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FIT FOR HEALTH 2.0 Report Summary

Project ID: 602428
Funded under: FP7-HEALTH
Country: Austria

Periodic Report Summary 2 - FIT FOR HEALTH 2.0 (Supporting sustainable participation of industry, in particular high-technology, research-intensive SMEs in EU-funded research in the Health Sector)

Project Context and Objectives:
Fit for Health 2.0 was initiated to sustainably enhance the participation of European industry, in particular research intensive, high-technology SMEs in the health-related sector of Horizon 2020. The project offers targeted support measures, covering the entire innovation cycle of research projects. Key assets are highly qualified advice and support including a mentoring and coaching approach, hands-on trainings, effective SME-academia matchmaking and guidance to use H2020 more strategically. SMEs and researchers are supported during all phases of research projects, including first orientation, consortium building, proposal writing, project management and efficient exploitation of project results.

Strategy development for high-tech SMEs & clusters pursues a high leverage approach to sustainably enhance SME participation in Horizon 2020. Up to 30 selected European SMEs and clusters are supported via a continuous offered mentoring & coaching scheme. Transnational strategy trainings broadly support a strategic approach of SMEs and clusters towards H2020.
Target group-specific on-site and virtual trainings are a hallmark of the project and address the specific requirements of key target groups. Horizon 2020 starter trainings provide SMEs and researchers with concise and comprehensive information on the opportunities and rules of Horizon 2020. Applicant trainings optimally prepare SMEs and academia for a successful proposal submission to Calls for Societal Challenge 1 (SC1) with specific, hands-on exercises on how to prepare competitive proposals. Moreover, training of SMEs and academia for the successful implementation of projects funded by SC1 is conducted in the training for grant negotiation and project management, with focus on IPR issues, project management and including a session on clinical trials. Virtual trainings are complementing the portfolio offered in on-site trainings.
Cooperation between SMEs and academia is strongly encouraged by dedicated services and tools and using new media. A well established, highly visible database with a sophisticated matchmaking-tool together with the complementary BiotechGate database supports the formation of competitive project consortia. H2020-Partnering Days provide excellent interaction platforms for SMEs and academia.

A practical and multi-level support is offered to SMEs and researchers for the exploitation of results gained from H2020 and FP7 projects in the areas of Health and Life Sciences. Transnational exploitation trainings are carried out together with key actors in innovation funding, e.g. the EEN and the IPR helpdesk. Dedicated exploitation partnering events are organised at the occasion of big fairs.
Networking and promotion activities of Fit for Health2.0 comprise the development of a user-friendly, attractive website with access to a helpdesk including a FAQ section, partner search database and matchmaking tool and serving as interface with related projects and initiatives. Promotion activities include i.a. information leaflets, press releases, communication via a LinkedIn profile, presenting the project at the occasion of events and conferences and success stories. Fact sheets, web-based tutorials and mini-clips (short videos) and summaries about the latest financing activities in the life science field serve as additional support material.
The consortium comprises highly experienced NCPs and Enterprise Europe Network-members together with renowned senior trainers on innovation, technology transfer, financing and IPR. This ensures perfect coverage of the entire innovation cycle. To maximize synergies, this efficiently managed network is strategically connected to other key support networks for SMEs.

Project Results:
For newcomers to Horizon 2020, a starting training was organised in Bucharest, Romania and attracted 91 participants.
With the mentoring and coaching scheme 16 SMEs have been supported with 6 of them at the occasion of presenting short business plans. For 5 companies the support was initiated and is ongoing.
The 2nd strategy training (Copenhagen, Denmark) attracted 25 participants, the 3rd was organised in Vienna, Austria, combined with a so called “Business Treff” (105 participants) with 38 participants.

9 life science financing summaries comprising information and statistics about the latest financing activities in the life science field in Europe and Israel were published.
3 applicant trainings were organised, attracting 87 people in Madrid, Spain, 35 in London, UK, and 91 in Rome, Italy.
2 webinars complemented the support offered for applicants, focusing on how to maximise impact in applications (260 participants) and on “Third Parties” (258 participants).
The Fit for Health 2.0 partner search and matchmaking tool (euMatch) helps organisations to find partners to cooperate in EU funded projects. 1.416 expertise profiles in total were revised, 1.208 profiles are currently published.
We received 167 new partner searches, 58 of them currently published.
252 collaboration requests were confirmed.
8 projects used secure collaborative workspaces (Succeed-IT).
The 1st Horizon 2020 Partnering event attracted 227 participants from 36 countries. 219 of them took part in 655 bilateral meetings.
The 2nd event attracted 214 from 31 countries. The total number of meetings held was 600.

