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This page centralizes the latest news related to the COVID-19 crisis
(economic measures, initiatives, platforms for needs and solutions, …).

It will be updated regularly, stay tuned !

Economic Measures (Regional and Federal)

1819, the leading information service for Brussels entrepreneurs, coordinates and distributes all the information likely to be of help to the Brussels entrepreneurs.

You will find answers to the following categories:

  1. Measures taken by the authorities
  2. Assistance for companies, retailers and the self-employed
  3. Employer – employee relations
  4. Operation of the company
  5. Health advice
  6. Useful telephone numbers and websites providing information

https://1819.brussels/en/blog/coronavirus-faq-entrepreneurs

Of course, you can also call the service directly by dialling “1819”. Exceptionally you can reach us every day from 9 am to 5 pm.

Check www.primecovid.brussels to know if you can benefit from the 4.000€ lump sum of the Brussels-Capital Region.

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 Belgian directives, circular and guidelines for medical devices during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis

Initiatives and platforms

CRITICAL PRODUCTS: if you are able to provide critical products or if you are in need of, a new governmental web-applications is now available. Please use and share !

If you have critical products to offer/sell

FR: https://apps.digital.belgium.be/forms/show_/covid/offering/latest?lng=fr

NL: https://apps.digital.belgium.be/forms/show_/covid/offering/latest?lng=nl

 

If you need critical products to protect your employees during essential interventions, inside or outside an hospital environment

FR: https://apps.digital.belgium.be/forms/show_/covid/request/latest?lng=fr

NL: https://apps.digital.belgium.be/forms/show_/covid/request/latest?lng=nl

We would recommend to inform the authorities in case you don’t find private ways to source these products.

If you have a solution that can be useful for healthcare practitioners, hospitals, nurses, patients, industrials,.. dealing with Covid-19, do not hesitate to send us an email.

Stay tuned, all these solutions are collected here on our website

We are pleased to join the Need4Health platform initiated by WeLL Living Lab. Let’s use this platform to centralize the solutions and needs related to the covid-19 crisis. The objective is not only to share innovative solutions, but to link them with the needs of the COVID fighters.

Yes, we are in a crisis. But in this ocean of depression, rather than moping over the horrible timing of the launch of its crowdfunding campaign, Startup Vie has decided to highlight Belgian startups that offer concrete and free solutions to help families, the self-employed and larger companies, hospitals and schools alike, to overcome the impact that Covid-19 has left in its wake.

➡️To support the creation of this 100% startup media and see its incredible launch video-> https://www.spreds.com

➡️To know what Belgian startups are doing to help overcome COVID is here: https://www.startupvie.co/ 

StartupsXCovid19 Partners:

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Following the Covid-19 crisis, more and more Mobile Health initiatives are emerging. New apps are developed or existing apps are supplemented with specific functions. Platforms for remote care services are also launched. These developments are monitored and, if necessary, led by the Task Force ‘Data & Technology against Corona’.

More info and application

eHealth Hub is looking for digital solutions to fight Coronavirus.

They will share them with the European Commission and European healthcare providers.

They have been asked to gather technologies already available in the market and that can help to manage the healthcare crisis that Coronavirus has created. Examples include telemedicine, diagnostics or patients follow-up.

All the solutions are being gathered in their free eCatalogue: eHealth Hub Platform, the map of European eHealth. They have created the tag #Coronavirus so that the authorities and health organizations that are interested can find you in a single click.

 

I have a digital solution that can help. What should I do?

Go to the eHealth Hub Platform (click here)

  • If you already have a profile, update it (go to step 2)
  • If your profile exists, but you have not claimed it yet, click ‘claim your profile’ and update it as desired.
  • If you don’t have a profile, create one. It’s quick and easy.

Let this open source initiative (by Prof. Dr. JL Gala /the University Hospital Saint-Luc) inspire governments and organizations to be generous and show solidarity. Together, we will find a solution.

Actually available on this site, info about :

  • Mask covers FFP2
    This model was used for the production of mask covers at the University Hospital Saint-Luc, Belgium
  • Masks for citizens
    This model can be used by everybody to create their own mask.
  • Mask covers FFP3
    This model was used for the production of mask covers at the University Hospital Saint-Luc, Belgium
  • Sterilization procedure for masks
    Links to Universities and/or hospitals who have shared their procedures open source.

