Demand for Danish health solutions in international projects
A sudden blank calendar, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, started a particularly active period in Welfare Tech. 5 new applications for Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, have been submitted and two major Danish applications. This has been made possible by a year-long strategic focus to open the doors to some of Europe's best knowledge environments.
Welfare Tech is a partner in 5 new Horizon 2020 applications that were submitted in May/June 2020.
- We are incredibly proud to have delivered this achievement and not least to be invited into strong consortia with some of Europe's leading health and life science clusters, says Søren Parmar-Sielemann, Deputy Director at Welfare Tech.
Two of the Horizon 2020 projects is directly devoted to COVID-19 and focus on maturing and scaling innovative Danish digital healthcare solutions to the European market.
It is a year-long commitment and strategic focus that now position Welfare Tech as a reliable partner for Horizon 2020 projects. Today Welfare Tech collaborates with some of Europe's strongest clusters and the organisation has planted ideas for upcoming international projects.
The aim is to support Danish companies to further develop and export their solutions through networks, partnerships and innovation programmes.
One of the companies is Boblberg, who has developed a health and community platform (by the name Boblberg). The platform helps citizens to create new communities through activities and social relationships. It is a health promotion initiative, that involves the users and strengthens their physical and mental health. More than 300.000 users are now connected to and use the platform.
Boblberg participates in one of the Horizon 2020 projects, SmileAge.
- The core of what we do comes down to 'help citizens according to their needs'. Always with partners, citizens and employees as co-developers. We have only reached where we are today, through collaboration. It is precisely this collaboration that is the focus in SmileAge. Together with the Danish municipality Faaborg-Midtfyn, we will have the opportunity to combine newly developed technologies from leading professors around the world and take it down to a human level via the Boblberg platform. This allows us to help where the need is greatest and test solutions for isolated older people, says Anders V. Stæhr, co-founder of Boblberg.
The 5 Horizon 2020 projects are:
SmileAge focuses on solutions for lonely and isolated elderly people. Through a stronger consortium consisting of the best of research from Europe and Japan working on talkbots, emotional computing, and machine learning, the project will develop an open-source platform that offers functionalities designed to meet the needs of lonely elderly people.
The project has participation from Japan (50%), Denmark (Welfare Tech with participation from Boblberg, Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality), Finland, Germany, Italy, and Portugal.
Smart Silver Habitat focuses on all aspects of elderly housing of the future, including digital solutions and welfare technology (also known as "assistive technologies") for citizens in their own homes. The project is a project in which 75% of the project sum is further developed into companies and their concrete activities regarding the development of new concepts, prototypes, and testing of solutions that speak in the future older homes. The project is a cascade funding project (FSTP) in which 75% of the project sum is further developed into companies and their concrete activities with the development of new concepts, prototypes, and testing of solutions that are relevant to the elderly homes of the future.
The project has participation from Denmark (Welfare Tech), Norway, Spain, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Romania, and the European network ECHAlliance.
eHealth Africa will create an eHealth register in Africa based on the technology and experience of the NHS in the UK, the Netherlands, and Belgium. The project will create knowledge about the African digital health market and develop a platform where suppliers can register and render visible their products with the opportunity to match with African partners.
The project has participation from the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark (Welfare Tech) as well as Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa.
HEPA focuses on developing technologies that can redress the pandemics of the future. Based on the current COVID-19 situation, the project will look at what can be done to avoid a similar situation and to support the development of communication technologies, such as apps, digital monitoring systems, and medical technology solutions. The project is a cascade funding project (FSTP) where 75% of the project sum is further distributed to companies and their specific activities.
The project has participation from Denmark (Welfare Tech), the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Spain, and the network Scanbalt.
CO-FIGHT focuses on the commercialization of existing technologies that can mitigate the next wave of COVID-19. The project is a cascade funding project (FSTP) where 75% of the project sum is further distributed to companies and their specific activities.
The project has participation from Denmark (Welfare Tech), Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland, and the network Scanbalt.
The 5 EU projects have a collective budget of 30 million EURI and span over three years. Responses to the applications are expected in August and September 2020. The HEPA and Smart Silver Habitat project has progressed to the next phase of the application process.