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Calls for proposals for Systems Medicine by the Health Theme

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The European Commission has published on the 20th July 2011 its final work programme with the list of topics for the submission of research & innovation proposals, which are expected to be funded under the FP7 2012 Health calls for proposals.

The call is managed by the Research and Innovation DG – Directorate Health.

The characteristic features of this call are: broader topics; two-stage submission-evaluation; greater emphasis on innovation, especially through SME-targeted topics; and emphasis on flexibility for the applicants in defining the optimum consortium partnership, project duration & budget. The call text and the guidelines for applicants are available online.

In the Work Programme 2012, the area of System Medicine will focus on multidisciplinary research that will integrate a wide variety of biological, medical and clinical data to understand and model complex human diseases.

A major goal of this call is to stimulate system biology approaches for medical and clinical application and therefore to establish the basis for system medicine. For the topics in the area of systems medicine, the deadline for submission of the stage-1 short proposals is on 4th October at 17:00 (Brussels local time).

The list of topics includes the following:

  • SME-driven research applying systems biology approaches to address medical and clinical needs. Research should focus on the development, improvement and application of systems biology approaches to medical/clinical questions (maximum EU contribution EUR 3 000 000) This topic includes a specific focus on SMEs establishing favourable and simplified conditions for them to participate:

    • Two-stage proposal submission;
    • 2 years duration;
    • Minimum of partners;
    • Minimum of 30% dedicated to SMEs over the 3 millions budget and;
    • one report is required at the end of the project.

  • Systems medicine: Applying systems biology approaches for understanding multifactorial human diseases and their co-morbidities (EU contribution above EUR 6 000 000 to maximum EUR 12 000 000)
  • Preparing for the future research and innovation activities in systems medicine. (maximum EU contribution EUR 3 000 000)

The direct contact for System Medicine is: Christina.kyriakopoulou[at]