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Conference Grants Offered to ITC* PhD Students and Early Career Investigators

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Encouraged by their success as a launching pad for researchers from less research-intensive countries, COST have initiated a new funding category which supports researchers from ITC Countries** with a fixed grant to attend Science and Technology related conferences. Any e-COST user who is a PhD student or an Early Career Investigator (ECI) and is affiliated with an institution located in an ITC country participating in the Action can submit an application request for an ITC Conference Grant. The application must be submitted at least 45 days before the conference start date. Please see the official call below.
**The following countries are considered by COST to be Inclusiveness Target Countries:
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey
Start of Call Message
COST Action TD1405 ENJECT invites PhD Students and ECI Researchers from Participating ITC** countries to submit applications for the first call of Grant Period 3 for ITC Grant Funding which can occur up until 31 March 2018. Applications must be submitted at least 45 days before the conference start date to be eligible. 
 
The applicant must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow.
**The following countries are considered by COST to be Inclusiveness Target Countries:
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey
Purpose of the ITC Grants 
Conference Grants are aimed at supporting PhD students and ECI researchers from Participating ITC to attend international science and technology related conferences not specifically organised by the COST Action.
The following eligibility criteria applies:
1. Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students and ECI’s with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC.
2. The applicant must make an oral/poster presentation at the conference in question and must be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the oral presentation / poster presentation / speech at the approved conference must be on the topic of the Action and must acknowledge COST (protocol will be distributed to candidates upon selection).
3. The participation of each applicant must be pre-approved by the Action MC. Attendance at European conferences is preferred. However, conferences held elsewhere can also be considered.
 
Financial Support​
A Conference Grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the application by the delegated person(s).
Conference Grants do not necessarily cover all of the expenses related to participating in a given conference. A Conference Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the selected Grantee.
The calculation of the financial contribution for each Conference Grant must respect the following criteria:
Up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant;
Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.
Up to a maximum of EUR 500 can be claimed for the conference fees to be incurred by the selected Grantee.
In addition when meal and accommodation expenses are supported by the hosting institution as part of the provisions offered in their conference package, the amount for subsistence afforded to each eligible participant must be deducted from the Grant. Documentary evidence of the conference fee amount must be provided by the applicant and must be archived by the Grant Holder along with the relevant administrative documents.
Evaluation Criteria

·         PhD student and ECI Researcher status

·         Articulated benefit from attending the conference for which funding is requested with regards to personal development and contribution to ENJECT’s scientific mission

·         CV and educational details

Requirements of the ITC Grant Awardee
The Grantee has 30 calendar days from the end date of the Conference in question to submit a scientific report to the Action Chair (or Vice-Chair if the Action Chair is affiliated to the Grant Holder Institution) and the Action’s Grant Holder. Payment of the Grant is subject to the submitted scientific report being approved by the Action Chair (or
Vice-Chair if the Action Chair is affiliated to the Grant Holder Institution). Written approval of the submitted scientific report must be sent to the Grant Holder for archiving purposes.​
Posted by Enject Editor on 15th August 2017

Travel Grants Available for Connected Health Research

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COST Action TD 1405 ENJECT invites researchers from participating COST Countries to submit applications for the 1st Call of the Grant Period for Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) Applications for missions occurring between 22nd September 2017​ and 26th March 2018.

Purpose of a STSM

STSMs are aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing Researchers participating in a given COST Action to visit an Institution/Organisation in another Participating COST country/an approved NNC institution or an approved IPC institution. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques and to gain access to specific data, instruments, and/or methods not available in their own institutions/organisations.

An overview of STSMs and their requirements can be found at the link below:

Overview of STSMs

Please see an outline of the application process at the following link:

Application Process

The following theme is applicable to applications for this round of STSMs.

Technology Needs and Constraints for Pervasive Connected Health

Following a period of intensive innovation in the area of Connected Health (CH) technology which has resulted in a range of scientific and commercial outputs, including standards, technologies, and best practices, the CH movement is now at a plateau stage where an understanding needs to be developed of how to address the lingering issues that continue to impede the progress of many initiatives from idea to market. These issues may range from technical (size, power consumption, lack of reliability) to algorithmic (diagnostic quality, robustness) and contextual (safety, security, lack of metrics) to workflow ones (user experience, evaluation quality) to business models (reimbursement, value inversion from sickness to wellness, payer/user divides).

The goal for our STSMs in the next phase of ENJECT is to develop an exhaustive list of current issues in CH, detailing their specifics and pointing out possible solutions as a starting point for discussion. This should be supported by testimonies of a full range of stakeholders (e.g. healthcare providers, patients, carers, and researchers in academia and industry). Of particular interest are examples of existing products which, for some reason, are not going to market, or examples of specific healthcare practices or treatments which are not yet possible because of concrete technological limitations. This work should enable us to construct a road-map for the next stage of development in CH by laying out the technical, commercial, and governance mechanisms that are needed for the continuing growth of CH.

