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The Dr. Daniël De Coninck Fund

August 20, 2018

The role of technology for home care :Call for projects 2018
Support for projects where the individual and the technology support and strengthen each other


Technology is appearing more and more in the assistance and treatment of patients at home. Despite the opportunities offered by technology, there is still a significant gap between the technical possibilities and the tangible uses. Both patients and caregivers only use technical applications very rarely for home care purposes.

Certain technologies are naturally creating a more straightforward progress towards everyday use, whereas for others this is proving more difficult. A few examples of such technologies, which should find a role in home care: telemedecine, automation, robotics, social media, remote care, data recording and monitoring, alarm systems, systems promoting collaboration between parties…

Expectations are high and this level of interest is only going to increase in the coming years. A successful implementation of this technology will require successful collaboration across different parties, a good understanding of the quality and impact of the technology, as well as an integration into a more global vision of high-quality front-line healthcare.

2          SUPPORT

Through this call, the Dr. Daniël De Coninck Fund is supporting implementation projects for which the technology is supporting care and treatment, better fulfilling the complex needs for patients being cared for in their home. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of care.

The Fund will support projects which meet the following three criteria:

–           Utilise an existing or new technology for caring for the home care of patients;

–           Measure the impact on the quality of care;

–           Involve the users, be they patients or professional or casual caregivers, in the project.

Who is this tender aimed at?

  • This is an open tender, aimed at:
    •  Individuals and organisations within the Home Care sector,
    •  Doctors working together
    •  Patient organisations,
    •  Local organisations / individuals,
    •  Social enterprises,
    •  Universities and Academic institutions (for action research),
    •  Hospitals (in the context of hospital treatments at home)

Commercial organisations can be involved in the project. We will prioritise partners who combine areas of expertise and represent different perspectives: patients, healthcare professionals, businesses and researchers. At least one of the partners utilises the technology or will implement it within their organisation.

Selection Criteria

  • Contribution to quality of care:
    • Impact on the quality of life of the patient at home (patient-friendliness, safety, improved autonomy, interaction with caregivers)
    • Impact on the quality of the caregivers work (effectiveness, interaction with the patient, safety, efficiency, autonomy…)
  • The desire of the project sponsor to integrate the technology in their sector/organisation as part of an overarching policy to provide more inclusive and caring healthcare treatments.
  • The responses to ethical issues raised by the implementation of this project.
  • The project process and the manner in which the parties involved will participate and work together.
  • Affordability, regardless of personal and social aspects (a particular focus on vulnerable groups).
  • The robustness of the evaluation of both quality and impact (method, criteria and indicators used).
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • The level of guarantee that the partner(s) will carry out a successful implementation.
  • The level of focus on the cross-compatibility of the technologies used.
  • The scalability potential of the technology


Organisations which develop a project can receive financial support up to a maximum of 100,000 EUR. The jury will determine the exact amount, based upon the expected results and a detailed budget.


If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please complete an online application on the Fondation Roi Baudouin website: www.kbs-frb.be. Your application must reach us by 20 August 2018. Applicants will receive a confirmation of their submission.

The applications will be submitted to an independent jury. Selected candidates may be invited to an interview with the jury, if deemed appropriate.


  • Application submission 20/08/2018
  • Publication of results: November 2018


General and technical questions can be submitted to the Contact Centre – 02-500 45 55 – proj@frb-frb.be

For more specific enquiries, please contact:

  • Bénédicte Gombault– 02-549-02 72 – gombault.b@kbs-frb.be
  • Tinne Vandensande– 02-549 02 75 – vandensande.t@kbs-frb.be

The Dr. Daniël De Coninck Fund

The Dr. Daniël De Coninck Fund supports and develops initiatives to improve the quality of life, and health, of people requiring care at home. The Fund wishes to contribute to first line healthcare which is affordable, caring, and of high quality.  Regional, national or international initiatives may also be eligible for support from the Fund.


August 20, 2018
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