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Call for funding 2024 – now open

MedTechLabs announces a call for funding of research programmes in the areas of (1) Precision health and (2) Data-driven healthcare research.The research should be focused on medical technologies with clear clinical applications designed to prevent and treat common diseases or deal with medical needs.

Direct access to the application form: https://www.researchweb.org/is/stockholm/document/260130

Precision health aims to use data about the individual’s biology, lifestyle and environment to prevent, diagnose and treat disease with precision. Recent  advancements in technology and  knowledge mean that medicine now faces new opportunities to quickly obtain large amounts of biological data from patients. Using this information effectively will allow us to achieve molecularly precise diagnoses and thereby tailor individual treatments—i.e. precision medicine. Today, society’s resources are mainly spent on diagnosis and treatment, and very little on prevention. Precision medicine will provide great,cost-effective, and equal opportunities to give more people a long and healthy life.

Data-driven healthcare research:  The “data-driven” concept springs from the modern technological advances that continue to produce mountains of deep, systematic, and comprehensive data.  Researchers that can effectively mine the available data can discover unexpected and unpredictable relationships and develop new clinically useful knowledge. Opportunities for successful and innovative data mining comes from dramatic improvements in computing power, machine learning, AI, and other technologies.

The research programme should clearly describe the health challenge that will be addressed, the approach, how patients will benefit from the research, how the clinical studies and/or trials are expected to be executed, and the respective contribution of the collaborating KI and KTH researchers.

Available funding and deadline

MedTechLabs intends to support one or two programmes in the range of SEK 2–7 million per year and programme, during four to five years. The call opened on April 4th and closes June 11th , 2024. The estimated project start is January 1st, 2025.

Conditions for applying

  • The research should be focused on medical technology with clear applications for preventing and treating widespread disease or to deal with medical needs . Planned clinical studies an/or trials shall be included.
  • The programme must include one director from KI and one from KTH.  Both directors must have a level of activity in the project of no less than 20% of a full-time equivalent and must be employed at least 20% by the respective administrating organisations throughout the grant period. Both programme directors must have at least a docent or Associate Professor title.
  • The application should clearly describe how the programme will support careers for younger researchers.
  • Patient benefit must be clearly stated.
  • Patient participation in the design of studies must be included
  • New applicants and those who previously obtained funding from MedTechLabs can apply. However, programme directors of on-going and completed funded MedTechLabs research programmes cannot apply.

How to apply

Applications will be processed through Region Stockholm’s portal for research applications.  

Funding application instructions, opened on April 4th 2024

Register your application on the registration form

The registration form in the system contains fields for registering details about yourself and information. It is only possible to register persons with a Swedish personal ID number or coordination number. Registered “domicile”: Enter details of the project’s “domicile”, i.e. the clinic or equivalent that will administer the project, and the hospital and department or equivalent to which the clinic belongs. The new Karolinska University Hospital organisation will be inserted into the domicile drop-down menu.