Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who are EIT Health and the Wild Card Projects looking for?
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 – everyone is welcome.
EIT Health is looking for the best and the brightest talent in Europe. The ideal team will be composed of three different profiles:
- Technical Lead: focuses on the available technology options, requirements and architectural issues. It needs to be someone with extensive experience with the technology or the science which will be at the center for the proposed solution.
- Clinical Lead: focuses on the medical and healthcare delivery issues (can be a practicing physician, clinical department manager).
- Business Lead: focuses on the overall business objectives, customer definition, business plan, etc. It needs to be someone with business expertise. It would be an advanatge if you previously had entrepreneurial experience. An MBA is NOT required. Deep market expertise in the related area will be valued.
There is no assumption that the Business Lead will be responsible for coordinating the team’s work.
This knowledge and expertise does not need to be specific to one individual, we are interested in people who have combined skills – someone with expertise in more than one of the areas noted above. For example, a clinician with an MBA and/or experience in the industry.
We recognise that not every team may require a full-time Clinical Lead, depending on the project.
It’s about finding the right people, not just the ideal team.
2. What is Wild Card not looking for?
EIT Health is looking for new, ground-breaking and innovative ideas with commercial potential. What EIT Health is not looking for:
- Drug development
- Research proposals
- Requests for direct donations or grants to individuals
- Projects with existing or current EIT Health funding
3. Who can apply to the Wild Card Projects?
Individuals or teams can apply. EIT Health is looking for the best and the brightest talents to solve some of healthcare’s greatest challenges.
If you are applying as part of a team, each team member must fill in the application form separately and indicate other applicants as fellow team members.
Already created startups or companies are not eligible to apply.
4. What do I need to be eligible for the Wild Card Projects?
There are two criteria to be eligible:
- 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 shall possess full professional English proficiency.
5. Which criteria are used to evaluate the applications?
There are 4 selection criteria by which every application will be evaluated:
Individuals will be evaluated by their level of expertise and level of excellence in:
- Science and/or Technology for the Technical Lead,
- A Clinical Area or Disease Area for the Clinical Lead,
- Entrepreneurial experience and/or market/industry knowledge for the Business Lead.
Uniqueness of approach:
- Ideas should use innovative and unique approaches to solve the challenges. For example, applying existing knowledge in a new way or in a different context, or applying new knowledge to solve challenges with a different approach.
- Solutions need to transform the current paradigm – we are looking for 100% improvements for the industry.
Feasibility of the idea and potential for scalability:
- Ideas should be feasible in terms of the science and/or technology involved, the timeline and the resources required.
- Projects should be possible to scale. That is, it should be possible to implement the results in multiple healthcare settings (regions/countries).
Solutions must create an impact in the following metrics:
- Improving patient-centered outcomes (clinical and non-clinical).
- Increasing healthcare system efficiency: either achieving more with the same budget or achieving the same with less budget.
- Granting access to healthcare services (more people accessing the healthcare system).
6. Who should apply, how and when?
The deadline for 2018 applications closed on 10 February 2019. Please continue to visit our website for news and updates on the Wild Card projects. More information on the 2019 call for applications will be made available on this website later this year.
7. Is it better to apply as an individual or as a team?
All applicants will be assessed individually, whether they apply on their own or as part of a team. There is no preference for admitting teams or individuals.
8. I was born outside Europe, but currently live here. Can I apply?
Applicants must hold the relevant citizenship or be permanent a resident of one of the countries listed here.
9. I speak English but I don’t have any official certificate to prove my proficiency. Can I apply?
Yes, you can apply. As EIT Health’s working language is English, applicants shall possess full professional English proficiency. Both, the interviews and the tournament will be conducted in English.
10. I have deep expertise in my field (technical, clinical, business) but I do not have a very innovative idea. Should I apply?
Yes, you should. You might be the perfect fit for a team that has a great unique innovative idea and are looking for your expertise.
11. If I don't apply with an idea, what should I do with parts of the application form regarding proposed solutions and descriptions?
Do not leave any part of the application form empty. Complete the form by concentrating on highlighting the unique experience and skills you can offer to the Wild Card programme and projects.
12. We are a team of two people, who is missing one of the applicant profile types - should we apply?
Yes, you should apply. EIT Health will provide opportunities to find the relevant missing profiles in each team.
13. We have a start-up company, can we apply?
No. Wild Card seeks to establish new start-up companies working on ideas addressing the Wild Card challenges. See Question 31 below for related information.
14. What type of ideas are EIT Health looking for?
EIT Health is looking for novel ideas to solve two challenges in the 2018 Call, aiming for 100% improvements for the industry. Solutions need to transform the current paradigm.
More information on the challenges can be found on the website, see
Challenge 1: SMART HEALTH https://wildcard.eithealth.eu/challenge-1-smart-health/
Challenge 2: FIGHT BACK https://wildcard.eithealth.eu/challenge-2-fight-back/
15. Will EIT Health provide individual feedback to the projects presented?
EIT Health is not obliged to provide formal feedback to any applicant on his/her application.
16. What can the EIT Health grant be used for?
Anything required to make the project a success (salaries, housing, travel expenses, prototyping, IP analysis, etc.) under the condition that these expenses need to eligible under Horizon 2020 schemes (see here).
17. Will the team get one (1) million EUROS in one lump sum?
No. The funds will be transferred when the Action Plan is evaluated, every 6 months. There will be 2 payments per year, or another reasonable payment schedule may be agreed with the teams.
18. Does the team need to validate the expenses with somebody from EIT Health?
Wild Card Projects do not need to get approval from EIT Health before incurring all expenses. Expenses need to be eligible under the Horizon 2020 schemes (see here). The teams are under the obligation to report the expenses to keep up with compliance obligations from the Horizon 2020. EIT Health may engage support to help the start-ups.
19. To whom are the teams accountable?
The winning teams will expected to report to EIT Health throughout their project and will be accountable to them also.
20. How will progress be measured?
Every 6 months, progress against the targets in the Action Plan will be measured in a meeting with EIT Health.
21. Who will set the milestones in the Action Plan?
The milestones will be developed by the winning teams and before incorporating the company, with the help of the Business Mentors of EIT Health network. An EIT Health representative will attend the Board meetings to secure alignment.
22. Will a member of EIT Health have a seat on the representative Board of Directors of the startup?
Yes, EIT Health will hold a seat on the Board of Directors of the startup, with formal voting rights.