Discover the platform: https://www.opensourceagainstcovid19.org/

Funding

During this exceptional period innoviris has decided to make a number of adjustments to their procedures and to carry out a slight rearrangement of their annual calendar:

https://innoviris.brussels/news/adjustments-procedures-related-coronaviris

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Innoviris aims to encourage and support research and industrial innovation to tackle this health crisis without precedent.

This programme is intended for R&D projects targeting the Covid virus in the following areas:

  • Vaccines
  • Drugs and Treatments
  • Medical Devices
  • Manufacturers and medical equipment/hospital facilities (including ventilators, protective clothing, diagnostic equipment, disinfectants and their intermediate products)

The aid will be granted in accordance with Commission Communication 2020/C 112 I/01 on the amendment of the temporary framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the context of the current VIDOC outbreak-19.

More info: https://innoviris.brussels/rd-project-covid-19 or contact: Aiko Gryspeirt, Scientific Advisor at Innoviris

HSMonitor is a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) project investing in Research and Development (R&D) services towards innovative ICT-enabled monitoring solutions to improve health status and optimise hypertension care. HSMonitor is led by a consortium of healthcare public buyers (see consortium here). A joint call for tenders will be issued in Summer for buying R&D services from solution developers.

In preparation for the PCP Call for Tenders expected in late summer 2020, an Open Market Consultation (OMC) with potential tenderers and end-users will be held to broach the views of the market about our scope.

FUNDING: budget committed to the action:

  • €693,000 (Phase I – Concept design, solution architecture and technical specifications)
  • €1,386,000 (Phase II – Development of prototype systems in two iterations)

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: any SME providing relevant solution to the consortium

REGISTER HERE

DigitalHealthEurope’s twinning programme is a support mechanism for scaling up innovative digital solutions. Twinnings are used as a mechanism for accelerating fulfilment of the European Commission’s priorities, by enabling the transfer of innovative solutions from one European region or country to another. It supports many different types of Europe’s quadruple helix stakeholders: industry, civil society, academia and governments.

Twinning Activities may include, for example, hosting meetings, organising technical groups, travelling, acquiring licenses, paying fees for professional services. Twinnings typically last up to ten months, depending on complexity and Twinning Type.

The solutions to test/to adopt must be related to one of the three following priorities:

  • citizens’ secure access to and sharing of health data across borders
  • better data to advance research, disease prevention and personalised health and care
  • digital tools for citizen empowerment and person-centred care

WHAT: for three types of twinning:

  • 13 grants of €5000 for knowledge exchange & training
  • 7  grants of €17000 for partial adoption
  • 5  grants of €43000 for full adoption

FOR WHO: collaborations involving a) public and private agencies (lead applicant must be a non-profit); b) public agencies; or c) private non-profit agencies

WHEN: submission deadline – 22/05/2020

MORE INFO AND APPLICATION

The Technology Transfer Experiment call is meant to provide financial support for eligible pan-European cross-border collaboation projects tailored to the five main application areas:

 

  • Diagnostic Robotics
  • Interventional Robotics
  • Rehabilitation Robotics
  • Robotics supporting Patients
  • Robotics supporting Healthcare Professionals

 

Major aim of this call is to stimulate the transfer of innovative technology from outsid e the robotics and healthcare domains, to solve unanswered clinical questions

Proposals must clearly state the clinical relevance of and demand for this solution, have a clear linkage to the end-user and should make use of the expertise / services of the DIHHERO network

 

FUNDING: up to €200,000 grant

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: A consortium must at least consist of:

1 SME/ slightly larger company and 1 end-user from 2 different countries or

2 SMEs/ slightly larger companies from 2 different countries

APPLY HERE

XR4ALL is a project funded under Horizon 2020 to support XR solutions. XR4ALL has launched a call for proposals to select and provide financial support to develop new XR solutions (e.g. plugins for games engines such as Unity, low level components based on open APIs, standards, and frameworks such as SolAR, any XR Application or hardware).

Funded projects will get access to the XR developers platform (a wide range of tools to support the development of XR components using a methodology inspired by DevOps), which they can use to develop their application.

XR4ALL expects the funded projects to publish their solution on the XR solutions catalogue as a measure to ensure they exploit the results of their project

 

FUNDING:

Phase1 – concept validation (2 months): up to €10,000 per project

Phase 2 – Development and integration (4 months): up to €40,000

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: XR research teams from organisations such as SMEs, industry, research institutions, and academia

APPLY HERE

Impact Ed-tech is a project funded under Horizon 2020 designed for EdTech start-ups/SMEs to break the barriers to education and enhance learning experiences in a new era of human-centered digital education.

