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Registration of Experts for Research Activities

The call for experts for the seventh framework programme has been launched.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Awards

Grand Challenges in Global Health - One Great Idea. Two pages to fill out. $100,000 to prove it.

EU gives financial support to the Eurostars Joint Programme

On 2 August 2008, the EU formally gave its support to the Eurostars Joint Programme. The EP and the Council of the EU have established that the FP7 contribution to the Eurostars programme will not exceed €100 million.

Innovative Medicines Initiative proves popular

Figures have just been released on the number of Expressions of Interest (EoI) submitted to the first IMI calls that closed on 15 July 2008.

DG SANCO Annual Work Plan 2009

DG Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) of the European Commission is seeking views of priorities for the DG SANCO Annual Work Plan 2009. We all believe and support the idea that vision research and ophthalmic topics MUST by on the agenda in 2009.

European Vision Institute. Clinical Trials. Sites of Excellence

European Vision Institute. Clinical Trials. Sites of Excellence is a network of European Ophthalmological Clinical Research Sites, dedicated to perform clinical research in ophthalmology with the highest standards of quality, following the European and International Directives for Clinical Trial Research.

The Clinical Trial Site of the European Vision Institute (EVI.CT.SE) has presently 48 member institutions (from 14 European countries) in the process of certification and another 20 candidate centre’s.

The European Vision Award 2008

The European Vision Award 2008 goes to Hendrik Scholl, Bonn, Germany.

EC pilots new scheme for open access to research articles

The EC will fund over €50 billion of research during FP7. Therefore, it is extremely keen to see that these research results are disseminated as widely and effectively as possible to guarantee maximum exploitation and impact with researchers and beyond.

New IPR strategy for Europe

The EC recently adopted a Communication on a new industrial property rights (IPR) strategy for Europe. This Communication outlines a number of actions as the keystone to maintain a high quality industrial property rights system for the EU in the 21st century. It aims to support inventors in making informed choices on the protection of their industrial property rights and calls for robust enforcement against counterfeiting and piracy.

EuroVisionNet has started

"Visual Impairment and Degeneration: A Road-map for Vision Research within Europe"

AFER/Pfizer Ophthalmics/Carl Camras Translational Research Awards

Congratulations to the premier recipients of the AFER/Pfizer Ophthalmics/Carl Camras Translational Research Awards

Commission working paper on Health programme

A EC Staff Working Paper has been published on the recent Mid-Term Evaluation of the Public Health Programme.