financing model of a project?

For an EIT Health Innovation Project, you will be able to incur (pre) existing costs of the development of your innovation. These costs are called “KIC complementary activities (KCA)”. The funding ratio for 25% EIT funding (= “KIC Added-Value Activity (KAVA)”) versus 75% funding of other resources (eg other public grants, in- house resources etc.). In general, EIT accepts costs from 2015 and / or in parallel to the duration of the project.  

Example: If you ask for 3M € EIT funding for your Innovation Project, you will have to demonstrate 9M € costs covered by other resources.  

Where do I submit my proposal?

All proposals need to be submitted on the EIT Health online platform PLAZA: www.plaza.eithealth.eu  

Please make sure that all your consortium partners have individual PLAZA accounts. You will need to add them to the work packages and budget lines in the proposal. Otherwise they will not be able to receive EIT funding.  

How much time should I spend to finalize my proposal in PLAZA?

If you are a newbie to PLAZA, please reserve at least two full days . O ne day would help to familiarize yourself with the logic of connecting work packages, costs and KPIs / outputs / deliverables. The second day will be needed to enter the details into the system.  

What kind of support can I get from the German CLC to submit a proposal for an Innovation Project?

The German CLC supports Innovation Projects from an early project ideation phase until the final submission and evaluation phase.  

The support includes for example: 

  • Project scouting and feedback on project ideas 
  • Transformation of a project idea into an EIT Health application 
  • Project coaching (eg on evaluation criteria) 
  • Matchmaking with other partners 
  • Proposal review (intensive coaching p eriod two weeks before the deadline) 
  • Hearing training 




Do you have any further questions? I will be happy to inform you about your opportunities to participate in an EIT Health innovation project and assist you in brainstorming, networking with relevant EIT Health partners, submitting an application and in all further steps of your innovation project within the framework of the EIT Health Business plan.

Nandor Gaus

Innovation & Project Manager
+49 621 764 461-18

Janine Meyer

Innovation Project Manager
+49 621 764 461-22