The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) is a new EU funding stream that builds on the experience of the previous Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), the public-private partnership programme for medicines, but has been broadened to include medical technology.

IHI aims to “help create an EU-wide health research and innovation ecosystem that facilitates the translation of scientific knowledge into tangible innovations. These innovations should be safe, effective, people-centred and cost-effective, and cover prevention, diagnostics, treatment and disease management.

The ESR and EIBIR have worked closely with COCIR to provide input to the development of the funding scheme and potential topics for imaging.

Notably, the first tentative call outlines include topics highly relevant to imaging.

On 24 January 2022, the IHI launched an open call for experts for its new Science and Innovation Panel (SIP). The panel will play an important role in setting IHI’s priorities and designing calls for proposals.

Interested experts who want to apply to be part of the panel in one of these roles should submit an expression of interest by 21 February 2022. For more information, click here

We encourage expert to apply and help guide the initial phase of IHI.