IMI's next Call for proposals is set to feature topics on cancer, tuberculosis, psoriasis, drugs based on proteins, and vaccines.
The full list of topics currently being considered for inclusion in IMI2 – Call 20 is as follows; we have published the draft texts on the Future Topics page of the website, giving potential applicants extra time to start working on proposals.
- Early diagnosis, prediction of radiographic outcomes and development of rational, personalised treatment strategies to improve long-term outcomes in psoriatic arthritis
- Innovations to accelerate vaccine development and manufacture
- Real-world clinical implementation of liquid biopsy
- Tumour plasticity
- Proton versus photon therapy for oesophageal cancer – a trimodality strategy
- Handling of protein drug products and stability concerns
- Academia and industry united innovation and treatment for tuberculosis (UNITE4TB) (Note: This topic is part of the IMI Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Accelerator programme)
The draft topic texts have been published online on the Future Topics page of the IMI website. Although the texts are indicative and could change in the coming weeks, we hope that the information will allow potential applicants to start building a consortium and putting together a proposal.
What happens next?
IMI’s Scientific Committee (which includes top scientists from across Europe) and States Representatives Group (which includes representatives from the EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020) are now reviewing the draft topic texts. Once their comments have been addressed, the topics will go to the IMI Governing Board (which is made up of equal numbers of representatives of the European Commission and EFPIA) for final approval. We plan to officially launch IMI2 – Call 20 on 21 January 2020.
Long term future topics
Meanwhile, we are already working on the following Calls for proposals. The discussions on these topics are still in their early stages, and they may change considerably over the coming months. Furthermore, as the discussions advance, it is likely that some topics will be added to this list while others will be dropped. In any case, we have published the indicative list of topics on the Future Topics page to give potential applicants a useful glimpse into what is under development in the longer term.