Friday, March 21, 2014

€200.000 to be won for best societal apps

Use the EU-funded FI-WARE platform to develop your "societal" app, for example to improve healthcare, and you can win up to €200,000 in prizes. Deadline to apply: 31 March.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

What do we mean by Independent Living?

As our population ages, the term "independent living" is used more and more to describe ways in which the elderly in particular are able to live autonomously and with dignity within their own homes. Today, Independent Living is increasingly driven by technology. Smart solutions including sensors and robots allow elderly people to feel secure and supported within their own homes while avoiding isolation or intrusive surveillance. Thanks to ICT, an increasing number of elderly people avoid the upheaval of moving into a formal, institutionalised care setting where they are reliant on carers to help them accomplish their every-day personal tasks.


MIHealth: Health Management and Clinical Innovation Forum

The organisers of this event in Barcelona are looking for innovative projects being developed in the healthcare sector. The best "Innovation Capsules" will participate in the "MIHealth Innovation Awards". Deadline to apply: 28 March.


Framework Contract for the Monitoring of Public Sector Innovation and supporting services - SMART 2013/0072 (Republication of Lot 1)

The European Commission re-launches a call for tenders for Lot 1 of the "Framework contract for the Monitoring of Public Sector Innovation and supporting services" - SMART 2013/0072, with a value of EUR 400 000. The purpose of this call for tenders is the setup and maintenance of the European Observatory on Public Sector Innovation.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics

The journal for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is publishing a special issue in 2014 on the role of communication in public health preparedness measures and response to pandemics, with particular reference to infectious disease outbreaks.

Within the scope of the 7th Framework Programme, the European Commission has funded two projects (TELL ME and Ecom@EU) which are currently investigating the factors that impact on and influence communication strategies and their relative effectiveness during a pandemic. This special issue aims to bring together the most relevant research from these projects, as well as invite other contributors who have an interest in this area.

We welcome paper submissions from a variety of disciplines for this special issue. Submissions for research, editorials, commentaries that fit the theme of this special issue will also be considered.

Thematic areas

Contributions are welcomed in the following thematic areas (but not limited to):

• Crisis preparedness framework

• Tools for outbreak communication

• Models for outbreak communication

• Information management and access

• Public involvement in communications

• Governance and policy issues

• Ethical and legal issues

• Socio-cultural contexts

• Vaccination campaigns

• Social marketing

• Business continuity

• Mass media / Social media

• Training and education

• Risk and uncertainty

Important dates

Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2014

Print Publication: October, 2014

Submission guidelines

Full instructions on how to prepare a submission can be viewed at

Guest Editors

Prof. Pier Luigi Lopalco, MD

Head of Scientific Assessment Section

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD

Chief Strategy Officer

Immunization Action Coalition

Pre-announcement of the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme 2014 Call for Proposals

The AAL Programme will soon launch its first call for proposals to respond to the challenge: "Care for the future: An Ageing society faces an increasing need for care, how will ICT contribute to sustainable solutions?" The 2014 Call Challenge of the AAL Programme aims at funding the development and testing of ICT-based solutions in real life situations which enable and support sustainable care models for older adults. It is anticipated that the call will be launched on 28 March 2014, with a proposal submission deadline end June 2014.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Build Connect Webzine

The fifth edition of the “Build, Connect,” WebZine has just been released! You will discover the latest steps taken in fostering efficient cross-border eGovernment systems across Europe, follow the progress being made and learn how Large Scale Pilot projects are moving services forward to the next level. Enjoy your reading!


Antilope project calls for development of eHealth testing tools

The EU-funded Antilope project has published a list of testing tools used to ensure eHealth interoperability with existing IT infrastructures, services and devices. But gaps remain: some existing testing tools could be improved or new tools could be built. Antilope calls for developers and organisations to address these shortcomings.


A Robot companion for the elderly - balancing autonomy and ethics

Professor Tom Sorell (University of Warwick) and Professor Heather Draper (University of Birmingham) have developped an ethical framework for companion robotics in the context of the ACCOMPANY project. In this blog post Professor Sorell explains what ethical questions the framework strives to answer.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Video: Commissioner Neelie Kroes on mHealth

From simple apps to help you keep fit, to remote surgery - mobile technologies can be a huge help to healthcare. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, sets out the opportunities on offer and how the EU will be supporting these "mHealth" technologies.


Innovate with ICT for energy and get EU funding

Need ICT for Energy Efficiency funding? Watch this video!


5th Workshop on Energy Efficient Buildings Data Models - Call for papers

Buildings are responsible for some 40% of the energy consumption in Europe. Along the life‐cycle, Energy Efficiency of buildings is managed by different ICT tools.


EU grants €3 Million to better predict and diagnose memory disorders

The research project PredictND, co-funded by the EU, will take an important step towards better prediction, diagnostics and management of memory disorders.