The ultimate goal is to support European start-ups/SMEs to move from promising prototypes towards viable products. We will set up an EdTech-specific incubation environment offering both business & access-to-market support and access to an education ecosystem.

FUNDING:

  • Light support to for pitch competition (€1800)
  • Incubation programme (up to €73,500 lumpsum + €10,000 service voucher)
  • Acceleration programme (up to €90,000 lumpsum +€20,000 service voucher)

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: any solution developer / SME developing a solution in the field

APPLY HERE

The French Foundation for Rare diseases, together with the European Joint Partnership on Rare diseases and Rare Diseases Europe, are launching a call for proposals to:

  1. Solve specific research challenges in the field of therapeutic development for rare diseases;
  2. Facilitate and fund collaborative projects between industry, academia, SMEs and PAOs.

Four challenges have been selected:

  • Challenge 1: Development of a non-invasive tool for measuring rare disease patient mobility in daily living
  • Challenge 2: Delivery system for intranasal administration of biological drugs to neonates
  • Challenge 3: Characterize Rare Bone Disorders (RBD) Mobility Challenges in Real World Setting
  • Challenge 4: Pre-clinical assay to detect instability of microsatellite repeat expansions INDUSTRY SPONSOR.

 

FUNDING: 1 project funded per project.

  • 575.000€ for Challenge 1
  • 487.500€ for Challenge 2
  • 487.500€ for Challenge 3
  • 487.500€ for Challenge 4

WHO: Academics, SMEs, Patients organisations – Need for a consortium of 2-6 partners

Where to find partners: https://rdr-networking-2020.b2match.io/

APPLY HERE

DIGI-B-CUBE is a project funded under Horizon 2020 programme, offering support to SMEs operating in the health, medicine, biotech, biopharma, IT or related sectors to combine potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cognitive Computing Digital Technologies (CCDT) and Bioimaging-Biosensing-Biobanking.

FUNDING:

  • Prototyping voucher: support to prototype or conceptualise a solution for a digitalisation challenge in the Medical Diagnostics and related value chains. Consortia consisting of minimum two SMEs and maximum three organisations from at least two different sectors will be funded.

Up to € up to €20,000 per SME; up to €60,000 per project

  • Customised Solution Innovation Voucher: support to jointly develop a novel product/ service based on an existing proven concept that addresses a digitalisation challenge in the Medical Diagnostics and related value chains. Consortia consisting of minimum two SMEs from at least two different sectors will be funded.

up to €50,000 per SME; up to €150,000 per project

DEADLINE: 29 July 2020

APPLYHERE

Ambiant assisted living (AAL) is a European programme funding projects for the benefit of older adults’ inclusion and well-being. AAL program has issued the call for proposals “Healthy Aging with the support of digital solutions.

FUNDING:

€300,000 (small collaborative projects)

2.5/5 €M (collaborative projects)

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: details HERE

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 24/08/2020

APPLY HERE

The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) is a Horizon 2020 project designed to have significant impact on some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges. The objective of the ESCF is to bring together public and private resources to improve social services to enable people who need support to live as valued and participating members of their communities.

ESCF welcomes applications that meets Covid-19 crisis challenge by finding the best evidence-based innovations to reach those in need in several areas across Europe.

WHAT: €100,000 per selected project, minimum 6 selected

FOR WHO: collaborations involving a) public and private agencies (lead applicant must be a non-profit); b) public agencies; or c) private non-profit agencies

DEADLINE UPDATE: The new deadline for applications is 11th September 2020. Please download the updated call for applications or visit www.euscf.eu/apply. All revised key dates are listed. The ESCF is poised to identify proven social service innovations across Europe and provide financial and non-financial support to develop plans for them to scale. In the post COVID-19 context it will be even more important to have such plans ready for scaling to meet the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens. Therefore, we want to give the best chance for applications to be of a high quality.

AMable (project funded under Horizon 2020 programme) opened a call that aims to support ideas that help against shortages in products, problems in medical care and other issues that affect our social life and the economic environment.

The selection of such proposals will be done quickly and support of up to 10.000 Euros will go to the applicant to experiment on the realisation of the “solution idea”. Experts from the consortium will actively support the activity to jump start and accelerate the work.

