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IHI call 4

Funding programme
Submission deadline:
Funded by:
Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) / Horizon Europe

The following text does not reflect the entire content of the call, but contains individual excerpts from the directive.

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.

The Innovative Health Initiative Joint Undertaking (IHI JU) 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 JU aims to pioneer a new, more integrated approach to health research and builds on the experience gained from the Innovative Medicine Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (IMI2 JU).

IHI JU aims to translate health research and innovation into real benefits for patients and society, and ensure that Europe remains at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary, sustainable, patient-centric health research. Health research and care increasingly involve diverse sectors. By supporting projects that bring these sectors together, IHI JU will pave the way for a more integrated approach to health care, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and disease management.

As current health challenges and threats are global, IHI JU should be open to participation by international academic, industrial and regulatory actors, in order to benefit from wider access to data and expertise, to respond to emerging health threats and to achieve the necessary societal impact, in particular improved health outcomes for Union citizens.


  • Topic 1: Expanding translational knowledge in minipigs: a path to reduce and replace non-human primates in non-clinical safety assessment
  • Topic 2: Patient-centric blood sample collection to enable decentralised clinical trials and improve access to healthcare
  • Topic 3: Inclusive clinical studies for equitable access to clinical research in Europe
  • Topic 4: Establishing novel approaches to improve clinical trials for rare and ultra-rare diseases
  • Topic 5: Safe & sustainable by design (SSbD) packaging and single use device solutions for healthcare products
  • Topic 6: Sustainable circular development and manufacturing of healthcare products and their quantitative environmental impact assessment

For full details of the topics, including the budget breakdown, click on the links above (which take you directly to the relevant page of the Funding and Tenders Portal) or read the call text.

How to apply

All documents relating to the call can be found via the Funding and Tenders Portal and the IHI call documents page. We advise you to read these documents, in particularly the guide for applicants, carefully.

Proposals must be submitted via the electronic submission system of the Funding and Tenders Portal. To start submitting your proposal, simply click on the relevant topic above - this will take you directly to that topic's page on the portal. Once there, scroll down and click on 'Start submission'.

To submit a proposal via the electronic submission system, you will need to have an EU Login account and ensure that your organisation is registered as a beneficiary.


Short proposal submission deadline: 8th November 2023 at 17:00 Brussels time

Full proposal submission deadline: 23rd April 2024 at 17:00 Brussels time

Website address: https://www.gesundheitsindustrie-bw.de/en/database/funding/ihi-call-4