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German Innovation Fund Launches Next Round of Calls for Research Proposals in New Funding Priority Programs

Correspondent: Isabelle Scholl

The German Federal Joint Committee has announced a call for research proposals focusing on two areas: new and innovative health care models and health services research. The Committee’s Innovation Fund is tasked with financing research that will inform ways to improve the existing statutory health insurance system in Germany between 2016 and 2019. The Fund allocates €300 million each year, of which €225 million are earmarked for evaluations of new and innovative care models and €75 million for health services research. The announcement outlined six priority funding areas for innovative care models including models for vulnerable patients, and four priority areas for health services research including patient safety and quality improvement.

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