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EIT Health – InnoStars awards – 2022

EIT Health is a 'knowledge and innovation community' (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS). It aims at improving health care delivery in Europe and creating a more resilient and dynamic European healthcare system.

25,000 euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Health
Regions Candidate countries, European Union

Eligible countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine, Turkey.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To validate a prototype or MVP in the market
  • To enhance knowledge and extend professional network in the InnoStars Awards programme


Priority 1 – Receive support in realising next steps towards the market and shorten time-to market for products and services.

Priority 2 – Verify the need/benefit of the product/service for users/customers/payers/partners.

Priority 3 – Increase the possibility to attract private investment.


STAGE 1 – INNOSTARS AWARDS AND NAM SELECTION (for NAM selection, only those start-ups are eligible which have active ageing focus)

  • Start-ups will be selected that fit the overall EIT Health InnoStars Awards objectives. Those start-ups that fit NAM Health Longevity Grand Challenge objectives cannot get further financial support from EIT Health.



  • Pitch your business plan to an international jury consisting of healthcare professionals, representatives of EIT Health core industrial partners and market experts
  • Win up to 25,000 euro to launch your product or service, to find first customers and to get in connection with EIT Health Partners from all over Europe
  • Present your success story in the local and European media

Additional information 

  • Projects with a focus on active ageing have the opportunity to enter into the Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge, a global innovation competition founded by the United States National Academy of Medicine (NAM)
  • Initial duration of the action: 4 months


Be a micro- and small enterprise, spin-off or start-up.

  • Amount of the grant for top 20 InnoStars Awards applicants: 25,000 euro to spend on travel and accommodation, individual mentoring and training
  • Amount of the grant for applicants ranked between 21st and 35th by external evaluators: MCN vouchers with 4,000 euro value

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