Deadline for applications to be submitted: 8th September 2017

Notification of application outcome: 15th September 2017

Period of STSM: 22nd September 2017​ and 26th March 2018

All STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the period specified above.

Please note that the application page has been integrated in e-COST allowing the future STSM applicants to create a complete e-COST profile at the same time as their STSM application. This will help the applicants to download their Grant Notification Letter as soon as the application is approved.

STSM applications can now be made by clicking on the following link:

https://e-services.cost.eu/STSM

If you have any questions relating to an STSM application, please contact STSM co-ordinator, Kristina Drusany Staric (drusany@yahoo.com) or Jennifer (enject@ucd.ie).

Posted by Enject Editor on 5th July 2017

COHEAT 2017 Special Session on Connected Health Technologies Call for Papers EXTENDED

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Submission of papers for COHEAT 2017 Special Session on Connected Health Technologies has extended its deadline until 7th April. Please follow http://www.contel.hr/2017/cfp-special-session-coheat-2017/ for more details on the call for papers. Submissions will be handled through the EDAS Conference Management System. To submit a paper, please go directly to the paper submission portal available via https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=22845&track=84957. Questions regarding the paper submission process the conference taking place 29th June in Zagreb, Croatia can be directed to enject@ucd.ie.

Posted by Enject Editor on 28th March 2017

STSM Case Report Presentation

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As part of ENJECT’s Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) programme, a group of researchers will present the findings of a Case Report compiled in conjunction with their COST required Scientific Report and mission. Deemed to be a further benefit to the participant’s research and experience on the mission, the Action appealed for an additional Case Report drawing on the work already done during the STSM and in the Scientific Report. It is hoped that these Case Reports, which offer more detail on a certain aspect of the Scientific Report, will be compiled into a book and symposium of best case studies and delivered in February 2017 at a joint Management Committee Meeting and Workshop.

Posted by Enject Editor on 13th December 2016

Connected Health Repository Under Development

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Working in collaboration with CHESS (Europe’s first networked Connected Health PhD training programme), the ENJECT network is in the process of developing an online storage facility dedicated to Connected Health Technology-themed publications.  Student reviewed articles, project reports, and outcomes can be stored, searched, and shared amongst fellow PhD students. With the Action website acting as a repository for cross-national information in the field of Connected Health Technology, it is hoped that the sharing of information between the multidisciplinary fields of Connected Health and the countries engaged in its study will be achieved .

Posted by Enject Editor on 13th December 2016

Published: Connected Health in Europe: Where We Are Today?

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The ENJECT Report entitled Connected Health in Europe: Where Are We Today? is complete and published. The survey used in the compilation of the report aimed to develop an understanding of Europe’s readiness to adopt Connected Health/eHealth solutions at both a regional and a European level.  Most of the questions were answered at a national level, but some countries reported apparent regional differences.

Two MC members from each representative country responded in tandem to a majority of the questions based upon their own knowledge and understanding of the policies and procedures in place in their respective counties to form one cohesive knowledge set. Time was allowed for the referencing of additional reports and input on individual questions. The final result of the report forms the basis for a comprehensive overview of the state of Connected Health readiness not only at a local, but also at a European wide, level.

The document has been assigned an ISBN number and will be stored in the UCD Open Access Central Repository where it can be searched and referenced. For a full .pdf version of the report, please use the following link: Final Report

Everyone’s effort is greatly appreciated. The final results deliver valuable insights and form the basis for future research on Connected Health readiness and implementation.  The Action’s continued work will ensure maximum dissemination of the output.

 

 

 

 

Posted by Enject Editor on 1st December 2016

Call for Connected Health London 2017 Training School Applications

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ENJECT Training School: Making an Impact with Connected Health Research

This short, intensive course will take place at King’s College London Strand Campus in the heart of London from the 11th through the 13th of September 2017.  Rather than offering deep disciplinary learning, this workshop will focus on interdisciplinary impact in three key arenas:

  1. Scientific Impact: the challenges, opportunities and venues for inter-disciplinary publishing.
  2. Commercial Impact: Industrial collaborations and translating research outputs into the commercial world
  3. Societal impact: Policy, clinical practice and patient engagement

The course is targeted at students who are engaged in a PhD programme or postdoctoral research in a health-related context.  It is, however, open to students from all scientific disciplines.

The course is organised by the ENJECT Cost Action and is hosted by the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College London.

Teaching methods used in this particular Training School include:

  • Interdisciplinary workshops facilitated by senior researchers
  • Invited talks from impact stakeholders
  • Social events to facilitate interdisciplinary networking

Please note: this programme is indicative and subject to change. Time slots will be announced shortly.

