Call for Applications 2018

Wild Card seeks to transform European healthcare delivery through attracting the best and the brightest minds to solve some of the biggest challenges. These are the problems that still are unsolved, inefficiently solved or delivered in a very expensive or inconvenient format. Through Wild Card, EIT Health will support high-risk innovative ideas with transformative potential on healthcare, targeted at solving key challenges as set out by EIT Health Partners.

The two challenge areas for 2018 are:

SMART HEALTH: How to transform medical diagnostics with artificial intelligence and big data?
FIGHT BACK: How to manage antibiotic resistance in European healthcare?

Wild Card is open to anyone who is interested: academics, researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, data analysts, business analysts and advisors, or simply motivated, creative and inventive people.

Before applying to Wild Card, there are just a few steps to be completed:

1. Ensure you download and read in full the Call for Applications and Terms of Reference documents below. This is very important as these documents set out all the necessary formalities and requirements associated with the Wild Card initiative. 

2. Create an account on EIT Health – by clicking on the Submit Your Application button at the bottom of this page, you will be directed to a new page where you will be asked to create your account. 

3. Get your application ready – you will find all the details of what’s required as part of your application in the Call for Applications document and on our FAQ page. Then submit!

Call for Applications:

(updated version 02 February 2018)

Terms of Reference:


Eligibility criteria

Applicants must hold a European Union citizenship (EU Member State, their outermost regions, overseas countries or territories linked to the Member States), Horizon 2020 associated countries, or be permanent residents of one of the countries listed here.

Applicants should also possess full professional English language proficiency.

Application Requirements

Applications must be completed and submitted via the electronic submission system before the deadline of 9 March 2018, 17:00 CET. All application documents must be formulated in English.

Individuals and small teams (up to 3 people) can apply to participate in the programme. Members of a small team must apply individually and indicate fellow applicants as team members. We reserve the right not to invite all team members to the next stage.

To be considered complete, your electronic application form must be submitted with the following documents:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum);
  • A motivation letter, elaborating on your reasons for applying (1 page maximum); and
  • A 3-minute video with 3 sections – a) presenting yourself, b) explaining your motivation for applying, and c) outlining the uniqueness of your approach/solution (should you have one).

Selection Process

Applications will be assessed by a Selection Committee who will review the submitted ideas/applicants in line with 4 selection criteria:

  • Domain knowledge: level of experience the applicant has in science, technology, healthcare, entrepreneurship, business.
  • Uniqueness of approach: how innovative applicant is in their approach and proposal.
  • Feasibility of idea and potential for scalability: does the idea work in terms of the resources and timelines required.
  • Impact: could the idea bring about real patient-centred, impactful change in the healthcare sector.


The end goal aim is to “incorporate” the winning projects, by the creation of a legal entity, with incubation and accelerator support.

EIT Health aims to provide (financial) support to the project, support which will be arranged by a project grant agreement in accordance with the rules of the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation Programme. A profit sharing agreement will be part of the relationship with EIT Health, with details to be elaborated.

Any intellectual property created will be owned by the project team and, upon incorporation of the winning project, by the company created to further develop the winning project. All team members will have to agree to assign any IP rights to said company. Any dissemination of results by the team and/or the start-up legal entity shall be subject to the prior approval of EIT Health.

All applicants and other persons involved in the initiative will have to keep strictly confidential any information, conditions, terms and agreements obtained due to and by their involvement in the EIT Health Wild Card Projects.