Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS)


Judit Hegedus
Project Manager
EIT Health InnoStars

Major Milestones

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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) established the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) to increase the innovation capacity in areas of Europe not directly benefitting from the activities of EIT Health and other EIT Knowledge and Information Communities (KICs).

In keeping with this mission, EIT Health's RIS is designed to close the gap between regions that are leaders in healthcare innovation and areas that have more moderate innovation. The goal is to help citizens in less developed European countries enjoy the benefits of innovation – and have access to new products and services supporting active aging and healthy living.

Objectives

In 2018, EIT Health RIS activities will focus on two main areas of action:

  • the involvement of RIS stakeholders in EIT Health programmes;
  • the development of local innovation ecosystems in RIS regions, through the dissemination of the knowledge triangle integration model. 

We address the gaps between EIT Health's network of Co-location Centres (CLCs) and RIS regions by opening up EIT Health education and business creation programmes for RIS entities, as a way to support the market introduction of new products and services.

We seek to strengthen local innovation ecosystems and contribute to innovation project development by providing the opportunity and necessary tools and methods for RIS stakeholders to:

  • participate in Knowledge Triangle Integration (KTI) workshops, to learn how to bring together local actors from the areas of research, education and business;
  • learn best practices from CLCs;
  • develop local strategies;
  • identify unique assets and funding oportunities
  • take part in networking events.

The whole RIS program will support learning and adaptation of best practices. Knowledge will flow from CLCs to InnoStars members within EIT Health, who translate this knowledge to local environments with moderate innovation capacities and transfer this adapted and tailor-made knowledge to RIS regions.

Target Group

RIS will be implemented together with competitively selected Partners in NUTS 2 level regions of RIS eligible countries. Geographical coverage is extended gradually year-by-year. RIS 2018 will provide an opportunity for all important stakeholders of ten RIS regions to be engaged with the EIT Health network and activities. Specific target groups include: students, PhDs, innovators, entrepreneurs, professionals, executives, start-ups, SMEs, companies, municipalities, citizens, patients and healthcare providers.

Calendar

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RIS News

RIS Hubs in Croatia, Czech Republic and Latvia join network

Three new EIT RIS hubs – in Croatia, Czech Republic and Latvia – joined the EIT Health network as of 1 December 2018 to work on strengthening local innovation ecosystems.
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First RIS Hub KTI Workshop

The workshop provided participants with the opportunity to meet each other and share their current activities, experiences and everyday challenges. In particular, both sides were able to discuss issues faced by universities in partnering with research ...
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EIT Health Smart-Up Lab 2018

Designed to support the creation of innovative business initiatives in the healthcare sector, Smart-Up Lab is based on the E-Lab concept and enables students to collaborate in small groups on major health challenges. The Lab was launched thanks to the ...
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Medical University of Gdańsk promotes EIT Health

On 7 June, Medical University of Gdańsk (MUG) in Poland hosted the Health-Conscience Consumers Conference with the Polish State Sanitary Inspection department.
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Call for EIT Health Hub within EIT RIS 2018: Bulgaria

Call for organisations in Bulgaria to cooperate with EIT Health as EIT Health Hub within the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme 2018.
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RIS Hub Summit in Budapest

Representatives of the ten Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) hubs and EIT Health InnoStars colleagues met in Budapest on 10 May. The gathering served as onboarding for eight new RIS hubs and aimed to strengthen the EIT Health network, as well as to pro ...
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Seven new RIS hubs to help EIT Health build innovation ecosystems

Seven new Hubs were chosen from among companies, universities and institutes to cooperate with EIT Health in operating the Regional Innovation Scheme, which helps to increase the innovation capacity in areas of Europe not directly benefitting from the ...
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Call opens for EIT Health Hubs in Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) countries

EIT Health is inviting legal entities from ten countries and regions that are less frequently involved in our activities to apply to become EIT Health Hubs within the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) programme 2018.
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Competition and coaching programme for Life Sciences businesses

On 20 August, a special selection committee will choose three life science start-ups from Latvia and three more from Estonia to participate in mentoring and coaching sessions. The competition and coaching sessions will be organised by the University o ...
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Citizen Toolkit testing at 3 Days of Health event

On 5 – 8 July, Freshblood hosted a Citizen Toolkit Testing event titled 3 Zile de Sanatate (3 Days of Health), an annual event organised by the Young Doctors Organisation promoting healthcare and engaging the regional community.
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EIT Health and FreshBlood’s MedTech Innovation Day at SSIMA

EIT Health and Freshblood partnered on a satellite event at this year’s International Summer School on Imaging for Medical Application (SSIMA), hosted in Sibiu on 3 July.
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EIT Health RIS Hub and FreshBlood participate in Summer Schools

EIT Health RIS Hub and FreshBlood were delighted to participate during the July Summer Schools at the Polytechnic Universities of Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest to talk about innovation in healthcare, get answers their questions on the sector and take part ...
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Joint Healthcare Start-up Bootcamp in Cluj, Romania

EIT Health InnoStars co-organised the first Bootcamp in Romania dedicated to healthcare start-ups on 12-13 July 2018 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in cooperation with FreshBlood, Medical University of Cluj-Napoca, ASAIH, and EIT Health InnoStars.
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Workshops and networking events organised by RIS Hubs

On 26 October, the EIT Health RIS Hub - Consorzio ARCA - organised the Linux Day on Life Science: Technology in the health sector. It was an event dedicated to companies and the theme was Open Source Health and Privacy. The event was organised as part ...
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University of Évora invests in the expansion of its Science and Technology Park

The University of Évora, part of the RIS Hub, has announced a € 6 million plan to expand Alentejo’s Science and Technology Park (PACT), including a dedicated area for healthcare start-ups.
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MUG Recruits nine start-ups for Accelerator programmes

The team of the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) from MUG recruited nine start-ups for different InnoStars Accelerator Programmes – six for European Health Catapult, two for HeadStart Funding and one for the InnoStars Awards.
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A KTI workshop with Porto RIS Hub

On 20 July, our RIS Hub in Porto hosted a KTI workshop in Coimbra, bringing together healthcare representatives and stakeholders from both regions to discuss and debate several topics related to innovation in the sector.
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The University of Porto meets UC Berkeley

As a result of the increasingly close relations between University of Porto (part of the RIS Hub) and UC Berkeley, U. of Porto Innovation hosted a “Leadership Week” between 8-14 July. This event included a visiting programme, workshops and classes rel ...
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The University of Porto’s spin-off wins the Lisbon Summit award

TonicApp, a spin-off from the University of Porto (part of the RIS Hub), won the first prize in the Lisbon Summit competition.
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University of Porto's technology will help improve spermatozoa quality

With the global fertility rate decreasing, there is a growing demand for fertility treatments. The University of Porto (part of the RIS Hub) has developed a new solution to this problem.
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