EIT Health

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe. The EIT brings together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. These are called the EIT Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge.

EIT Health is one of the EIT Innovation Communities and a consortium of  approximately 150 partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities from across 15 EU countries. EIT Health’s role is to build an ecosystem that enables the development of healthcare for the future so that European citizens can live longer and healthier lives. EIT Health upgrades the skills of healthcare professionals throughout Europe, investing in Europe’s best talents, and facilitates the commercialization of innovative health products/solutions within the EU. It is one of the largest publicly funded health initiatives and is supported by the the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of European Union.

Estonia is represented by EIT Health Scandinavia, the regional representation of Partners located also in Denmark and Sweden.

The InnoStars cluster is one of the seven geographical areas of EIT Health. It covers half of Europe, including Poland, Hungary, Italy, and Portugal, as well as additional regions included in the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme– the Baltic States, Croatia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Greece and Romania. This is a group of countries qualified by the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) as moderate innovators. InnoStars is focused on promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and education in the domain of healthcare, healthy living and active ageing in the region and closing the gap between regions that are leaders in innovation and those regions which are progressing

The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) was created by the European Institute of innovation and Technology (EIT) to close the gap between regions that are leaders in innovation and those regions which are progressing. The programme is implemented with the involvement of local Hubs. In the field of healthcare, the programme has been developing since 2016, and it is coordinated by EIT Health InnoStars. The programme incorporates 13 EIT Health Hubs located in 12 countries across Eastern, Central and Southern Europe. These Hubs serve as access points to a pan-European network of the best universities, companies and their projects. The programme aims to incubate the regions where it operates, discovering their unique innovation assets and to engage local innovators to participate in pan-European programmes and competitions.

Tartu Biotechnology Park is EIT Health Hub in Estonia

As part of the EIT Health RIS, EIT Health has already established 13 EIT Health Hubs in 12 countries across Europe, one of which is Tartu Biotechnology Park in Tartu, Estonia. Tartu Biotechnology Park’s goal as EIT Health Hub is to promote EIT Health Community activities and help to reach the true potential of local healthcare startups.

In order to achieve our aims, we engage in active cooperation with Estonian and foreign biotechnology companies, research and development institutions, foundations for the development of entrepreneurship and biotechnology and other organizations, including state agencies and local authorities.

EIT Health opportunities:

At the moment the following opportunities are opened for applying:
Find more info about EIT Health programmes

-> on EIT Health website
-> on InnoStarter website

Find out about latest EIT Health opportunities and upcoming events also on Tartu Biotechnology Park’s News section and Calendar.

Official documents

Call outline for the EIT Health Flagships 2024

Are you seeking funding, collaborators or support to bring your idea to life?

We are pleased to confirm that the call outline for the EIT Health Flagships 2024 is now available. This is the culmination of our shared desire to push the boundaries of what is possible in healthcare innovation, and we look forward to working with you on this.

The call outline document can be found here which details the application process, as well as the activities we shall be calling for.

The full call document for the flagships will open on Wednesday 10 January 2024.

More information about EIT and EIT Health:

EIT website homepage: https://eit.europa.eu
EIT website in estonian: https://eit.europa.eu/et/in-your-language
EIT RIS website: https://eit.europa.eu/our-activities/outreach/eit-regional-innovation-scheme-ris
EIT Health website: https://eithealth.eu/

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