The 2nd training on Grant Agreement Preparation and Management reached 49 coordinators and project managers.
2 different webinars were organized on EDCTP2, with 64 and 24 participants.

The 2nd exploitation training (Palermo, Italy) reached 56 participants. The 3rd training was organised in Dublin, Ireland, attracting 76 participants.
The 1st exploitation partnering event was organised at MEDICA 2015, with 305 participants from 32 countries with more than 1100 meetings taking place.
A user-friendly website was designed with currently 13.722 registered users.
350 questions asked via the website visitors have been answered by the Fit for Health 2.0 partners.
Our LinkedIn profile has currently 989 members.
Fit for Health 2.0 Web App for mobile phones and tablets has been developed.
12 international press releases have been published through CORDIS and other relevant websites.
3 Mini-Clips (short videos) have been published for the following webinars: EDCTPII: The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP2) and EDCTPII: From the positive Evaluation Outcome to Contract Signature: Webinar on Grant Agreement Preparation in EDCTP2 projects. The last Mini-Clip has been published for the webinar on "How to maximize your impacts-section in Horizon 2020 projects".

The project was promoted by the consortium at 95 life sciences relevant events, reaching more than 9260 SMEs, researchers and representatives from the scientific community.
One video has been produced and published on our website and 2 more videos have been filmed and are currently edited.
Cooperation activities with related projects were continued (Health-NCP-Net 2.0, Health-2-Market, ENTENTE, Idealist, IPR-Helpdesk, IMI 2.0, EEN, Net4Society and EDCTPII).
Within this period, 4 Consortium Meetings were held in 4 different countries.

Potential Impact:
Fit for Health 2.0 aims to sustainably support SMEs and researchers during the entire innovation cycle and all phases of research projects following the logical and chronologic progression of a RTD project, from the first idea till the market entry and thereby covering each step with dedicated instruments.
SMEs and researchers will be supported in H2020 orientation and in taking a strategic approach to a sustainable participation in H2020-projects through 2 starting and 4 strategy trainings, reaching up to 400 participants. This is accompanied by a continuous mentoring and coaching support which is offered for at least 30 SMEs and which is dealing for example with more specialized questions on IPR, technology transfer or financing issues. A summary of all financing rounds in Europe will be provided twice per year including a top 20 list of investors investing in European health-related SMEs.
To optimally prepare SMEs and academia for successful proposal submission to SC1 calls of H2020 4 onsite proposal writing trainings for 200 applicants in total that are accompanied by 4 virtual trainings for 320 participants are organised. The Fit for Health 2.0 database with 1.000 new quality-checked SME expertise profiles and partner searches, including an automatic matchmaking facility contributes in building competitive consortia. The cooperation between SMEs and academia will be stimulated by 3 partnering days, reaching up to 750 participants by offering a platform to present and meet potential partners on-site. A web-based tool to support effective project management is offered to 15 SMEs and academia.
To train SMEs and academia for successful project implementation 10 on-site trainings individually aligned for running FP7, IMI, and EDCTP projects and those funded in H2020 health-related areas are organised, reaching in dependence of the number of new coordinators up to 900 participants. They are complemented by 8 virtual trainings for up to 640 participants.
200 SMEs and researchers will be supported in exploiting their project results and closing the gap between new scientific knowledge and technology generated by 3 exploitation trainings 1 training is specifically planned for clinical trials implementation. 3 exploitation partnering events, stimulating cooperation between SMEs and academia in joint research projects and for commercialization of results will target up to 450 participants.
Dissemination, promotion and networking activities comprise a user-friendly, attractive website with access to all services, a LinkedIn profile and online customized services, platforms, new media and support items are offered.
Mini-clips that are produced in the webinars and tutorials & fact sheets will support SMEs and researchers through the entire innovation cycle and will be available on the website.
In addition, a web App will be developed. 4 successful SMEs will be put in the spotlight with short videos increasing their visibility to the scientific community and corporate partners.
Optimal networking with related initiatives, e.g. the EEN, the IPR-Helpdesk, NCP networks, clusters and related projects is an important asset of the project.
An essential part of the success of this project is the efficient monitoring and assessment of quality, mirrored in a quality assurance plan. To assure the quality of our activities, guidelines have been developed and quality control plans are being used. Quality has to be assured for internal and external activities by defined quality checks and validation procedures.
Based on general and specific objectives, Fit for Health 2.0 has defined “Key performance indicators”: Up to 1.700 participants will be trained in 24 different on-site trainings and up to 960 in 12 different webinars. The 6 partnering events will involve at least 1.200 participants. 30 SMEs will participate in the mentoring & coaching scheme and 1.000 new SMEs will register in the Fit for Health 2.0 database.

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