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Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the main Research and Innovation Funding Programme of the European Commission.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the previous Funding Programme. There are no longer calls, but projects can run until 2024.

Digital Europe

Digital Europe is a Funding Programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and administrations.

Other EU Funding

There are many other relevant EU funding programmes, managed by several agencies and directorates.


Innovative Health Initiative

Innovative Health Initiative

Partnership website:

The partnership kicked off in November 2021. It's core goals are to translate health research and innovation into tangible benefits for patients and society, and ensure that Europe remains at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary, sustainable, patient-centric health research.

The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) is a partnership between the European Union and industry associations representing the sectors involved in healthcare, namely COCIR (medical imaging, radiotherapy, health ICT and electromedical industries); EFPIA, including Vaccines Europe (pharmaceutical industry and vaccine industry); EuropaBio (biotechnology industry); and MedTech Europe (medical technology industry).

IHI is the successor of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), the world’s largest public-private collaboration in life sciences.


The partnership intends to

  • help create an EU-wide health research and innovation ecosystem that facilitates translation of scientific knowledge into innovations
  • foster the development of safe, effective, people-centred and cost-effective innovations that respond to strategic unmet public health needs
  • drive cross-sectoral health innovation for a globally competitive European health industry.

It will cover the entire continuum of care, from prevention and diagnostics to treatment and disease management. 

Participation Flanders

The following organisations based in Flanders are partner in ongoing IHI projects (2022 calls):

  • ICOMETROX NV in the project 'CLAIMS'
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica nv in the project 'IMAGIO' & 'IDERHA
  • The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (I-HD) in 'IDERHA'
  • Q1.6 bv in 'IDHERA'
  • Johnson & Johnson Medical nv in 'IDHERA'

Governance of IHI: The IHI States Representatives Group consists of representatives of the EU Member States & countries associated to Horizon Europe. The group is consulted on a range of issues, including the draft call topics. In this group, the Flemish government is represented by Kathleen D'Hondt. 

Past & current calls for proposals

Since it took off in 2021, IHI has launched several calls of proposals. Information on topics that are in the pipeline can be found on IHI's 'future opportunities' webpage. Information on calls that are currently open can be found on IHI's open calls webpage.

Currently, there are 2 open calls:

  • IHI call 4 is a two-stage call with topics on the 3Rs, patient-centric blood sample collection, clinical trials, and the environmental impacts of healthcare.
    Deadline for short proposals: 8 November 2023
  • IHI call 5 is a single-stage call with topics on the 3Rs, theranostics, stroke management and synthetic data. Deadline for full proposals: 16 January 2024

All IHI calls for proposals are also published on the European Commission’s Funding & Tenders Portal. Find out more on how IHI call topics are generated here.

Key documents


Innovative Health Initiative contact page Contact | IHI Innovative Health Initiative ( or

What are partnerships?

Partnerships group the EC and private and/or public partners, to coordinate and streamline the research & innovation initiatives and funding in some selected key domains.

How to use partnerships?

  • orientation
    Partnerships publish strategic documents, e.g. outlining the main research and innovation challenges or key focus points.
  • networking
    Partnerships often organise events, such as info days, brokerage events, etc. Meet potential partners and learn about the nuances that are not visible in the official documents.
  • ecosystem analysis
    Partnerships typically have an advisory board, and publish impact studies of previous actions. These are good sources of information to uncover the main R&D&I players in the domain.
  • steering the agenda
    Partnerships collaborate with the EC on outlining the strategy and the future funding opportunities in their domain, based on input from industry, academia, and other stakeholders.


image of Luciad - Geospatial software for mission-critical operations

Luciad - Geospatial software for mission-critical operations

Founded in 1999, Luciad serves clients in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Though it recently was acquired by Hexagon Geospatial, they kept an agile SME mindset. Thousands of end users work directly with Luciad’s geospatial applications, and major systems integrators (think Airbus Defense and Space, Lufthansa Systems, NATO, Thales…) incorporate its software in their own products.

NCP Flanders went to Leuven to interview Frederic Houbie, the Research Projects Manager at Luciad, about how he sees Horizon 2020. Luciad is a partner in the MARISA project, which is a collaborative RIA project submitted to an ICT call topic