About Innovative Medicines Initiative
With support from the Innovative Medicines Initiative, you will be able to conduct international research for the development of new and efficient medical treatments. The initiative aims at strengthening Europe’s competitiveness through collaborations between stakeholders such as the biotech and pharma industry, governmental institutions, patient associations, and research institutions. The IMI offers funding opportunities for large companies as well as SMEs.
The Innovative Medicines Initiative is supporting a number of research topics. Overall, IMI aims to deliver:
- A 30% better success rate in clinical trials of priority medicines identified by the WHO
- Clinical proof of concept in immunological, respiratory, neurological and neurodegenerative diseases in just five years
- New and approved diagnostic markers for four of these diseases and at least two new medicines which could either be new antibiotics or new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease
For 2014-2024, the IMI has a budget of 3.3 billion euro. It is financed by the EU and the industry organisation EFPIA.
Possibilities with the Innovative Medicines Initiative
Companies can receive funding covering 75% of project cost related to R&D while other costs (e.g. management and training) can receive coverage of 100%.
IMI's strategiske agenda har følgende fokusområder:
- Target validation and biomarker research (efficacy and safety);
- Adoption of innovative clinical trial paradigms;
- Innovative medicines;
- Patient-tailored adherence programmes.
The calls are 2-stage, initiated with an expression of interest from the consortium. Based on expert evaluation, IMI will invite selected consortias to apply in phase 2.
Requirements for the Innovative Medicines Initiative
There are three primary requirements for a project to be eligible for funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative:
- Project period of 3-5 years
- Large market potential or socioeconomic impact – min EUR 100M over five years.
- Specific demands for the consortia depends on the research topic, but the funding option focuses greatly on the establishments of public-private partnerships and demands the inclusion of a number of stakeholders such as biotech companies, SMEs, governmental institutions, research institutions, NGOs, and institutions affecting medical requirements (e.g. HTA)
Below are the upcoming deadlines for Innovative Medicines Initiative. Expect 1-2 months for the proposal writing process.
The call welcomes applications under the following 7 topics:
- Topic 1 : Development and validation of technology enabled, quantitative and sensitive measures of functional decline in people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease (RADAR-AD)
- Topic 2: FAIRification of IMI and EFPIA data
- Topic 3: Development of sensitive and validated clinical endpoints in primary Sjögren’s Syndrome (pSS)
- Topic 4: European Health Data Network (EHDN)
- Topic 5: Analysing the infectious disease burden and the use of vaccines to improve healthy years in aging populations
- Topic 6: Discovery and characterisation of blood-brain barrier targets and transport mechanisms for brain delivery of therapeutics to treat neurodegenerative & metabolic diseases
- Topic 7: European Screening Centre: Unique library for attractive biology (ESCulab)
The topic of this call is: Ebola and other filoviral haemorrhagic fevers (Ebola+) programme: future outbreaks.
This call is the second call under the Ebola+ programme. It provides an opportunity to capture emerging scientific advances and to progress those rapidly into health care interventions. Projects funded under this call should ensure fast development, uptake and/or wide deployment of sustainable innovative solutions that will result in an increased readiness to respond to future outbreaks.
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