PIANOFORTE Open Call 2023 is now open!

The PIANOFORTE Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of its first open call for proposals to support research projects aimed at improving knowledge and promote innovation in the field of radiation protection.

This 1st call addresses 3 main topics:

Topic 1: Developing a knowledge base for a better understanding of disease pathogenesis of ionising radiation-induced cancer to improve risk assessment.

Topic 2: Individualised diagnostic as well as therapeutic procedures with regard to optimisation of the benefit/risk ratio.

Topic 3: Development of risk assessment and risk management approaches and technological capabilities to cope with scenarios arising from threats due to war or armed conflicts situations or natural disasters taking into consideration social, ethical and legal issues.

The main aim of this open call is to support transnational research projects that combine innovative approaches in the field of radiation protection in line with the research priorities of PIANOFORTE.

The call text, rules of participation, proposal template and guidelines for applicants are available here.


The Pianoforte Partnership will hold a virtual information session about its first call for proposal on May 10, 2023Register by mail to receive the link to the webinar (contact@pianoforte-partnership.eu).

EURAMED rocc-n-roll will hold a Stakeholder Workshop

The EURAMED rocc-n-roll Consortium is pleased to announce a Stakeholder Workshop on May 25-26, 2023, in Brussels, BE, at the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre. This workshop presents a unique opportunity to gather input and consultation from a wide range of stakeholders in the field, with the aim of developing a strategic research agenda (SRA) for the future of medical applications of ionising radiation and related radiation protection.

The workshop will be held over two days, from May 25-26, 2023, with an indicative timing of 11:00 on May 25 to 15:00 on May 26.

You can register for the workshop here.

EIBIR interview at ECR Studio

We invite you to join three interesting discussions at ECR Studio! The interviews will take place this week, from March 1-4 during the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna and they are also streamed online. Access the stream by clicking here.

Harnessing the Power of EU Funding: Insights from the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research
March 1, 16:00 – 16:30
Guests: Prof. Gabriel Krestin and Prof. Regina Beets-Tan

In this  interview, the EIBIR scientific leadership will share their insights on how the organisation navigates the European funding programmes, aligns its research efforts with its objectives and prioritises the projects it supports. Join us as we delve into the inner workings of EIBIR and discover how it is contributing to the European Health Union.

Unlocking the Potential of AI in Breast Cancer Care: A conversation with top experts
March 3, 13:00-13:30
Guests: PD Dr. Daniel Truhn and Prof. Karim Lekadir

Revolutionizing Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Join us for an interview with the leading researchers behind the RadioVal and ODELIA projects. Discover how they are harnessing the power of AI and radiomics to improve patient outcomes and reduce over-treatment. Learn about the challenges and opportunities of implementing these innovative projects in multi-centre, cross-country and multi-faceted data sets.

The EUCAIM Project: Unlocking the Potential of Federated Cancer Imaging on a pan-European Scale
March 4, 11:30 – 12:00
Guests: Prof. Luis Marti-Bonmati

Unlocking the power of federated cancer imaging data: Join us for an exclusive interview with the EUCAIM team as they share their vision for a pan-European digital federated infrastructure for cancer-related images. Discover how EUCAIM is revolutionising cancer research and treatment, and how it aligns with the EU Mission on Cancer. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities of implementing such an ambitious project.

EIBIR at ECR 2023

Six dedicated EIBIR sessions will take place during ECR 2023 from March 1-4, 2023. We invite you to learn about and discuss our running and new research projects and explore further the current advancements and funding opportunities of the following topics: AI for health imaging; advances in cancer management, improving quality and safety in imaging and therapy; medical applications of ionising radiation; AI applications in radiation protection and many more!

Visit the EIBIR booth on level -2 to talk to us about funding opportunities for imaging research. We look forward to seeing you at ECR!

All project-related sessions will also be streamed online for free (*).


