In the Research European calls, the stiff competition among the best European public and private research organizations, demands an increasing level of scientific excellence. Due to this, only a 10% of submitted proposals are selected to receive funding from the EC. The “Hospital Universitario de Getafe” has coordinated 4 European research projects in Frailty since 2010, with a total funded amount of 21.4 million €, and 25 research groups (from 9 European countries plus the WHO). Two of them have been active in 2013 (MID FRAIL and FRAILOMIC) and the third one started in February 2014 (FRAILCLINIC).
The new European projects related with older adults started in 2014, one is SPRINTT (presented to the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)), and the second is SIMPHS3 CASE STUDIES INTEGRATED CARE (service agreement with the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies). In addition, two other projects related with the area of frailty, ageing, disability and dependency, were selected for funding in 2014 and will start in 2015: ACANTO: A CyberphysicAl social NeTwOrk using robot friends, presented to the call H2020-PHC-2014 – single-stage, and VIVIfy: Promote Physical Exercise in frail elderly presented to the Erasmus+ Program. The total budget of these four projcts is 1.5 M€.
During 2014, our hospital has increased its active participation in several european initiatives in the field of clinical research:
- The European Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing, with a twofold purpose: (1) To establish valuable strategic alliances with some of the most important players in the European research, and (2) To position our hospital in a privileged situation for influencing future policies and research priorities of the European Union in the biomedical field, particulary in those areas more interesting for our hospital.
- Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs). KICs aims to combine the efforts between Academic Institutions (contributing with training and innovation) and companies (contribution with business orientation) in order to face the major challenges in our society. Spain is one of the 6 nodes (“co-location centres”) and Madrid is one of the subnodes. The “Consejería de Sanidad”, supported by the “Viceconsejería de ordenación e investagación”, has collaborated in this initiative supporting the agreement among 7 Biomedical Research Foundations in Madrid under the leadership of FIB HUG.
To sum up, the following figure presents the evolution of research projects of IDIGETAFE from 2010 to 2014.
Although the total number of projects has decreased in 2014, the total budget managed by our Institution has grown significantly due to the European projects funds received.
The number of clinical trials and observational studies active during 2014 has been 111, which is a 9% more than the 2013 total projects.