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Call for Proposals: action grants on Facilitating Organ Paired Exchange (HS-g-23-51)
EU4Health programme 2021-2027
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This action is part of the “Health Systems and Healthcare Workforce” strand, and it will contribute to “strengthening the implementation of the legislation on blood, tissues and cells and organs”. More specifically, this action will support harmonisation across national competent authorities in the field of organs.
This action implements the EU4Health Programme’s general objective of improving the availability, accessibility and affordability of medicinal products and medical devices, and crisis-relevant products in the Union, and supporting innovation regarding such products (Article 3, point (c) of Regulation (EU) 2021/522) through the specific objectives defined in Article 4, points (c) and (h), of Regulation (EU) 2021/522.
This action will apply the common algorithm for matching donor-patient pairs, among the participants and will develop its application.
Expected effects and impacts
The results are the following:
a) a joint cross-EU allocation system to facilitate Organ Paired Exchange on kidney transplants;
b) development, agreement and use of common protocols, platforms and guidelines to increase the opportunities for patients looking for a kidney transplant;
c) More transplants and better treatment options for patients and increase their quality of life.
The action will contribute to the recovery after the COVID-19 crisis which led to a significant amount of missed donations and transplant opportunities.
This action will apply the common algorithm for matching donor-patient pairs, among the participants and will develop its application by:
a) developing the modalities for participating to the cross-border exchange schemes, including agreement and uptake by the different national allocation offices;
b) feeding the algorithm with harmonised pair data via a common IT platform between participants;
c) developing common support protocols among participants, covering all related aspects like oversight, governance, funding, follow-up of donors and patients, in order to allow that transplantations are taking place.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Island (Ísland), Norway (Norge), Ukraine (Україна)
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University
Applications may be either by a single applicant or a consortium (no minimum requirement).
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs
- eligible non-EU countries: listed EEA countries and countries associated to the EU4Health Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
Other entities may participate in other consortium roles, such as associated partners, subcontractors, third parties giving in-kind contributions, etc.
Natural persons — Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).
International organisations — International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).
European Reference Networks (ERNs) — These cover networks between healthcare providers and centres of expertise in the Member States to reinforce healthcare cooperation, in particular in the area of rare diseases, in line with the objectives set out in Article 12 of Directive 2011/24.
other eligibility criteria
Specific mandatory deliverables and/or milestones
Mandatory deliverables/milestones apart from those listed already in the call text (project website, project leaflet, common support protocols):
- Improved IT platform for matching donor-patient pairs and protocols for feeding and using it, based on testing/experiences by several Member States’ allocation offices;
- Operational and financial plan, including governance plan for the sustainable use of the IT platform;
- Guidelines for effective implementation, at national level, and participating to a cross-border exchange scheme for kidney transplants (when enrolment of donor-recipient pairs is allowed by national legislation);
- Website and leaflet to disseminate and exchange good practices.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
between 12 and 36 months
The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (60%). You can apply for a higher project funding rate (80%) if your project is of ‘exceptional utility’, i.e. concerns:
- actions where at least 30 % of the budget is allocated to Member States whose GNI per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU average or
- actions with bodies from at least 14 Member States and where at least four are from Member States whose GNI per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU average.
Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible. Proposals (including annexes and supporting documents) must be submitted using the forms provided inside the Submission System.
Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:
- Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
- Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
- mandatory annexes and supporting documents (templates available to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed, assembled and re-uploaded):
- detailed budget table/calculator
- CVs (standard) of core project team
- list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B)