Living Labs and Test Beds
This programme provides the benefits of living labs and test beds to entrepreneurs, so they can develop market-ready products with high added value and a high probability of success. Living labs and test beds are open innovation ecosystems where stakeholders, including healthcare professionals and patients, cooperate on solutions to healthcare challenges. Living labs support the innovation process throughout the different phases of the value chain, including ideation, co-creation, validation and scale-up.
The programme seeks the involvement of start-ups and also encourages living labs and test beds to join the network.
Information for start-ups
Is it for me?
The programme is open to any European start-up, SME, entrepreneur or innovation project that aims to improve their product by validating, co-creating and ideating with the end-user in a real environment.
All organisations seeking to try or improve their products are invited to work with the EIT Health Living Labs Network. It has a wide geographic coverage throughout Europe and wide coverage of thematic areas such as medtech, digital health, biotech, allowing a diverse group of organisations to benefit from the network across Europe.
Companies that apply for this funding should be seeking to develop projects that fit the overall EIT Health objectives of healthy living, active ageing and improved health care. In addition they should be geared towards EIT Health’s Focus Areas.
Eligibility and financial support
Applications are open all year long, and applicant start-ups are distinguished in three categories:
- Those start-ups that indicate that have their own funds or other EIT Health grants (such as Headstart or Bridgehead) to access Living Labs and Test Beds services go in the programme pipeline immediately.
- Start-ups that do not have their own funds and require financial support to accelerate their innovations are able to participate in the Living Labs and Testbeds programme for 20 vouchers that are worth €5 000 each and are awarded in two waves per year.
- Start-ups that have their own funding will be eligible in the competition for vouchers for services, but in case of being a voucher winner, they have to use it in accelerations after the cut-off date of the call for funding and not in services that they were performing prior to the date.
All start-ups and SMEs applying in living lab and testbeds project will be considered eligible for €5 000 vouchers that they can use for support of the programme if:
- They submit an application in English
- The application is complete
- They are not a previously selected Living Labs and Test Beds candidate
- The company is registered, ideally before 2018
- Their registration certificate is uploaded
- They are operating in the EU
- Application via optimy: European start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs interested in utilizing the services of EIT Health Living Lab and Test Bed Network can apply via the EIT Health application platform, hosted by Optimy.
- Analysis of applications and needs: The applications will be analysed by the group of experts from the project consortium who will assess the needs of start-ups and will invite the applicants to EIT Health accelerator platform (Chronus). At this platform, applicants can identify three potential living labs or test beds matching their needs and interests and inform the project coordinators about the selection.
- Matchmaking and contact: In this phase, the project management team will do the matchmaking and establish a connection between the start-up and the most suitable living lab where they can agree upon, define and organize the specific services needed by the start-up and the budget required for it.
- Follow up: Both the living lab or test bed and the start-up will be monitored by the consortium's experts, who will accompany the process. They will also gather information to evaluate the proper functioning of the programme and make necessary improvements.
There is no deadline for start-ups that would like to apply for services with their own funds or with other EIT Health grants.
- Application opens: 1 January 2019
- First wave: 1 January-30 April 2019, 23:59h CET
- Second wave: 1 May to 31 August 2019, 23:59h CET
- Communication of results of the first wave: Last week of July
- Communication of results of the second wave: Last week of October
- Project grant agreements signatures: Maximum two months since the communication of each wave resolution
Start-ups have one calendar year (12 months) since the sub-granting agreement and the service agreement are signed by the start-up and the EIT Health and the start-up and living lab, respectively, for its execution. The duration of the services may last two months at the minimum.
Information for living labs and test beds
To join the EIT Health Living Labs and Test Beds Network and offer your services:
- Follow this link to create a Chronus profile.
- Press the "Join Now" button, fill in the form and accept the Code of Conduct.
- Once step 2 is completed, administrators will review the application.
- If the application is accepted you are already part of the network!
Keep in mind that an attractive, complete and active Chronus profile on the platform is very important when start-ups make the choice to accelerate their innovations!