Day 1: Monday, 11th September            
1.       Welcome and Practical Issues with Dr Vasa Curcin, Lecturer in Health Informatics, Division of Health & Social Care Research, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London

2.       About Connected Health Research: The Challenges of Making an Impact with Prof. Brian Caulfield, Chair ENJECT; Dean of Physiotherapy; Director, Insight Centre for Data Analytics; University College Dublin, Ireland

3.       Metamorphosing a Connected Health Business with Dr Luis Fernandez-Luque, Qatar Computing Research Institute and CSO of Salumedia OR Two Sides of the Same Coin: Academia and Industry in Connected Health with Dr Luis Fernandez-Luque

4.       Interdisciplinary Workshop: Developing an Impact Framework for Connected Health Research

Day 2: Tuesday, 12th September 

1.       What Happens Next? Winning the Google Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge with Prof Brian Caulfield

2.       “Wearables for Health and Gamification – The End-User Perspective” with Dr. Jan Kool, Rehabilitation Centre Valens , Switzerland

3.       “Strategies for Technology Transfer of Connected Health: A Personal Journey”  with Dr Luis Fernandez-Luque

4.       “Influencing Policy, Activating Patients, and Harnessing Industry”  with Dr Derrick Mitchell, CEO, IPPOSI (www.ipposi.ie)

Afternoon: Site visit and group work in London Digital Catapult
Day 3: Wednesday, 13th September      
1.       Social Media Communication for Connected Health Researchers with Dr Luis Fernandez-Luque

2.       Panel Discussion: Commercialization and Publication with Dr Vasa Curcin, Prof Brian Caulfield, and Dr Luis Fernandez-Luque

Social Programme: To Be Confirmed

Monday, 11th September

Tuesday, 12th September

Course Summary:

  • Language: English
  • Participants: up to 28
  • Total hours: 24 hours plus social events

Selection Process for Grantees:

There is no registration fee for the course.

Students have the opportunity to apply for grants to partially cover their travel, accommodation, and meal expenses. The following grants are offered:

  • 17 grants of €700 for students
  • up to 11 non-funded places for local students
  • A limited number of additional grants of €100 will be available towards visa costs where required

The applicants should fill the e-registration form (see below) and include in one single document:

  • A cover letter with a statement of interest of up to one page
  • CV including a list of publications

Registration Form; Please follow link below

Training School Registration Form London

The following selection criteria will be applied:

  • CV
  • Letter of interest
  • Gender balance
  • Country balance

Submission Deadlines

  • 22nd May: Application submission
  • 29th May: Selection and announcement of participants

If you do not receive notification of receipt of your application, please contact enject@ucd.ie after 3 business days.

Please contact enject@ucd.ie with any additional questions.

Posted by Enject Editor on 13th August 2016

A recap of “The Learning Health System” 2015

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The December 2015 ENJECT Training School, focusing on The Learning Health System, featured a series of lectures including:

  • an Introduction to Connected Health by  Professor Brian Caulfield, (Chair) ENJECT and UCD Connected Health;
  • an overview of Connected Health Projects in the North of England by Professor John Ainsworth, University of Manchester, UK; 
  • Health Data Mining by Professor Tahar Kechadi, Insight Centre, University College Dublin, Ireland;
  • The Learning Health System by Dr. Vasa Curcin, Kings College London, UK; 
  • Knowledge Modeling for Diagnostic Support by Mr Derek Corrigan, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland and
  • Software Engineering for Connected Health by Dr. Noel Carroll, ARCH and University of Limerick, Ireland.

The Training School took place over three days at UCD and targeted students who are engaged in a PhD programme or in postdoctoral research in a health-related context. Students from other scientific disciplines were also invited to attend.

Individual and group exercises, as well as hands-on workshops with patients and patient representative organisations focusing on the challenge of problem identification, gave students practical experience in two key areas that are crucial to good Connected Health research- routine translation of data into knowledge (the Learning Health System) and methodological perspectives (working with patient populations).

Posted by Enject Editor on 11th November 2015

Travel Grants for Connected Health Research

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COST Action TD 1405 Enject invites researchers from participating COST Countries to submit applications for the 2nd call for Short-Term Scientific Missions(STSM) Applications for missions occurring between 1st May 2016 and 31st January 2017.

Purpose of a STSM

STSMs are aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing Researchers participating in a given COST Action to visit an Institution / Organisation in another Participating COST country / an approved NNC institution or an approved IPC institution . A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action , whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques , gain access to specific data, instruments and / or methods not available in their own institutions / organisations.

Please see the full call for STSM applications here: STSM CALL 2 Enject.  There are a number of pre-defined STSM opportunities available where host and project have already been identified and we are seeking interested researchers – see the list STSM-HOSTS Feb16.

Deadline for applications to be submitted: 1st March 2016

Notification of application outcome: 11th March 2016

Period of STSM : 1st May 2016  and 31st January 2017.

All STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the period specified above.

Please note that the application page has been integrated in e-COST allowing the future STSM applicants to create a complete e-COST profile at the same time as their STSM application. This will help the applicants to download their Grant Notification Letter as soon as the application is approved.

STSM applications can now be made by clicking on the following link www.cost.eu/STSM or by logging in e-COST and clicking on “STSM Application” on the menu available on the left.

If you have any questions relating to an STSM application please feel free to contact STSM co-ordinator, Kristina Drusany Staric (drusany@yahoo.com) or enject@ucd.ie.

Posted by Enject Editor on 22nd October 2015


 

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