Paving the way for a European infrastructure for AI for health imaging*

March 1, 13:00-14:30 CET, Room D (level -2)

– Chairpersons’ introduction (Luis Martí-Bonmatí; Valencia/ES, Gabriel P. Krestin; Rotterdam/NL)
– EuCanImage project: towards a European cancer imaging platform for enhanced artificial intelligence in oncology (Martijn Starmans; Rotterdam/NL1)
– CHAIMELEON project (Ignacio Blanquer; Valencia/ES)
– Incisive project (Gianna Tsakou; Marousi/GR)
– PROCANCER-I project: AI modelling strategies with multi-centric data (Nikolaos Papanikolaou; Lisbon/PT)
– PRIMAGE project (Angel Alberich-Bayarri; Valencia/ES)
– EUCAIM project (Luis Martí-Bonmatí; Valencia/ES)
– Discussion

European efforts to improve quality and safety in imaging and therapy*

March 2, 10:30-11:30 CET, Room D (level -2)

– Chairperson’s introduction (Gabriel P. Krestin; Rotterdam/NL)
– i-Violin project (Christoph Hoeschen; Magdeburg/DE)
– SIMPLERAD project: study on the implementation of the Euratom and the EU legal bases with respect to the therapeutic uses of radiopharmaceuticals (Bernd Krause; Rostock/DE)
– AlternativesToGd project (Rachel Katz-Brull; Jerusalem/IL)
– EIBIR activities and upcoming opportunities (Katharina Krischak; Vienna/AT)
– Discussion

European Research Agenda for medical applications of ionising radiation: the EURAMED rocc-n-roll project*

March 3, 10:30-12:00 CET, Room D (level -2)

– Chairperson’s introduction (Guy Frija; Paris/FR)
– Medical radiation application research needs and radiation protection (Katrine Riklund; Umea/SE)
– Links between centres of excellence and research infrastructures for the field of medical applications of ionising radiation research (Jean-Michel Dolo; Gif sur Yvette/FR)
– Generating a framework for improved transfer of knowledge to industry and clinical routine (Riccardo Corridori; Brussels/BE)
– A consensus-based European Strategic Research Agenda for medical applications of ionising radiation (Christoph Hoeschen; Magdeburg/DE)
– Discussion

Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment: EIBIR projects*

March 4, 08:00-09:00 CET, Room D (level -2)

– Chairperson’s introduction (Regina G.H. Beets-Tan; Amsterdam/NL)
– Optical imaging for neuronavigation in brain tumour surgery: the HyperProbe project (Francesco Pavone; Florence/IT)
– Holistic and trustworthy AI evaluation in breast cancer imaging: the RadioVal project (Karim Lekadir; Barcelona/ES)
– A European swarm learning network for training of AI algorithms for breast cancer detection in MRI:  The ODELIA project (Daniel Truhn; Aachen/DE)
– European funding opportunities for oncology (Peter Gordebeke; Vienna/AT)
– Discussion

AI applications in radiation protection: the experience of the SINFONIA project*

March 5, 09:30-11:00 CET, Room D (level -2)

– Chairpersons’ introduction (John Damilakis; Iraklion/GR)
– Machine learning in CT dose estimation (John Damilakis; Iraklion/GR)
– Person and object tracking for real-time dosimetry of nuclear medicine personnel (Daniel Santiago Rondon; Mol/BE)
– AI-assisted learning in medical radiation protection (Jurgen Jacobs; Leuven/BE)
– Panel discussion: How can AI support radiation protection in clinical practice?

