Living Labs and Test Beds

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Do you want to validate, co-create or ideate your product with actual end users in a real environment? Do you want to increase the chance of a successful market introduction of your medical-technological innovation? Then think of working with a Living Lab! Discover all the options and services offering of our EIT Health Living Labs network.

Who should apply
All organizations seeking to try, or to improve, their products are invited to work with the EIT Health Living Labs network. It has wide geographic coverage throughout Europe and wide coverage of thematic areas in the EIT Health – such as MedTech, digital health or e-health – allowing a diverse group of organizations to benefit from the network.

Main features of our work

  • Joint work: We know that working together gives you access to the best results. For this reason, we have created a network linking a wide variety of specialized Living Labs and Test Beds facilities across Europe. The EIT Health Living Labs network ensures coverage of the most complex innovation processes throughout the various phases of the value chain.
  • End users as beneficiaries: We believe the end user is the one who knows best what he wants. We work at incorporating the end users to the innovation processes as a key element to guarantee a successful outcome.
  • Quality guarantee: We add the right environment and the required expertise for the ideation, co-creation, development and validation of new methodologies, technologies, services or products for health and healthcare sector.

The programme

Options to participate:

Applications are open all year long, and applicant start-ups are distinguished in two categories:

  • Start-ups with their own funds: If you indicate in the application that you have your own funds or other EIT Health grants (such as Headstart or Bridgehead) you will have direct access to the Living Lab and Test Beds services without going through evaluation process. Start-ups with their own funding will still be eligible in the competition for vouchers for services. To apply with your own funds, click here. Also, notify the programme managers (
  • Start-ups requesting vouchers: If you are a start-up that does not have your own funds and require financial support to accelerate your innovation, you can apply through the Living Labs and Test Beds programme open call for 20 vouchers each of value €7500. These vouchers are awarded in two waves across the whole year (ten vouchers in each call).

Eligibility and financial support

All start-ups and SMEs applying in Living Labs and Test Beds project will be considered eligible for €7 500 vouchers that they can use for support of the programme if:

  • they submit an application in English;
  • the application is complete;
  • they are not a previously selected Living Labs and Test Beds candidate;
  • the company is registered, ideally before 2018;
  • their registration certificate is uploaded;
  • they are operating within the EU;
  • they did not receive more than €50 000 from other EIT Health funds during the current year.

Co-Funding: In order to see commitment from our applicants, we require projects to provide co-funding of 33.33% (€2 500) of the grant amount requested from EIT Health. Co-funding includes applicants’ own financial resources to cover part of the planned total project costs. These costs are directly linked to the LL&TB activities and are an integral part of the planned project budget, and should be at least €10 000.

The process

  1. Application via Optimy: European start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs interested in utilising the services of EIT Health Living Lab and Test Bed Network can apply via the EIT Health application platform, hosted by Optimy.
  2. Analysis of applications and needs: The applications will be evaluated by the group of experts from the project consortium who will assess the needs of start-ups and will invite the applicants to the EIT Health accelerator platform (Chronus). Using this platform, applicants can identify three potential living labs or test beds matching their needs and interests and inform the project coordinators about the selection.
  3. Matchmaking and contact: In this phase, the project management team will do the matchmaking and establish a connection between the start-up and the most suitable living lab, where they can agree upon, define and organise the specific services needed by the start-up and the budget required for it.
  4. Follow up: Both the living lab or test bed and the start-up will be monitored by the consortium’s experts, who will accompany the process. They will also gather information to evaluate the proper functioning of the programme and make the necessary improvements.

Important dates 2020:

There is no deadline for start-ups that would like to apply for services with their own funds or with other EIT Health grants. For start-ups requesting vouchers, the following dates are important:

  • 16 December 2019 to 16 March 2020 23:59 CET
  • 17 March 2020 to 30 May 2020 23:59 CET
  • Communication of results of the first wave: First week of April 2020
  • Communication of results of the second wave: Second week of June 2020
  • Project grant agreements signatures: Maximum one months since the communication of each wave resolution

Start-ups have one calendar year (12 months) from the time the sub-granting agreement and the service agreement are signed by the start-up and the EIT Health and the start-up and Living Lab/Test Bed, respectively, for its execution. The duration of the services may last two months at the minimum.

Start-ups click here to apply.

Information for living labs and test beds

To join the EIT Health Living Labs and Test Beds Network and offer your services:

  1. Follow this link to create a Chronus profile. (Open all year long.)
  2. Press the “Join Now” button, fill in the form and accept the Code of Conduct.
  3. Once step 2 is completed, administrators will review the application.
  4. If the application is accepted, you are already part of the network!

Keep in mind that an attractive, complete and active Chronus profile on the platform is very important when start-ups make the choice about where to accelerate their innovations!