A call to preserve the existing Horizon Europe budget and put forward ten recommendations to strengthen EU health research.
Academic and industry leaders supporting the LifeTime initiative have called members of the European Union into action with the call “Make EU health research count!”. The call, that is the outcome of the recent “LifeTime meets industry” event held in Basel, until now has been signed by more than 600 researchers and 68 organisations . Leaders in the core technologies of the LifeTime initiative (single cell, personalised disease models, artificial intelligence and machine learning) met with representatives from the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and 40 companies across different sectors (multi-omics, single-cell analysis, imaging, IT/data science, pharma/biotech, and diagnostics).
Europe needs significant, coordinated and balanced investment programs to close the gap that the discontinuation of the FET-Flagship program has left in the European research funding landscape. Long-term large-scale research initiatives have the potential to overcome the healthcare challenges that Europe is facing. They integrate efforts within the public and private sector, create synergies and offer sustainable transformative solutions thereby releasing Horizon Europe’s full potential to the benefit of Europe’s economy and citizens’ health.
The LifeTime call for action issued ten recommendations, urging decision makers to take measures that bolster the complete cycle of innovation from discovery to implementation. Innovative, evidence-based solutions can only be realised on the basis of a substantial budget under Horizon Europe. This budget – which is under threat – is urgently needed in its full amount. Only if the EU members commit to a strong Horizon Europe, will we be able to advance EU health research. With healthcare being a cornerstone for security, freedom, growth and social developments, it is now time to take action. Companies from multiple sectors and EFPIA have joined scientists and clinicians all across Europe and signed this call.
LifeTime coordinators Geneviève Almouzni and Nikolaus Rajewsky are delighted that so many companies support the LifeTime vision: “It is reassuring to see the public and private sectors united in their concern about the budget and implementation of Horizon Europe. This call is a strong message to convince the EU council and European finance ministers of the importance to preserve and even increase investment in health research”.
Read the ten recommendations to make EU health research count here