Funding the future of imaging: the ESR research seed grant

March 4, 08:00-09:00 CET, Foyer C

– Chairpersons’ introduction (Marion Smits; Rotterdam/NL,Gabriel P. Krestin; Rotterdam/NL)
– The brain age biomarker initiative in stroke (Martini Bretzner; Lille/FR)
– PI-QUAL and artificial intelligence: a pilot study to test a novel tool to assess the quality of multiparametric MRI of the prostate (Francesco Giganti; London/UK)
– Diffusion probabilistic models to reduce the use of contrast agent in breast MRI (Teresa Nolte; Aarchen/DE)
– Fetal MRI radiomics for machine learning-assisted lung maturation assessment and outcome prediction (Florian Prayer; Vienna/AT)
– Artificial intelligence for fracture detection in paediatric osteogenesis imperfecta (Susan Shelmerdine; London/UK)
– A convolutional neural network for automated segmentation of solid renal tumours on CT images (Johannes Uhlig; Göttingen/DE)
– Feasibility and pathophysiologic implications of endovascular portal vein arterialisation in a porcine model (Rene Michael Mathy; Heidelberg/DE)
– ICE STUDY – to detect cryoimmunologic response induced by ultrasound-guided cryoablation on early breast cancer: evaluation of specific local and circulating markers (Francesca Galati; Rome/IT)
– Safety and oncologic outcome of percutaneous cryo-ablation compared to partial nephrectomy for T1b RCC: a propensity score matching analysis (Elisabeth G. Klompenhouwer; Amsterdam/NL)
– Application of perinterventional computed tomographic perfusion imaging before and after intraarterial application of vasoactive substances during treatment of primary and secondary liver cancer with radioembolisation and chemoembolization (Christine March; Magdeburg/DE)
– Open forum discussion


How to register for open access sessions at the ECR

In order to access the open access sessions please follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the session page on ESR Connect and select the session you would like to attend.
  2. Click on ‘Login’ in the upper right corner and enter your ESR MyUserArea credentials or create a new ESR account for free (after you have created your account please visit the session page once again).
  3. The session is now saved in your user menu under ‘My Courses’ which can be accessed via your user icon in the upper right corner.
  4. When the session starts, log-into your account and visit the session page, where the livestream will start automatically.

Learn more about medical radiation protection research projects at the EURAMED Winter Webinar

Organised by the European Alliance for Medical Radiation Protection Research (EURAMED), the EURAMED Winter Webinar will introduce participants to important ongoing medical radiation protection research efforts in Europe. We are pleased to invite you to take part and discuss these projects with the scientific leads.

The webinar will be held on 15 February 2023, 17:00-18:30 CET and is open to all with interest in medical radiation protection research. The webinar will feature ongoing projects involving EURAMED as a partner or coming from the EURAMED community. Partners from each project will describe the objectives, tasks and early results, demonstrating the cutting edge in medical radiation protection research, and describe how stakeholders can get involved and benefit. Q&A will follow for audience participation.

Attendance is free of charge, but please register here. You will receive the login information as a part of registration.

The programme and further information are available on the EURAMED website.

EUCAIM project kicks-off under EIBIR coordination

Following the European Commission launch event of the European Cancer Imaging Initiative in Brussels on 23 January, EIBIR is pleased to announce the official kick-off of the European Federation for Cancer Images (EUCAIM), a ground-breaking federated infrastructure deployment project aiming to power up imaging and AI towards precision medicine for Europe’s cancer patients and citizens.

EUCAIM is the cornerstone of the European Commission-initiated European Cancer Imaging Initiative, a flagship of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (EBCP), which aims to foster innovation and deployment of digital technologies in cancer treatment and care to achieve more precise and faster clinical decision-making, diagnostics, treatment and predictive medicine for cancer patients.

The project is scientifically led by Prof. Luis Martí-Bonmatí, Director of the Medical Imaging Department, Chairman of Radiology, La Fe University and Polytechnic Hospital (Valencia, ES), and coordinated by the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR), established by and headquartered at the European Society of Radiology in Vienna, AT. Co-funding is provided by the European Commission Digital Europe Programme with EUR 18 mio.

For more information click here.

From left: Prof. Luis Martí-Bonmatí, EUCAIM Scientific Coordinator; Prof. Regina Beets-Tan, Chair of the ESR Board of Directors; and Marco Marsella, European Commission DG Connect, Head of Unit, eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing

ESR Research Seed Grant Global Winners Announced

December 5, 2022

In 2022, the European Society of Radiology (ESR), in cooperation with the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR), launched the ESR Research Seed Grant Global programme to stimulate and provide funding for innovative projects and pilot studies that will subsequently lead to larger studies and further funding applications. The focus of the programme which has been kindly supported by an unrestricted, non-exclusive grant from Siemens Healthineers is on research carried out in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Africa.