A selection of “challenges

FUNDING: 10,000€ per project

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: any solution developer / SME developing a solution in the field

APPLY HERE

European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is an ideal tool to respond to public emergencies such as the COVID-19 virus by

(1) opening up scientific data on the virus,

(2) sharing live on-the-ground data on the spread of the virus, as well as software, standards and processes for monitoring COVID-19 treatment and development,

(3) accessing and combining this data not only to eradicate the virus but learn how to deal with similar viruses and future outbreaks,

(4) assessing the validity of epidemic information in relation to the virus by ensuring that its sources can be traced and verified.

 

EOSC Secretariat responds to this clear need for stakeholder engagement by introducing funding opportunities that will be fast-tracked at this challenging time for us all.

 

Activities and actions that deploy open science methods and resources and make use of the EOSC

communities in order to address COVID-19 related issues. Indicatively, these could be:

– Opening up virus related research and data

– Sharing of infrastructures and services

– Developing open design equipment for fighting COVID-19

– Sharing sampling test methodologies and data

– Developing open methodologies, services, software and infrastructures for sharing data, practices and knowledge in relation to the development and treatment of COVID-19

– Developing open science methodologies for monitoring the spread of COVID-19 – Developing open-science / evidence-based methodologies for the development of epidemic combating policies

– Accessing and combining open data not only to eradicate the virus but learn how to deal with similar viruses and future outbreaks

– Assessing the validity of epidemic information in relation to the virus by ensuring that its sources can be traced and verified – Other open science activities/ actions related to the fighting of epidemics and pandemics

 

FUNDING: up to €45,000 grant

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: any legal entity (academics, SMEs, NGOs…) developing solutions relevant to the scope of the call.

APPLY HERE

European recommendations, measures and initiatives

Following the rapid development and transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, EU Member States are facing shortages of products.

To obtain a better overview of Covid-19 related medical equipment in the market place on a European level, the European Commission has created a platform where companies can provide specific details about their products.

This form collects the offers of medical equipment from companies. This data will be used to facilitate the matching of available offers with needs of Member States and participating countries.

How to submit a new form?

Note: if you are not logged in already, you will need to authenticate with your EU Login
(you can find more information about how to create a EU Login account, here)
➱In the SANTE Data Collection Platform, select “COVID-19 Clearing House”

Do you need further assistance?

Please find here a Quick User Guide for the form.
In urgent cases only, contact the help desk at the following email: SANTE-SDCP@ec.europa.eu

European standards for medical supplies are freely available to facilitate increase of production.

In this context, we are pleased to inform you that CEN and CENELEC, in collaboration with all their members, have agreed to immediately make available a number of European standards for medical devices and personal protective equipment. This action will help companies willing to manufacture these items to swiftly start production and place products on the internal market more easily while ensuring a high degree of safety. For more details, please consult: www.ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_502

European standards for medical supplies freely available

The European Commission postpones application of the Medical Devices Regulation to prioritise the fight against coronavirus. Discover here the press release.

In the context of the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has issued guidance for the production of:

1) masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE):

https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/40521

2) leave-on hand cleaners and hand disinfectants:

https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/40523

3) 3D printing:

https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/40522

The objective is to assist manufacturers in ramping up production of essential medical equipment and material in three areas.

These documents also aim to assist manufacturers and market surveillance authorities in making sure these products comply with necessary safety standards and are effective.

A guidance on medical devices will also be made available within the coming days. Stay tuned. 

Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from non-EU countries

The Healthcare Group of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) set up a virtual matchmaking platform to complement national and local initiatives to co-develop and adopt solutions against Covid-19

Have a look HERE and submit your solution to the market place.

FOR WHO: solution developers (startups, companies, researchers….) and solution seekers (hospitals, Public buyers, startups/companies looking for co-developers…)

PRACTICAL DETAILS: Free of charge, open until November.

MORE INFO: Frederic Suche, EEN & NCP advisor for (e)-Health

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  1. Check here the EU coordinated response to coronavirus
  2. Check here EU initiatives for companies and innovators. It includes information on :
  • Free access to CEN standards
  • Clinical management support system
  • Intiatives for collaboration in AI and robotics
  • Announcements from public investors (EIB/EIF, etc.)
  • Etc.

ERAvsCorona

The EU set a European data exchange platform for SARS-CoV-2 and coronavirus-related information exchange, connected to the European Open Science Cloud. This will allow quick sharing of research data and results to accelerate discovery

More info: https://www.covid19dataportal.org/