Several national and regional initiatives already support the pooling of genomic and other health data to advance research and personalised medicine. The next step is to make use of the existing infrastructures and initiatives for the successful exploitation of genomic data to facilitate personalised medicine.
The challenge is to demonstrate the potential and benefits of AI technologies for identifying new knowledge, support clinical research and decision making by linking Europe’s relevant genomic repositories, while ensuring full compliance with data protection legislation and ethical principles.
Proposals should demonstrate the potential and benefits of AI technologies for advancing research and personalised medicine through the linking of relevant genomics data and repositories, according to adequate organisational, regulatory, security, ethical and technical requirements.
By combining sequenced genomic data and other medical data, physicians and researchers can understand better diseases at a personal level and can determine the most appropriate treatment for a particular person. The focus should be to reduce the burden of diseases for which a treatment exists and to apply such treatments in a more targeted way, to identify new evidences on the predictive value of the AI solutions and to enhance the diagnostic capacity e.g. for rare or low prevalence and complex diseases.
Proposals should demonstrate a potential to build a large-scale distributed repository of relevant genomic data and other -omics and medical data that will enable to advance validation of the new clinically impactful insights supported trough AI solutions. Proposals should ensure compliance with the relevant privacy, cybersecurity, ethical and legal rules.
The European Open Science Cloud Initiative (EOSC) may facilitate the access of researchers to the newest data managing technologies, High Performance Computing facilities to process and analyse data.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting from the EU up to EUR 10 Million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
22 April 2020 at 17:00 Brussels time