Enhancing quality in radiological imaging and interventional radiology and Value-based radiology were identified as the funding priorities for 2022. After an extensive review by a panel of international experts, three proposals were selected for funding:

A Radiology-Driven Approach to Improve Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Tanzania: A Quality Improvement Project
Erick Mbuguje, Muhimbili National Hospital, United Republic of Tanzania

Assessing the Safety and Effectiveness of the First Interventional Radiology Training Program in Uganda: A Quality Assurance Project
Eva Nabawanuka, Makerere University college of health sciences, Uganda

Improving utilisation of mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke by implementation of standardized protocols for patient selection, imaging and referral
Tajana Turk, University Hospital Center Osijek, Croatia

We congratulate the awardees and are looking forward to hearing about the progress in their fascinating research projects during ECR2024.

Find out more about what the researchers aim to achieve in their projects here.

Innovative Health Initiative launches second calls for proposals

Following the success of its first call in June, the European Commission’s Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) is launching its second round of calls for proposals! Informative webinars and other events will be scheduled to inform interested partners about the final topics and rules for applying.

The following draft topics have not yet been approved by the IHI Governing Board, but their announcement is intended to allow potential partners to build a consortium and draft a proposal.

Draft proposals of Call 3 currently include single-stage topics on:

And Call 4 asks for two-stage topics on:

EIBIR will disseminate more information about the final IHI calls and associated events as it becomes available.

i-Violin holds Kick-Off Meeting with EC and HaDEA

With the tender beginning this month, the 10 members of the i-Violin consortium held on September 21 and 22 in Vienna their Kick-Off Meeting before representatives of the European Commmission’s DG ENER and HaDEA, the European Health and Digital Executive Agency. The consortium presented an overview of the project and the workplan for all seven work packages, receiving feedback and an outlook on cooperation with the EC, project officer and SAMIRA Steering Group on Quality and Safety.

The i-Violin project, standing for “implementing verifiable oncological imaging by quality assurance and optimisation,” aims to satisfy the clearly identified need to optimise and harmonise oncological imaging procedures in Europe and ensure their broad adoption. The current disparities in oncological imaging procedures in Europe, which i-Violin can address at the transnational level to improve cancer care for Europe’s patients, are evident from several recent projects and surveys conducted by the EuroSafe Imaging campaign. i-Violin will contribute to establishing a harmonised and standardised oncological imaging approach focusing on the chest, abdomen and pelvis, and a targeted education and training programme for radiologists, radiographers and medical physicists will accompany dissemination and foster uptake. As Scientific Coordinator Prof. Christoph Hoeschen (Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, DE) explained, dissemination will be essential to ensure implementation of the new tools and optimised procedures. The EC looks forward to the results of this project as a promising opportunity to advance cancer care under the EU4Health Programme.

i-Violin – EIBIR leads new project to support and implement optimisation and harmonisation of oncological imaging procedures in Europe

On 1 September 2022, i-Violin a 24-month project co-funded by the EU under the EU4Health programme 2021-2027 was officially launched. The project brings together 10 partners from 9 countries and aims to improve optimisation and harmonisation of oncological imaging procedures in Europe and to ensure their broad adoption to improve the quality and safety of cancer care for Europe’s patients.

Several ongoing projects and recent surveys have demonstrated disparities in oncological imaging procedures across Europe. Furthermore, they have also advanced the understanding of imaging and their effects, on which i-Violin will build upon; mainly the Horizon 2020 MEDIRAD project (no. 755523, website) completed in February 2022 and the ongoing SINFONIA project (no. 945196, website), both related to dose determination in three-dimensional imaging as well as image quality assessment.

During the Kick-Off meeting of September 19 and 20 in Vienna and online, the consortium will present its objectives and workplan to the European Commission and receive their feedback as the tasks get underway. Each work package will be detailed, and an overall project timeline will be negotiated. This is a tremendous opportunity for the visibility of the project and its work.

Read more about the project and its objectives here.